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'Leader By Design'
How to build and live with Real Confidence
Change your story - Change your life!
The Power of Self
Confidence, connection, Control, Calm
Kindness is the new currency for leaders
The Power of People
Leadership is a lifestyle choice
Get off the train to burnout town!
45 to Thrive
People before Profit
The Foundations of Great Leadership
The Power of Culture
KINDNESS IS THE NEW CURRENCY FOR LEADERS
For many leaders, kindness isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think about great leadership, right? Well, I’m here to challenge that thought.
Kindness is the new superpower for leaders…in fact I believe kindness is a new form of currency, one you can trade for loyalty, commitment and high performance. Kind leaders – are very capable of making good and strong business decisions, even tough decisions with kindness. When I talk about kindness I’m not just talking about leadership – I’m talking about leading with kindness in all areas of our lives.
Kindness is not a weakness…kindness is courageous.
LEADER BY DESIGN
Leadership is something that I am extremely passionate about…not only my leadership but the leadership of those around me.
When I talk about leadership, I’m talking about leading not only in business, but also leading in our own lives whether that be in your community, school, workplace or even your home. Leadership starts with self...we need to be leading in our own lives before we can lead anyone else.
When I get asked about leadership, I always start with what leadership is not – it’s not about a title, power, level of authority, size of your office, carpark, the number of direct reports you have or the size of your salary. We often look up to and admire people with titles, rank and positions of power, labeling them leaders.
What I learnt over time in both life and business is that these trappings do not automatically qualify a person for leadership. And in fact, you don’t even need a title to be a leader. Every day we have the ability to lead through every action, interaction, reaction and decision we make in business and in life.
We all have the ability to become a ‘Leader By Design’, we all have the ability to become the leader we always wanted to be, and the leader we always wanted to follow.
CHANGE YOUR STORY - CHANGE YOUR LIFE
One of the biggest challenges women face today is a lack of confidence. Lack of confidence is the reason we stay in a jobs we don’t like or stay in toxic relationships or the reason we don’t ask for that promotion or pay rise.
We need to start building real confidence so that we put our hand up for that promotion, walk into a boardroom and kill it with confidence and have a voice.
There are so many things we can do to build real confidence – one of them is to change that negative self talk. When you...Change your story – change your life!
We have this inner voice inside our head that is highly judgemental and says things to us like: I’m not good enough, I’m going to fail, I’m under prepared, I don’t fit in, I’m too young, I’m too old. These stories can leave us feeling stuck, deflated and sometimes even sabotage our success.
We need to interrupt this story from self sabotage and start taking control and create a more empowering story that helps us feel confident to take action.
Change your story – Change your life.
PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT
We live in a profit driven world – sales, margins, market share, shareholder return and revenue are all critical performance measures, with profit being essential for organisations to reinvest, innovate and grow.
However, an area that is often over–looked is one that you’re not going to find on a spreadsheet… ‘people’! Leaders need to create environments where people feel connected, where their work matters, where they can contribute and feel part of something greater than the seat they sit in and the role they perform. In my experience when people feel valued, trusted and empowered, they will also feel engaged and motivated.
I believe people with passion and purpose = profit.
THE FOUNDATION OF GREAT LEADERSHIP
Great leadership is about leading people, but great leadership starts with self – you have to be leading in your own life before you can lead anyone else.
The three foundations of great leadership are: self, values and purpose, no matter where you are on your leadership journey. Self–awareness and truly knowing yourself is when you are ready to lead others.
Values give us clarity with our decision making and are not only an important part of who we are – they also shape who we want to become. When we know our purpose, we move from: ‘what we do’ to ‘why we do it’ and ‘why does it matter’!
When we are clear on our purpose, we can create a vision for what the future looks like, set the right goals and plans, and take the right steps to create the life that we want and the one we deserve.
CULTURE STARTS AT THE TOP
Many leaders will talk about their competitive advantage as being their strategy, their product offering, their processes, innovation or even their HR policies.
This can be true to some extent, but I believe an organisation’s biggest competitive advantage is its people and the culture and environment they create. As leaders, it is our job to create cultures and environments that allow people to shine. It’s our job to create a culture of inspiration, empowerment, collaboration, and trust...and I promise you when you do, the organisation thrives.
We often mistaken culture for things like free lunches, free parking or a free pass to the gym and don’t get me wrong, these things are all great. Culture is also not something you can buy off the shelf, nor will a few affirmations or posters around the office do the trick.
There is no quick fix or magic pill to creating a great culture. Culture is an always on proposition...a positive, productive and empowering culture pays off in so many ways not just the bottom line.