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  • Developing the Great Leader Within
    Developing the Great Leader Within In a rapidly growing economy, such as in Dubai, where the employment market is booming, the best talent enjoys a wide choice of jobs with the biggest brands and for high salaries. Business leaders who wish to continue to thrive and grow will need to offer more and more to attract and retain their best people, thereby enabling them to leverage their talent, experience and knowledge capital. If they can do this successfully, they will give their organisations a huge advantage – better people being developed and retained in the business also makes the culture one to which other good…
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  • Be Strong
    Be Strong Perhaps the quality most associated with great leadership is strength. We may think of military leaders who refused to give up when the odds were against them, political leaders who defied those around them and ploughed ahead with their policies, business leaders who ruled by fear. But ruling by fear and toughing things out is far from what makes a great leader today. The quality of strength that makes the most significant and sustainable difference to leadership in a successful modern organisation is somewhat more complex and subtle, closer to inner strength than outer bravado. A great leader, with a…
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  • Be Principled
    Be Principled We all have values and principles, we learn them from early childhood and continue to update and add to these as we become adults. From our parents, we learn what is important, moral guidance, rules about what they say is acceptable and not acceptable, also what they think are behaviours to be rewarded or punished.  We learn values about how to be ‘good’. We learn the meaning of money and attitudes to others. We learn how to treat people and how they treat us in return. We also learn from them how to tell lies, the importance of winning, how…
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  • Be Clear
    Be Clear Throughout history, people have organised themselves into societies, making the most of what we can achieve when we think and act together for the common good. For this to work, we have always needed and have selected leaders who have showed that they can provide and articulate a vision of the future that we find compelling – we are so convinced by their story that we feel confident to pool our resources, to invest what we have in their imagined future. The great leader is able and willing to do this, to look at what is and what might be,…
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  • Be Inspiring
    Be Inspiring One of the qualities many people associate with great leadership is the ability to inspire others, often expressed as “I want to be more charismatic”. In fact, inspiring others is not about “charisma” which is simply a function of personality and therefore ego; being inspirational is more about creating and maintaining energy for the right things, knowing and demonstrating clearly what those right things are and celebrating and rewarding even small successes. If you think about who has inspired you, in your career or in your personal life, the people who come to mind will be a reflection of your…
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  • Be a Coach
    Be a Coach We are often asked, “what is the most important skill in which I should develop real strength, in order to raise my game and become a better leader?” I am convinced by what I have seen in organisations that investing time and energy in coaching your people is the very best way to develop real bench strength in your organisation. Even better is to foster and reward a coaching culture, a working environment where all managers practice and receive coaching routinely, where staff know what their development path is and how they are improving their performance and enhancing their skills…
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  • Be Creative
    Be Creative A global credit crunch, failing banks, falling share prices and nervous, volatile stock markets are all causing great concern and anxiety across the globe. However, in times like this, many people and organisations will be making a fortune, capitalising on a situation that presents different opportunities from those we have become used to. It is the ability to see and create opportunities from even disasters, that great leaders demonstrate. This is one example of how creativity is a vital ingredient in great leadership, since doing only the obvious, the predictable, the things we have always done, is rarely enough to…
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  • Be Collaborative
    Be Collaborative As share prices collapse and previously strong businesses find themselves staring at layoffs and possibly even closure, leaders are under increasing pressure to deliver a robust performance to rebuild confidence.  The temptation to revert to dictatorial, command and control style management is strong. A poverty mentality - there will not be enough to go around so we are in competition for scarce resources – pushes leaders into limited thinking and a narrowed field of view. Fear of failure closes down creativity, resourceful thinking and the positive and productive patterns full of hope and optimism that have created success in the…
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