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"Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things." – Peter Drucker. We bring together the best leadership thinking from around the world. These leadership articles provide the knowledge and inspiration you need to be a great leader.

Use executive coaching as a catalyst for change

A good executive coach challenges your belief systems, helping you see what you’re doing wrong so you can get it right.

We all have our blind spots – preconceptions about ourselves as people and as leaders. If these are allowed to go unchallenged, our own lack of self-awareness acts as a block to our ongoing development.

Find out what good coaching is and why we all need it....

Investing in credibility for greater success

Even the most logical proposals for change can be met with suspicion unless executives deliver them with integrity.

But how do you consistently get your message across to your teams in a positive and believable way?

By taking three key steps, leaders can allow their sincerity to shine and have a greater chance of success. Here’s what a “credibility first” transformation model...

Why your next CEO should be an outsider

When Ralph Lauren installed a discount retail specialist at the head of his luxury brand, he was seeking to secure his firm’s future in a rapidly evolving market.

Hiring your next CEO from outside the company used to be a last resort. But that’s changing as more boards look beyond their own ranks for their next chief executives. Here’s how you can best go about it

Keep calm and carry on communicating

How do you react to an angry customer, a difficult colleague or a tense negotiation? Great communicators face all kinds of conflict and know exactly what to say and how to say it.

Communicate well and others will trust in your ability to lead and support them.

Think on your feet and people will see you as credible, professional, reliable and confident.

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Five reputational risks and how to plan for them

You can’t avoid scandal, but you can prepare for it. Here’s how to plan for five of the most serious reputational risks to your business.

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Redesign your life for the sake of your business

Design thinking can improve your health, wellbeing and, ultimately, your executive performance. 

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How to lead the team you inherit

What can you do if the team you take over created the problem you’ve been hired to fix?

The best-known team-building framework is “forming, storming, norming and performing”. But that assumes you’re building a team from scratch.

In a recent article for Harvard Business Review, Michael Watkins offers a new model: “assessing, reshaping and accelerating”.

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Get ROI on your leadership training

Companies certainly recognise the importance of management and leadership coaching, spending a global total of $24bn on it in 2013 alone. But in a tough economic climate, it’s often the training budget that’s first to feel the squeeze.

Writing for Harvard Business Review, Ron Ashkenas of Schaffer Consulting and the University of Houston’s Robert Hausmann propose a new approach to...

The art of selling your ideas to the boss

If you struggle to secure buy-in for your proposals, then it might be time to change your strategy. There are a number of “issue-selling” tactics that will give your ideas traction and secure the resources and attention they deserve.

Five ways to be a faster, better leader

As the pace of business gets ever faster, leaders must learn to combine speed with effectiveness, say Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, writing for Harvard Business Review.

The authors analysed the 360-degree feedback evaluations of over 50,000 leaders and measured how quickly leaders could:

1) spot problems;

Want to be a great boss? Don’t do this

Become a great boss by thinking about the kind of boss you would hate to be, advises Avery Augustine, writing for Inc.com, via The Muse.

Being a great boss is a complicated business. It means finding the right balance between constructive criticism and praise, affection and respect, managing and delegating.

Your team holds the key to great leadership

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Leadership is not all about you, write Sucheta Nadkarni and Andreas Richter on the University of Cambridge Judge Business School blog. A strong team makes a great CEO and the most successful leaders look to others for solutions.

Leadership lessons from the Navy SEALs

Under pressure you don’t rise to the occasion – you sink to the level of your training. That’s just one of the lessons business coaches can learn from the US Navy SEALs’ training ethic, says Michael Schrage, writing for Harvard Business Review.

Seven ways to become your industry’s next expert

Becoming the authority in your field is a great way to grow your business, says Brian Horn, writing for Entrepreneur.com.

The author outlines seven easy ways to become your industry’s next expert:

1) Educate. Offer your customers free and valuable information, via blog posts, seminars and newsletters.

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Find the sinkholes in your strategy

No strategy is ever perfect, says Ken Favaro, writing for Strategy+Business. But it takes great leadership and confidence to recognise this.

The author poses two questions to help you work out just where your company’s weaknesses lie:

Why leaders make poor decisions

All leaders make poor decisions from time to time. Usually, they are relatively small and insignificant. However, writing for CEO.com, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman discuss the bad decisions leaders make that have a “titanic impact”.

Want to be a great leader? Ask for help

The most successful people in business rely on others to do their jobs better, insists Camille Preston, writing for the Fortune website.

Far from being a sign of weakness or a lack of competence, asking for help is something all great leaders do, says the author.

Stop blocking collaboration in your firm

Professionals who collaborate with their colleagues on cross-disciplinary work generate more revenue, inspire greater client loyalty and give their firms competitive edge, says Heidi Gardner in Harvard Business Review.

Five strategy beliefs that are just plain wrong

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We know a great deal about what strategy is, but very little about how to make strategy work, write Donald Sull, Rebecca Homkes and Charles Sull for Harvard Business Review.

Stop worrying about employee engagement

Are we in the midst of an employee engagement crisis? Or have consultants created a problem in order to sell business a solution, asks Nick Bron for Leadership Review.

2013 might have been a watershed year for the concept of “employee engagement”. Gallup published research indicating that only 13% of employees are “engaged” at work.

Ten essential lessons for entrepreneurs

For some entrepreneurs, things seem to fall into place on their rise to financial success, observes Jayson Demers, writing for Entrepreneur.com.

However, in spite of appearances, their success is not down to luck but rather an understanding of the importance of learning, adapting and growing, says the author.

15 quick fixes to improve productivity

Wish there were more hours in a day? Jayson De Mers, writing for Inc.com, reveals fifteen easy ways to boost productivity right now.

1) Go airplane mode. If you want to get things done, close your email and turn off your mobile phone, advises De Mers.

Don’t just lead your industry – dominate it

Competitive advantage is shifting, say Thomas N. Hubbard, Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi, writing for Strategy+Business. The new industry leaders are leaner and more focused than their predecessors. They are the “supercompetitors”.

How to build the perfect board

The perfect board is diverse, well-trained and highly skilled, says Dr Roger Barker of the Institute of Directors.

Writing in Management Today, Barker describes how to build a great board in eight easy steps.

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