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Leadership

Even though leadership is universally accepted as important, there is no single definition. Plus a challenge with management theory is that each framework typically replaces others and doesn't build upon what came before.

Management is a job. Leadership is a function or an activity. Anyone and everyone can be a leader. It's the small things that you do that make a difference, influence others and make life at work better.

Managers versus Leaders:

One way to look at the differences between managers and leaders is: Management is a job. Leadership is a function or an activity. Anyone and everyone can be a leader. It's the small things that you do that make a difference.

Discover the fuller comparison between managers and leaders:

Leadership - Comparison of Leadership St

 

Leadership Styles:

A coach and a coaching style of leadership will help when a leader can't have all the answers - surrounded by unprecedented change, unpredictability and complexity. Gone are the days when it was possible to know everything and when you could teach and instruct others on how to do it.

There is a continuum of leadership styles. Daniel Goleman described six of them in "Leadership That Gets Results", and your self-coaching journey would not be complete without an awareness of the other approaches.

Find out more about the different styles:

Exercise 7:

The best way to recover from a mistake or false start is to avoid one in the first place. A powerful technique to aid decision-making is something called a pre-mortem. You have probably heard of a post-mortem, which is when coroners and physicians examine a dead body to determine the cause of death. A pre-mortem applies the same principle but shifts the exame from after to before.

Convene a pre-mortem for a critical upcoming project:

 

Further resources: 

Leading during a Crisis

Decision-making frameworks

There are many excellent leadership books. These are three of my favourites:

 Why CEOs Fail

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?

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