eadership nuggets from the information badger‘The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things’.
Ronald Reagan

  • Leaders are people like everyone else; they exist at every level in a business – their personality types vary.
  • You don’t need to be an extrovert to be a leader; people who frequently tell you they are a leader are often not.
  • Good leaders know that an organisation, a business or a project succeeds or fails because of the people involved; leaders create an environment in which people can flourish.
  • Good leaders are demanding, objective, progressive and focused on overcoming all barriers to success – they build a culture of success and see things through to completion.
  • Poor leaders are often protectionist in case of failure and too ready to blame others.
  • Good leaders inspire others and listen to their ideas; they leverage these where they will improve the probability of successful outcomes. 
  • People are motivated by leaders who have a vision, communicate that vision well, are energetic on implementing it, and who are seen as honourable, fair, trustworthy and respectful.
  • People respond positively to leaders who do not procrastinate; good leaders are dynamic and keep the ‘discuss, decide, do’ decision making cycle as short as possible to maximise motivation and momentum towards successful outcomes.
  • A leader never takes what they’re told at face value without checking; they always  concentrate on the big picture and the detail.
  • Good leaders make objective decisions based on analysis and do not baulk at making tough decisions that may be unpopular.
  • Asking for permission before the fact takes longer than asking for forgiveness after  it; leaders are adept at which approach to take in their decision making.
  • A leader motivated mainly by personal ambition and personal priorities will fail to capture the hearts and minds of others and often fail to deliver their remit.
  • A highly educated, experienced and knowledgeable workforce is less likely to align quickly with orders from a dictatorial leader; instead, people will become disaffected and ultimately leave to join other enterprises.
  • People respond well to leaders who simplify and cut through vested interests with clear and credible simple solutions.
  • Leaders are confident and self-aware; they know their weaknesses and cover these off by putting people around them who have the relevant strengths to compensate.
  • Successful leaders have higher than average common-sense, good judgement, and a desire to continually expand their own and their team’s knowledge, skills and capabilities.
  • Good leaders are resilient; they have a ‘can do, will do’ attitude even in the toughest times – people will go the extra mile for such individuals.