Category Archives: Leadership

EQ, not IQ, makes a great leader

Margaret Beaton

Emotional intelligence (EQ), not cognitive intelligence (IQ) differentiates good from great leaders. Vision, toughness, intellectual smarts and determination are essential, but not sufficient, to be a great leader. Studies show that businesses that out-perform comparable others have leaders with all of these attributes andsuperior EQ. This post explains while a high IQ and superior technical … [Read More]

 

Becoming a strategic leader

Margaret Beaton

The topic of becoming a strategic leader arises with more than a few of my clients who have been advised in performance discussions that they need to become ‘more strategic’ in their style of leadership. Typically, they’re in senior functional or operational roles and are being considered for enterprise-level positions. To respond, they need to … [Read More]

 

Your leadership purpose

Margaret Beaton

In blogging about your leadership purpose, I declare I am a fan of Bill George’s well-known book True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, first published in 2007 (pictured). While I agree with George that strong values, personal integrity and a strong sense of self are fundamental to effective leadership, in my view these traits are … [Read More]

 

Mindful leadership

Margaret Beaton

The November 2015 Mindfulness Leadership Summit explained mindful leadership as “an alternative to just leading from the top down, mindful leadership is leading from the inside out”. To understand how becoming a mindful leader will benefit you, those who follow you, and your organisation, let’s start with a recap of what it means to be … [Read More]

 

Tell stories to be an effective 21st century leader

Margaret Beaton

To be an effective 21st century leader is to grasp the inter-relatedness of everything and connect deeply with your people, customers, communities, markets, and the surrounding issues. And to make sense of this complexity and motivate people by telling stories. Being this type of leaders means engaging with peoples’ minds and hearts. And this requires … [Read More]

 

Why authentic leaders attract authentic followers

Margaret Beaton

My January 2014 post is about how to become an authentic leader. Authentic leadership is about your self-concept and the relationship between your self-concept and your actions as a leader. So I was delighted when one of my regular readers was inspired to send me this piece of wisdom from best-selling author and spiritual guide … [Read More]

 

Construct your life story: Develop as an authentic leader

Margaret Beaton

In December last year my post ‘To be an authentic leader, first be true to yourself’ caused many to write and call. How to become an authentic leader was a common theme in these conversations. This post, Construct your life story and develop as an authentic leader, shows how by constructing your life story you … [Read More]

 

Best of the best leadership

Margaret Beaton

Over the years I have come to learn that outstanding leaders share several core beliefs and behaviours about people, organisations and their role. Many, many books and countless blog posts have been written on this subject so, well may ask, should I be adding to this mountain? I am doing so because my perspective is … [Read More]