3 Common Mistakes Leaders Make Investing Their Energy

There are three common mistakes that leaders can make when investing their leadership capital, which hurt both their efficiency and their effectiveness. 1. Taking the ‘Peanut Butter’ Approach The peanut butter approach is when a leader spreads their time evenly among all their employees, like spreading peanut butter evenly on a piece of bread. And,… Read More

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Separating Confidence & Competence

“His example could have been a case study for the book by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic – “Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (and how to fix it)”. As an organisational psychologist, he points out that people tend to assume that confident individuals are competent, when there is no actual relationship between the two qualities.… Read More

Regard Your Soldiers As…

“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.” Sun Tzu (400 BCE to 301 BCE) Sunzi, Wade-Giles romanisation Sun-tzu, also spelled Sun Tzu, personal name Sun Wu, (flourished 5th century BC),… Read More

Four Quick (Do & Don’t) Tips for Getting Staff Reviews Right

Conducting staff reviews is an essential part of being a manager, and it can be a great opportunity to: Reconnect with your employees; Workshop any issues; and Set fresh goals for the months ahead. To ensure reviews are positive and constructive, follow these four quick do’s and don’ts. 1. Do Not Space Reviews Too Far… Read More

Anger vs Deliberation…

“In my opinion, however, disasters such as these teach men this lesson with regard to anger: one ought not to punish even a slave in anger; for masters who have lost their tempers often do more harm to themselves than they inflict; but in dealing with enemies it is utterly and entirely wrong to launch… Read More

Does Disliking your Boss affect your Work Performance?

Research suggests that when people get along with their leader, they: Are more motivated; Perform better, and Are more likely to go the extra mile. When they do not, bad things can happen. However, viewing the boss-employee dynamic as purely positive or purely negative creates a false dichotomy; it is often mixed. In three studies… Read More

Outlining Leadership Success Strategies of US Army Women General Officers

“ON 23 JULY 2008, Army Lieutenant General (LTG) Ann E. Dunwoody was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for promotion to the rank of general (four stars). This promotion is historically groundbreaking because Dunwoody is the first woman in the U.S. military to attain the rank of general.” (Doll, 2008, p.77). Reference Doll., Y. (2008) Leadership… Read More