The 3 biggest myths about leadership and why it’s hard to get rid of them

18 February 2016 - 12:00am

Enter the word ‘leadership’ into Google and you’ll come up with 479,000,000 hits. It must be one of the most written about topics with new material coming out all the time through training programs, conferences, books and (dare I say it) blogs. Yet despite this huge amount of material, my experience is that a number of myths about leadership persist.


The Blocking Boss

5 June 2014 - 3:26pm

Obstruction is everywhere

The commonest question I am asked when talking to potential change leaders is:

‘What do I do when my boss doesn’t support my work, my change agenda or my leadership approach?’

Overcoming a blocking boss likely deserves a book of its own. Instead, here’s a short post from my personal experience. In this post, I refer to a boss because it is the concept most experience. However, the person in a hierarchical position of power may not be your direct boss or even in your line of management. MORE >

The Leadership will not be televised

26 July 2013 - 11:29am

Why we won't be voting for leadership

I woke up this morning with that Gil Scot Heron song in my head, 'The Revolution will not be televised'. It helped crystallise a lot of my recent thoughts about the invisibility of real leadership and the perceived absence of leadership in public life. The leadership we don’t see, so we don’t think it’s there. The leadership that doesn’t get televised. MORE >

It's lonely at the top

10 July 2013 - 3:37pm

I had a rich and extended discussion about with Alumni of Social Leadership Australia in Brisbane this week.

Has Kevin Rudd really been able re-present himself to his party, to Australia as leader? Would people let us do the same thing in our work? (And will we let ourselves turn up in a new way?) MORE >

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