Leadership

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

17 February 2016 - 11:00pm

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.

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Why do leadership programs fail?

17 June 2015 - 3:36pm

Australian and global organisations have heavily invested in leadership development for years. So why has the capability gap for building great leaders widened in every region of the world in the past 12 months? MORE >

The myth of organisational transformation

10 December 2014 - 2:01pm

There’s a lot of talk about organisational transformation in management circles these days, but the reality is more likely about trying to find ways to work purposefully together through the mess. And that’s just how it should be. MORE >

Can The Collectives Work Collectively?

Working collectively is supposed to make things more effective, create an increased capability by combining resources and action across multiple interested parties. But does it really?  

While everyone is busy setting up more and more ‘collectives’ to address complex and multi-layered social issues, it seems no-one is really doing anything differently, says Shona Munro MORE >

Collaboration is subversive

The wish for collaboration rarely translates into reality. 

It’s become quite fashionable for leaders in organisations to say they want their people to collaborate more effectively, both internally and externally. But the continued use of collaborative language does more harm than good. It has started to represent a kind of magical thinking which we rarely see in the reality of our work and organisations. Here's why. 

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The Blocking Boss

5 June 2014 - 2:26pm

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 >

Know your bandwidth

2 May 2014 - 4:38pm

Working within your limitations means having the courage to be vulnerable enough to say, when all eyes are looking to you for the answer, ‘I don’t know,’ and to hold steady. This is not easy. It’s counter to the culture in many organisations and may require you to do or say things that may not be popular. MORE >

Power and culture are stirring

It's time for a game-changer in how black and white Australians relate.

Over the last few years, in our work at Social Leadership Australia, we’ve noticed something different happening whenever we have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians in the room. MORE >

Listen to them leadership

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people I know are very good at leadership.

They run over 150 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across Australia and get excellent results in a group we keep saying is ‘difficult’ and ‘hard to reach’. They have deep knowledge about the sorts of things that will work in their communities. They have for a long time. It’s just that for over 200 years now the rest of us haven’t bothered asking.  MORE >

What's my role? (Choose carefully!)

4 February 2014 - 3:44pm

Carefully choosing and taking up a role is not just the business of stage or film actors. To be successful in any ‘system’ we need to act with understanding about the role we are taking up—and I’m not talking about the position we occupy, or our job description. MORE >

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