Results for category "Leadership"

A reflection on Coaching vs Mentoring + Awareness


Having always had an interest in ‘what makes us tick’, over the past 30 years I have formally and informally studied many aspects of human behaviour and performance. As I write this, I have just turned 50 years young. Upon reaching the age of 39, I came to the realisation that life wasn’t going how I wanted it to, not that I had much of a plan. I experienced a year of intense frustration – post-divorce, post-redundancy, and at a time when it became apparent that I needed to change what I was doing in order to get different results – certainly from a relationship and a career perspective. I didn’t know what I wanted to do – just that I don’t want more of the same…

During this time, I re-connected with an old friend – I shall call him Ali. He had been through similarly challenging times. After listening to my tale of woe, he suggested getting into personal development, in order to develop some new perspectives on life. I went along to monthly personal development groups in Birmingham and listened to a different speaker reach month on a wide variety of subjects including: health, wealth, positive thinking and relationships. This gradually helped me to reflect on my state of ‘woe’ and upon my potential for much greater things.

reflection ~

  • The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it.
  • Serious thought or consideration.

These ‘PD’ meetings gave me the lift and the kick I needed. They opened up my thinking, got me focused on new possibilities and motivated to change. Read More →

Level 5 Leadership


I am currently reading ‘Good To Great’ by Jim Collins, a book about what makes a truly and sustainably ‘great’ company.

I love that this book is based on in-depth and holistic research, not opinion. The research didn’t set out to prove any point, rather to unearth the true generic success factors, whatever they may be.

One of the key factors the research team identified is what they have called Level 5 Leaders. These leaders invest in people, build talented teams, move people into optimum roles and empower others. Level 5 leaders are: largely free of ego, are often recruited from within the company, are not threatened by the success of others and don’t claim the glory for themselves.

“Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company’.

What is fascinating, is that they study compared these truly ‘great’ companies, ones that out-performed the stock market by a factor of 7 (700%) over a 15 year period, as compared to a peer group of ‘direct comparison’ companies. Whilst those direct comparison companies may have had periods of great success, it was not sustainable. Much of this was attributable to leadership style. Read More →