Instead of pushing him towards a plan, Mandala Leaders helped him to make his own top-to-bottom appraisal of his role and communications with colleagues while evaluating the wider impacts for government clients and citizens of his career developing national health care programmes.
Effective leadership coaching must gain a clear picture of the current state of play before seeking to make changes. A senior director of international development at a Big Four management consultancy has refocused on his career priorities with support from Mandala Leaders, a consultancy dedicated to transforming the life of an individual and the communities they...
One of the steps to becoming a truly authentic leader is “communicating with clarity”. This is especially difficult in a conflict situation and needs a cool head and a clear communication strategy to tackle it.
We asked our tribe to answer the following questions around handling the tricky situation of - Conflict with your boss.
Should you or should you not address a problem with your boss?
Yes - absolutely - any conflict or problem should be tackled and resolved as without doing so a growing resentment may occur on both sides (employee/boss) and this will be not only detrimental to your career, but the boss and the wider team.
Nipping this in the bud is always the best option but it’s often only once the anger or frustration has started to show that people seek to find a resolution. Without resolution work productivity will suffer, team morale will dip and results will be impacted.
What 3 tips would you give on talking out a problem with your boss?
Whether your leadership impacts on a global organisation, a local sports team, a business, a family or all of the above, consider this – what is the single most important lesson learned from how you played your cards across the year so far?
For myself, this year, the single most important principle that has most benefited my leadership at work, in my community and at home, has been “keep calm and carry on”.
Surprisingly enough, it was the combination of managing my emotions better despite the challenges together with staying the course, that I’m the most proud of and grateful for. For this to happen, I needed to both put in effort on remaining ‘the observer’ of my thoughts and feelings (especially under pressure), whilst remaining guided by my long-term vision.
Leadership as I’ve experienced it for...
So I believe that only a handful of clear and concise values are needed which align the people, organisation and stakeholders and which can be lived day in and day out by the leadership which is much more likely to help them stick.
I have learnt that there are four core values and I firmly believe that these are the only values you will ever need. It may be that you choose a couple more to represent yourself or your organisation but these core values cover the bases.
Leaders also told us that sharing their new wisdom is becoming increasing important to help inspire others to follow a similar path.
1. The amount of time leaders spend on their personal development was surprising.
More than half of the leaders tell us that they plan to spend more than a week each year on their own personal development. However only one quarter of the leaders make commitments for certain development opportunities with the majority responding to ad-hoc opportunities.
A useful definition of personal development is spending time reflecting on oneself and learning more about what core beliefs you have and from where these have developed. Then it’s about understanding better how they show up in your life. Personal development...
Even the PLC recruiters get it wrong sometimes – then it’s a scandal but its always the board who made the final decision who carry the can and the recruitment firm avoid the spotlight. The current model gives you two options:
I have a lot of friends who are estate agents. Any they aren’t everyone’s best friend. But what? Isn’t this about recruitment? That’s true but I know full well when I talk to an estate...
What’s your score? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Did you score 1–4? There are serious issues at play. However, let me invite you to think about it this way: what was your performance last time? Have you improved or gone backwards? What's really going on. Are you feeling passionate about what you are doing? Maybe it's wort revisiting this with your client and asking for more detailed feedback. Sometimes you may have delivered well but left them feeling bad so that is...
It was on one hand very simple. I was going to have my 40th birthday and there was nothing I could do to avoid it. However on the other hand it wasn’t at all easy. I spent three months trying to avoid it, make excuses, change the subject and run away from it. Turning 40 wasn’t going to be easy. The words simple and easy are often used in the same way but they can be very different.
This time however as I approach 50 it remains just as simple. In October I will reach the half century anniversary of my birth in Good Hope Hospital in Nuneaton whether I like it or not. Simple. However I have now chosen to learn lessons from my previous experience and set myself challenges and to ask...
Then things started to change. Sir Chris Hoy won 6 Olympic Gold medals (that’s more than you can count on one hand) and 11 World Championships (yes that’s more than you can count with both hands). There have since been a whole long list of British champions, men, women and Paralympians, who have taken the sport to the dizzy heights of being the best on the planet.
So why do I want to be Chris Hoy?
Is it the fame, the gold medals, the super expensive bike or his chunky thighs?? No it’s the change. So what changed? Sir Dave Brailsford was appointed to head the team and he quickly realised that he couldn’t fix one big thing by 100%. So he changed the...
Leaders tells us that everything we do has an effect on the people who work for us; our families and the communities we are a part of. A two-way ripple effect both from those who have influenced us and those we influence as leaders has a deep impact both within and far beyond ourselves. They also tell us that many of their behaviours are driven by sub-conscious beliefs, which have been similarly formed and reinforced by the same multitude of sources. We help leaders to have clarity on their beliefs and their impact so that they can focus on the positive and unburden themselves of the negative.
All of our programs are based on wisdom that has been around...