April 2022
Issue 126

This month's theme - Inspirational Leadership

In this Issue:

•  For Managers: Leadership tips from the very best
•  For Trainers: A free leadership activity
•  Training in Action: What employees say about inspirational leaders
•  Offer of the Month: Free online evaluation
•  The light touch: No That’s not facilitating!!
•  Next month's theme
  For Managers - Leadership tips from the very best

Nelson Mandela

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership

Lao Tzu

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

John Harvey-Jones

It is the responsibility of leadership and the management to give opportunities and put demands on people which enable them to grow as human beings in their work environment.

Catherine the Great, (1729-1796)

I praise loudly. I blame softly.

Jack Welch

You build strong teams by treating individuals differently.

Jacinda Ardern

One of the criticisms I’ve faced over the years is that I’m not aggressive enough or assertive enough or maybe somehow, because I’m empathetic, it means I’m weak. I totally rebel against that. I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong.

Muriel Strode

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

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  For Trainers - A free leadership activity

Click here to receive your FREE training activity on inspirational leadership.


  Training in Action - What employees say about inspirational leaders

When it comes to managing, it is your boss who will tell you how you are doing - are you getting results? When we talk about leadership it is your team members who will give you valuable feedback. The following comments are replies to the question ‘what does it take for a leader to inspire you?’

“My manager does provide inspiration to the whole team. I think it’s because she takes time to talk to us and involves us by asking for our ideas”

“My previous boss always kept me in the loop, my new boss tells me nothing”

“I am always happy to put in the extra effort for my boss because everything he does tells me that he values me”

“My boss is only interested in profit. He has no idea what we do or how hard we work. How is that supposed to inspire me?”

“He spent a day working with the gang so he could understand what problems we were facing and then he made some amazing changes – that’s inspirational”

“She is always positive. I know she has a lot of pressure but somehow she explains what needs to be done in a way that makes us want to help”

“Inspirational! How can he inspire us? He hardly ever leaves his office. I don’t know what he does”

“He walks the floor, speaks to everyone and listens to our concerns”

“We have meetings to plan the job and we chip in our ideas. It feels like we are a team”

“I like a manager who is easy to talk to”

“My manager says he is not here to be liked. Just as well because nobody likes him! Problem is that no one has any respect for him. I think if he was more understanding people would work better for him”

“A manager who will listen but you also know where you stand”

“A leader who knows how to chill out – some bosses are just too intense”

“She creates a positive climate in everything she does, thanking people, listening, telling us what is happening and taking time to laugh with us”

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  Offer of the Month - Free online evaluation

This month we are offering free on line feedback, based on emotional intelligence behaviours.

Offer ends 31 May 2022.

Click here to book your evaluation

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