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/Nigel Walpole Top tips for leaders – part two

This is the second blog in my series listing the top 50 issues a leader has to consider (you can view the first one here). Being a leader is a complex role. It’s about setting an example, determining a strategy, taking risks and keeping to your values. But it’s also about talent management, creating opportunities and making decisions. And some say it’s about being influential and being influenced.

These are not necessarily in any area of priority but are based on some of the feedback we get from leaders attending our Foundation Leadership training courses. Of course much of the complexity comes from the subtlety required from those in a leadership role. I am sure this will provoke debate - things you’ll want to add, adjust or take away. Do let me know your views and we’ll compile a complete list and upload it to our website.

  1. Don’t betray trust
    Otherwise a leader can become unapproachable.

  2. Treat confidential information properly
    Leaders must take a professional approach.

  3. Get things done
    It is important to deliver results.

  4. Avoid political infighting
    It is important to clear obstacles.

  5. Avoid gossip
    It is important to communicate on the basis of truth and fact.

  6. Confront issues as they arise
    Don’t get a reputation for sweeping things under the carpet.

  7. Don’t procrastinate
    Don’t get a reputation for putting things off, this can cause frustration.

  8. Let people know how they are doing
    We all need feedback.

  9. Recognise and reward good performance
    This is an important part of a ‘success’ culture.

  10. Identify ways of improving poor performance
    It is all part of a culture of ‘continuous improvement’.

Please keep an eye out for the rest of the series.

Contact us for more information on the Foundation Leadership Programme and how it can help your managers develop.

Nigel Walpole

Nigel Walpole, MD, Bray Leino Learning

In my series of blogs I’ll talk through my thoughts on some of the key issues facing managers in the workplace - lessons learnt, tips for success and general musings.

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