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/Nigel Walpole Top tips for leaders – part three

This is the third blog in my series listing the top 50 issues a leader has to consider (you can view the first and second 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. Be flexible
    Don’t get a reputation for saying ‘ we’re going to do what we have always done’.

  2. Welcome change
    Change presents opportunities, as a leader you need your team to welcome change.

  3. Be adaptable
    Lead by example, you want the people you lead to be adaptable.

  4. Make mistakes and admit them
    We all learn from mistakes, as a leader you want others to admit to mistakes and learn.

  5. Enjoy a challenge
    Good leaders generally respond to challenges.

  6. Take risks
    Generally it is important to push back boundaries, sensibly of course.

  7. Encourage others to take risks
    Generally it is important to push back boundaries, sensibly of course.

  8. Focus on the future
    Leaders need to learn from the past, but primarily look to the future.

  9. Anticipate trends
    Good leaders use information at their disposal.

  10. Support change
    Good leaders want their team to support change.

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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