A CEO is the ultimate team player and team leader

It is often said that the best results in any business enterprise come as a result of teamwork. Any team, however, needs leadership, and in order to be clear on what the targets are, that leadership needs to come from one individual. But all too often, team leaders, be they line managers, senior managers, directors or even CEOs, lose sight of the fact that they are members of the team too. In fact, a good CEO is not only the ultimate team leader, but is the ultimate team player too.

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Communications: emotion vs logic

Effective communication is the bedrock of every successful organisation: helping to engage team members internally and to promote a positive external image. Understanding how different personalities process information, and whether their preferences are based on emotion or logic can help your communications be even more effective, and more openly received.

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Do you know what the first step of the journey to your business future looks like?

Do you know how you will get your business to the place you want it to be? Before that: do you have a good idea of where you want to go with your organisation? An effective leader should have a good understanding of where their business is going, and an overview of the steps to get there. Most importantly, they should be able to communicate that future and the plan in a convincing way to take their team with them.

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How to improve your satellite leadership and management

Establishing a company culture is a long process that takes continuous effort to embed it. It is easiest when everyone works in the same place but in an organisation with physically disparate teams, it can be difficult for a culture to take hold and even more difficult to sustain it.

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What does the ‘promised land’ look like?

“And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Are you spending enough time in the top right hand box?

The Eisenhower Decision Matrix is one of those simple-yet-effective leadership tools that crops up in leadership skills circles all the time, although sometimes under a different name. The idea was derived from an Eisenhower quote, ‘What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important.’ As leaders, we can often end up dealing with the top left-hand corner of the matrix – things that are both important and urgent. Crises, deadlines or problems demand our team’s immediate attention and send stress levels soaring.

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When was the last time you went out to lunch together?

“Once a month, go to lunch with someone who knows more about your business than you do.” Author H Jackson Brown.

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How the mood in the boardroom affects an organisation

Your attitudes, values, emotions, and moods will influence how you behave, whatever situation you are in. How you feel about a particular task that day will directly affect how much effort you put into it and, consequently, the success of that task.

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The ‘right to disconnect’ from work emails and text messages

Having a life outside of work is highly important; not having one is detrimental to the mental health and wellbeing of everyone in the organisation. There is a lot a pressure on people and having a demanding job or boss can sometimes affect personal lives.

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Time management: don’t put unneccessary pressure on your employees

When delegating work to your employees, it is essential to understand the time constraints they face. As a leader, you should understand how long jobs realistically take to complete and acknowledge the needs of your employees including their current workload, changing demands from others and potentially even their circumstances outside work. This may mean you need to spend time with them to understand their world. Here are a few tips to help:

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