If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been writing recently, well, I’ve been writing a leadership column for Real Business magazine.
If you’d like, you can check out these latest leadership articles
You’ll see that the theme has shifted very much to leadership.
What I’ve discovered, both in myself and in others, is that neither more money nor better ideas is the solution to business growth – it is leadership.
Where the leadership is strong and impactful – but actually, strong in an ‘inner strength’ way – not a loud or alpha-male fashion – then money and good ideas will naturally flow into that business… or perhaps more accurately, the money and talent will naturally gravitate to that team.
After all, we have to remember that money is a hygiene issue – it only matters when it is absent! The rest of the time, we want to know that we are working towards a valued and valuable end or cause. We do all, myself included, try to seek out leaders that we can admire and follow. That’s why Steve Jobs has such a great reputation – because he lead effectively.
Hence, whilst we can do nothing about the condition of the market and we can never make anyone do anything – even employees or freelancers’ contribution, if fully engaged, is a voluntary decision – we can at least commit to develop ourselves and our leadership level.
I’ll be honest here and admit that I too am developing as a leader – in fact, I think all leaders are constantly developing and improving themselves too.
Hence, John Maxwell said “Leadership is the difference maker and the deal breaker. It’s how we grow organizations. It’s how we impact lives. But, as you also know, leadership cannot be an idea we simply talk about; leadership is the action we must live out.”
And Maxwell is right – leadership is the difference between massive growth and no growth. It is the difference between success and failure. Everything falls or lifts on leadership.
That is why development of my leadership ability is my personal focus and I encourage you to make it your focus too.