Leadership lessons

3 lessons from the most inspiring leader I’ve worked with

One of the most inspiring leaders I have worked with in my career didn’t have a “polished” approach. They didn’t have a university degree, a particularly extensive vocabulary, or an expensive suit.  Their resume was not full of high-profile international experience.    Regardless, I learned many, many things about great leadership from this person – probably too many for a single blog. But, …

My 6 Principles of Great Leadership

By Cherie Curtis, CEO Revelian and AIM Australian Leadership Excellence Award winner 2016   Last month, I had the humbling experience of being named the national AIM Leadership Excellence Award Leader/ Manager of the Year. It took me by complete surprise! And was one of the proudest moments of my career. During the selection process, I needed to give a lot …

Why Positivity Matters

  I’m a Chief Financial Officer, and have been for the past 8+ years. I’m quite familiar and comfortable with managing my team of accounts and finance people.   Recently, however, I found myself asked to lead a team of sales professionals. As you can probably imagine, managing salespeople is a little different to managing financial staff. They want to …

5 ways to make sure your leaders are as good as they think they are

  Recently, when analysing our data, I discovered that most leaders had consistently given themselves significantly higher ratings for their performance than their peers, direct reports and managers had. This was true across 7 of the 8 different categories assessed, as well as for the overall ratings.   In other words, these leaders believed that their performance was better than their …

Leadership: Are you Ready for the Future?

  There are hundreds of different definitions of leadership, but I’d like to focus on a quote from Robert Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller:   ‘We pay people for their hands….they would have given their heads and hearts for free if we had just known how to ask them, and say thank you for sharing themselves.’   I think this is …

3 leadership approaches to get the best out of your staff

  “People leave managers, not companies.”   We’re sure you’ve heard it many times from many sources, but an abundance of research by Gallup Organisation linked the relationship between employees and their managers as having the greatest impact on their productivity and retention. We spend more than half of our lifetime either sleeping or at work, so it isn’t exactly …