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What Is The Link Between Emotion And Leadership?

After The Three Levels of Leadership came out in 2011, readers followed up with questions on leadership, leadership psychology and self-mastery – all of them interesting.  So interesting, in fact, that I’m releasing my answers here as they supplement the “Three Levels” material and others may find them useful.  Here’s the twelfth in the series.   I’ll post the others over the coming months…

Q12. What is the link between emotion and leadership?

You Are More Than Your Mind

“You as a Self have a mind, but you are not your mind, you are more than your mind – as you experienced in the exercise this afternoon when I asked you to concentrate on an object.  Your mind is your creative tool.  It’s the sandbox in which you play; in which you connect with others, express Continue reading →

What We Can Learn From Mandela’s Greatness As A Leader

Nelson Mandela died yesterday, Thursday 5th December 2013, at the age of 95.  He will have a state funeral that millions around the world will no doubt watch.  So what is it about Mandela that made him a great leader and, more usefully, what can we learn from his example to grow ourselves as leaders? Continue reading →

Influence versus Manipulation

This is a short case study on how an unhelpful, fuzzy mental model can block leaders from asserting themselves wisely and skilfully.  In this instance it was to do with what the client felt about “influence” and “manipulation”. Continue reading →

Connecting Without Over-Analysing Others

After The Three Levels of Leadership came out in 2011, readers followed up with questions on leadership, leadership psychology and self-mastery – all of them interesting.  So interesting, in fact, that I’m releasing my answers here as they supplement the “Three Levels” material and others may find them useful.  Here’s the eleventh in the series.   I’ll post the others over the coming months…

Q11. How do I connect with others without over-psychoanalysing myself and them?

“The short answer is: let your true Self flow.

But that’s easier said than done, for how many people are letting their true Selves flow?  Very few, I suggest. Continue reading →

Can The False Self’s Beliefs Motivate You?

After The Three Levels of Leadership came out in 2011, readers followed up with questions on leadership, leadership psychology and self-mastery – all of them interesting.  So interesting, in fact, that I’m releasing my answers here as they supplement the “Three Levels” material and others may find them useful.  Here’s the tenth in the series.   I’ll post the others over the coming months…

Q10. Can the False Self ‘s beliefs motivate you?

“The short answer is yes…

Two Types of Motivation

You need to understand that there are only two basic forms of motivation.  The first you could call “towards” motivation.  The second is “away from” motivation. Continue reading →

Why Do We Have So Few Servant Leaders?

While I have no statistical data to prove it, it seems to me we lack servant leaders in the fields of business and politics.  And that’s even though Robert Greenleaf first described servant leadership – the idea that leaders are there to serve those they lead – over 35 years ago in 1977.  And, indeed, despite his ideas being generally well received.

So why don’t we have more servant leaders?  Well, here’s my view.  I suggest three reasons… Continue reading →

Why Do Leaders Need to Understand Perception Filters?

After The Three Levels of Leadership came out in 2011, readers followed up with questions on leadership, leadership psychology and self-mastery – all of them interesting.  So interesting, in fact, that I’m releasing my answers here as they supplement the “Three Levels” material and others may find them useful.  Here’s the ninth in the series.   I’ll post the others over the coming months…

Q9. You say it’s important for leaders to be aware of their perception filters.  But why does it matter so much to leaders?

Thought Experiment

“Imagine you are sitting alone in a chair in your home one evening.  And imagine you are in a relaxed, content state of mind.  Perhaps you are reading or watching TV.

Now imagine your front doorbell rings.  And imagine that the moment you hear it ring, you are furious.  Now how would you behave?  Continue reading →

What Is The Best Way to Motivate Your Team?

On a leadership forum elsewhere on the Internet someone asked, “What is the best way to motivate your team?”  I responded by drawing on the four-dimensional definition of leadership in chapter one of The Three Levels of Leadership and I thought some readers of this blog might be interested in my answer.

“Interesting question.  This is where I’d go back to the basics of leadership.

As you know, I define “leadership” in my book as a process of paying attention simultaneously to four dimensions: (1) Motivating purpose (2) Task progress and results (3) Group unity (4) Individuals’ needs.  So I’d say that paying attention to all four dimensions should motivate your team. Continue reading →

Where Do Leaders’ Limiting Beliefs Come From?

After The Three Levels of Leadership came out in 2011, readers followed up with questions on leadership, leadership psychology and self-mastery – all of them interesting.  So interesting, in fact, that I’m releasing my answers here as they supplement the “Three Levels” material and others may find them useful.  Here’s the eighth in the series.   I’ll post the others over the coming months…

Q8. On page 170 of your book, The Three Levels of Leadership, you state: “Over time, the number of limiting beliefs in your psyche usually increases and forms what I call the False Self.”  What are the primary sources of the disinformation leading to these limiting beliefs?  Can this disinformation be squelched at source to avoid contamination of the Self?

“You ask, what are the primary sources of the limiting beliefs comprising the False Self?  Well, I assume you’re talking about the limiting beliefs at its core; the limiting beliefs about our self-image and how life works.  These beliefs limit our ability to lead a happy, fulfilling life… and, of course, our ability to lead others.

Now regarding the sources of these limiting beliefs, I’d say these are the main ones: Continue reading →

What One Thing Would Help Leaders With Presence?

I received this question on my YouTube channel in response to the video, What is Presence?: What one thing do you think would help leaders with presence?  I couldn’t answer it fully on YouTube as I was limited to 500 characters, so here’s my full answer…

“It depends what you mean by presence.  Do you mean real presence or what looks like presence?

What I mean by “presence” is something no one can fake.  It’s the real you, embodied, in action.  But “charisma”, as I explain in the second video in the series, Presence versus Charisma, is different.  I use the term charisma to mean faked presence.  Charisma can mimic presence, but it’s usually found out either because of the charismatic person’s negative effect on others or because he/she crumbles under pressure.

I’ll assume you mean real presence.  Now your question was, “What one thing do you think would help leaders with presence?”  Continue reading →

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