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How to lead so others follow

Think of the leaders you have followed in your lifetime. Did you have confidence in them? Did you trust them? Did they help you feel secure and optimistic about the future? In their research, Tom Rath and Barry Conchie asked over 10,000 followers what they...

Key elements of a communications plan

One of the biggest barriers to effective leadership communication is a lack of time and consistency. If you rely on ad hoc or reactive communication, your team will receive disjointed information and won’t get a clear and consistent picture of you as a...

Maximise time for effective leadership communication

It's no surprise that time - or rather, a lack of it - is one of the most common barriers to effective leadership communication. As a leader, you are constantly pulled in multiple directions. You have a million unread emails in your inbox; your diary is...

How to build trust and credibility as a leader

In their research over the last 30 years, leadership experts James Kouzes and Barry Posner have found that credibility is the number one reason people follow a leader. The Oxford English dictionary defines credibility as: "the quality of being trusted and...

What is leadership communication?

What is leadership communication? Richard Branson describes communication “as the most important skill a leader can possess”. Why? Because - as a leader - your primary role is to lead. To have a destination in sight, to chart the course to success and to...

Top 4 tips for overcoming your fear of public speaking

There's no doubt about it: public speaking is an act of vulnerability. To lay ourselves bare and speak openly and honestly in front of others requires courage. In doing so, we expose our authentic, best self to the scrutiny and evaluation of an audience....

Interpersonal communication in a digital age

One of my pet peeves is when, during a face-to-face conversation, one party feels the need to take out their mobile phone and scroll through their Facebook feed, check their emails, like a post on LinkedIn, respond to a Whatsapp message or update their Instagram with...

The Power of Presence

Earlier this week I was one of over a thousand women waiting with excited anticipation to hear social psychologist, Amy Cuddy expand on her 2012 TED talk: your body language shapes who you are. This time, Amy was exploring the power of presence. Here’s what I took...

Publicly Speaking

Public speaking doesn’t just mean presenting to an auditorium full of people – although that certainly falls under the banner. Rather, public speaking literally refers to ‘speaking‘ in front of a ‘public‘ … basically any single person other than your reflection in the...

Not to talk myself out of work, but…

…I loved Kristi Hedges ‘Confessions of a former public speaking trainer: don’t waste your money’ article on Forbes.com. In it, Hedges suggests there’s not one right way to present – rather, as a speaker, your focus should be on presence, authenticity and building a...