Leadership development starts with developing as a human being. The classical Greek philosophers such as Plato discussed already the properties of being: Beauty, Goodness  & Truth. So, in a way I’m the business of Beauty, Goodness & Truth. As a scientist Truth is the obvious one, and as a leadership scholar Goodness as well, but what about Beauty? I therefore followed…
Sue Kay added an inspiring dimension to cultural leadership thinking on today's colloquium on culture management. She has over thirty years' experience in arts management and cultural administration. Her Phd in leadership brought her to the leadership practices of small cultural organisations. As + 85 % of cultural organisations in the UK count 5 employees or less, small is also…
Paul was a brilliant young engineer when he started in the IT network department of an international utility company. He soon became key in the team of network designers and when the department grew, he was elected team leader. By the age of 33, Paul was network manager with an undisputed reputation of network expertise.  He worked very hard, but his team became frustrated. Paul…
People demonstrate leadership whenever they take responsibility for change in their environment, because they believe things can or must be different.  Leaders have a personal story to tell.  About the challenges in the real world. About their striving for higher ideals and their quest for a better future. They question the status quo, hold themselves and others up to the mirror,…
I’m a fraud, or at least that is how I feel sometimes when I’m driving home after a day of work. It is only a matter of time before they will discover that I’m not up to the job.  I've heard these sentences 5 times over the last 2 weeks. And they all came from people in high places: a CEO from a SME, a managing partner from a consulting agency, a school headmaster, and 2…
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... about inspiring your leadership. Each thought has five assignments: - 3 practical DO-tips - 2 REFLECTive questions - 1 question to ANSWER for YOURSELF - 5 quotes you can SHARE - 1 text to UNDERSTAND the ideas behind the leadership thought. You unlock a thought by completing the five assignments. This takes time! One thought per day is probably a good tempo. ... a…