Why kindness is both essential and irrelevant to modern leadership?

Some weeks ago there was a lively debate on the Harvard Business Review LinkedIn group as to whether people felt kindness was an important attribute of leadership. The debate drew some varied reactions, including the following comments:-

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How to implement a coaching culture, and why bother?

There is much talked and written about a coaching culture within organisations, but what does this actually mean in practice, what are the benefits and what are the essential steps? Based on my experience and research here are my top tips for implementing a coaching culture. What is a coaching

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Four Questions To Assess The Purpose Of Your Business

At the Stretch leadership conference in Budapest this week, one of the recurring themes was that  of purpose. One of the quotes I shared as part of my session was Peter Drucker’s far-sighted observation from 1954 that ‘Profit is like oxygen. You need it to survive, but if you think

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The rise and rise of the toxic culture.

Have you noticed a rise in toxic cultures? Sometimes I feel helpless as a coach, that there is nothing I can do or say to support a coachee. I’ve noticed this feeling recently when I’ve been working with people struggling to preserve their own health and wellbeing in the face

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Level 5 Leadership: The Four Keys to Personal Humility

Some weeks ago, my Vistage CEO advisory group were treated to a session with Carole Gaskell, a leading coach, entrepreneur and speaker. It was inspiring watching Carole engage the group; she ‘walked the talk’ by coaching them through a learning cycle rather than putting on a showy performance. Though she

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How does the choice of your words impact on your actions?

“This is the biggest change in the history of the division, to ensure that the business is scalable,” said the coachee describing his vision for a restructuring. This restructuring was being communicated internally as an ‘evolution’, but the actions of the coachee didn’t match the importance of this task as

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