Leadership for the reluctant leader

Original by D. Neal, That Conference, Pluralsight, 2019 

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Pluralsight online learning
  • 5 stages of grief
    1. Denial
    2. Anger
    3. Bargaining
    4. Depression
    5. More denial
  • Focusing on your weaknesses leads to mediocre results. Focus on your top 5 strengths instead.
  • Leadership is not just for management it is for everyone
  • Find someone who can show you the ropes
  • Make it a goal to help and empower others
  • Be kind
  • Help them to unlock their potential
  • Take part in a leadership off-site program
  • Negotiation is a skill you can learn. Use anchoring. Can be used on behalf of your team to get budget, resources etc..
  • 3 virtues
    • Humble (no ego, no status, share credit)
    • Hungry (self motivated, diligent, passion for more learning, responsible)
    • Smart (Active listener, sensitivity, empathy)
  • Tools
    • Personality traits
    • DISC digram (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Compliance)
  • Limit multitasking. Most people are not good at it (even if they think they are). Do one thing at the time
  • The 3 inevitable things in life: death, Tax, powerpoint. So better get comfortable with it.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou

  • Give tribute, to start conversations
  • What changes can I encourage my team to make
“If you actions inspire other to dream more, to learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” – John Quincy Adams

  • In doubt (about quitting a job) ask yourself
    • Have you done everything you can do
    • If you left now, would you have any regrets?
  • None of these things requires you to be a manager or have a fancy title
  • Think about the impact you can have on other people and just at work
  • You do not need permission to be awesome
  • Go maximise your talents, go take ownership and responsibilities, go be courages, go inspire others, go be awesome
Recommended books
  • The ideal team player, by Patrick Lencioni
  • Strength finder, by Tom Rath