Category Archives: Leadership qualities

Captain Cook gets a baptism

England suffered a heavy defeat this morning in the first Test Match against India at Ahmedabad. What is it like being a leader at times like this? Alastair Cook, England’s relatively new captain will be learning some tough lessons: 1. … Continue reading

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The reluctant leader

Ever been to a lecture on “cold calling”? A few years ago I did just this. I sat through 30 minutes of suggestions about scripts, about what we could say to potential “prospects”. A question was then put to us … Continue reading

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Gareth Malone has vision

Gareth Malone demonstrates real flair in judging how far he can take his choir. With real vision he takes them to the very best place they could reach. Continue reading

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Do you believe in people?

I fully understand if you don’t, because people let you down. But if we want to lead people we have to start believing in them. Sometimes it takes a real act of faith. Or maybe it’s instinct. After all there … Continue reading

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The cost of leadership

Leadership is giving. Giving more than you get back. Sure there are returns, great returns, but don’t count on it. Yes they may owe you, but they won’t always know that. Leadership is serving, being enough for them. Leadership is … Continue reading

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Melody the man-eating tiger

Lord Sugar described Melody Hossaini as a “tiger” on BBC’s Apprentice Episode 8 . She ate the guys on her team for breakfast! Tom was this week’s team leader, although Melody doesn’t have much time for team work. They were to be … Continue reading

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Does the boss need to be good with people?

The commonest reason for promotion to manager is: technical excellence and hard work. But if you want to lead people, those excellent technical skills won’t be anything like enough. Even worse, if you work in a business where it’s every-man-for-himself, … Continue reading

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English proud of Stella

Stella English was an unsurprising winner for BBC’s Apprentice 2010. She has been exceptionally good from the moment she won the task for the boys in episode 2. This was the best series of The Apprentice I have seen. It … Continue reading

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So what exactly is Lord Sugar looking for?

Well, after the departure of Chris Farrell from the Apprentice Boardroom, what qualities does the winner need to possess? After all, Chris was liked by everyone, played fair, worked hard and seemed to lose out due to friend Jamie’s transgression, not really … Continue reading

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Alex Epstein: was it unfair dismissal?

In BBC’s Apprentice I’m beginning to miss Alex! Did we get the decision wrong to let him go? If business is about teamwork, would we have Alex on our team? Would you trust him? Yes, I think I might. Is … Continue reading

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