Jon Foster-Pedley is the Dean and Director of Henley Business School, Africa, a world top 1% business school. With a long track record of advising companies both locally and internationally, he provides valuable informed commentary on a range of business issues. In the midst of a lot of talk around leadership in our country, he asks these pertinent questions:
Who are the real leaders?
In the corporate world, how can we be true leaders, rather than corporate propagandists?
And Foster-Pedley provides us with some good direction and guidance in terms of answers too. He says that as leaders we must find our ‘leader’s heart’ first. So how do we do that? Here are his four tips:
- Purpose first
Put your purpose or cause before your own ego. If your ego is larger than your cause, you will up serving your ego and not your cause, described as being a “narcissistic leader”.
If you are not clear about what your purpose or cause is, there is never a better time than the present to start reflecting on this and finding out.
- Accept it is your turn
This is about stepping into and holding a space. Foster-Pedley says ‘feel the fear and act anyway’. Accepting it is your turn speaks to taking responsibility for the space you hold. This is a really critical point and marks out leaders who are respected from those who are not.
- Be open to others
Do you feel the pain and joy of others? As a leader, you need to. Move outside of your own frame of reference and connect with others. See the world as others might see it.
- Be open to yourself
Be open to who you are, to your strengths and to your flaws. Accept your imperfections as defining you, and see them as assets. In this way you can be more open to others too. Laugh at yourself, he says!
- Access your courage
Courage migrates stress into challenge, and makes you identifiable as a leader with purpose. Are you accessing your courage?
We like the simplicity, humility and personal touch of this approach. What do you think about it?
Would you like to be part of a session where he brings these concepts to life? The good news is that Foster-Pedley will be delivering “Find your leader’s heart, train your mind” at our 60th IPM Annual Convention this year. If you would like to catch his session on Wednesday 16th November at Emperors Palace, book now. www.ipm.co.za/ipm-convention