Sharing Her Insights

Through her blog, published whitepapers, and quizzes

I never stop thinking about how to make leadership more effective, much easier, and more satisfying.

Doing my training as a psychologist, I was taught to look at the evidence first, and identify how to translate that into practice. This is the ‘scientist-practitioner’ model. It has served me very well. And I use it in service to better leadership.

When it comes to leadership, I don’t think more has been written about many other topics. Not all of it is helpful. Not all of it has a research-base. Probably more is misleading than is helpful.

Since Lee Iaccoca published his eponymous ‘Iaccoca’ in 1984 we have been captured by the cult of the hero leader. It is past time to put that to rest. Inclusive leadership that serves the organisation’s needs rather than self-serving individual careers is what we need as we head into the 2020s and huge uncertainty.

My goal is that through my writing and my programs I can contribute to improving leadership so that it is seen as a service not an entitlement.  Please enjoy.

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Latest Blog Posts

Why Hierarchy Makes The Challenge Of Leading Much Easier

Why Hierarchy Makes The Challenge Of Leading Much Easier

As such a strong advocate for coaching, with its emphasis on worker empowerment and growth, you might think that I’d also be an advocate for the ‘flat organisation’. However, I see ‘flat organisation’ as a contradiction in terms and have never been convinced of its...

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An easy recipe for hiring more talent and better leaders

An easy recipe for hiring more talent and better leaders

There are three main biases that impact how well we notice and support women’s talents: Astoundingly, female CEOs are penalised when they use particular patterns of speech. Talented female candidates are penalised if job ad requirements are vague. Leaders are more...

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Growing The Pipeline Is The Best Way To Equal Pay

Growing The Pipeline Is The Best Way To Equal Pay

Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s equal pay report has unsurprisingly created a lot of interest.  It’s a rather blunt instrument, but then again, the sharp ones haven’t shifted the dial enough!  It's a blunt instrument because it simply measures the median salaries...

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Download Free Whitepapers

I have four series of Whitepapers that distill relevant evidence into workable actions.

The Generative Leadership series focuses on coaching, coaching culture, collaboration and psychological safety. The Inclusive Leadership series focuses on removing bias from leadership and making it more inclusive. The FlexAble Leader whitepapers, focusing on how to be a high achieving leader without suffering burnout, turned into my FlexAbility book; check out either the whitepapers, the book, or both! 

My latest series is focused on influence: leaders want more of it, want to be more flexible with it and want to use it authentically, and this series will help you to do all those things and more.

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Your influencing style circumplex with 8 different influencing styles that are wamr versus cool and dominance vs deferent

Quizzes to help you discover your leadership styles

Improving your leadership starts with understanding where you’re at right now. Then articulating where you want to be. The gap between the two is your development opportunity.

What’s the best way to understand where you’re at right now? Assessing yourself against a structured reliable framework, and getting feedback from others. Try my quizzes to help you understand more about your leadership and influencing styles.

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