Being a Boss in today's world can be an incredibly challenging task.

It often feels like you're juggling multiple plates while riding a rollercoaster, constantly striving to prevent any of them from falling.

Having spent 15 years in East Africa as a senior leader of an international development charity, where I eventually became the CEO, I understand the pressures you face. We managed various programmes, including a social enterprise and a full-service private dental practice, so I am well-versed in the demands of dental leadership.

Despite not receiving formal leadership training, I managed to thrive! Through the guidance of my mentors, coaches, and a great deal of studying, reading, and practice, I learned how to lead and, more importantly, how to view myself as a leader.

I have successfully led teams for over 20 years, gradually developing my leadership skills and knowledge on the job, day by day, week by week, and month by month. Now, I have distilled the insights I've gained into user-friendly programs to support people like you.

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Unlocking Leadership Excellence: No-Nonsense Tips for Building a Great Team

September 12, 20232 min read

Leadership isn't some mystical quality reserved for the chosen few. It's about rolling up your sleeves, having a clear game plan, and getting the best out of your team. In this post, we'll cut through the jargon and look at what really makes a top-notch leader. We'll also chat about the often-overlooked role of emotional intelligence and give you a heads-up about our upcoming Great Boss Bootcamp.

What Makes a Leader Worth Following?

First off, a great leader knows where they're headed. It's not just about having a grand vision; it's about sharing that vision so everyone's on the same page. But let's be clear, a vision without action is just a daydream. You've got to break it down into bite-sized tasks, delegate effecitively, and keep everyone's eyes on what's important.

Being a good communicator is key. It's not just about talking the talk; you've got to listen as well. Whether it's a team meeting or a quick chat by the kettle, being able to articulate your thoughts while taking on board what others are saying is crucial.

Emotional Intelligence: The Unsung Hero

Now, onto emotional intelligence, or EI for short. This isn't some fluffy concept; it's the bedrock of effective leadership. EI is about being clued up on your own emotions and those of the people around you. It's what allows you to keep a level head when the pressure's on and helps you understand what makes your team tick.

Empathy is a big part of this. It's not about feeling sorry for someone; it's about understanding where they're coming from. When you get this, you can adapt your leadership style to suit each team member, making for a happier, more productive workplace.

The Great Boss Bootcamp: No Fluff, Just Results

If you're keen to up your leadership game, you might want to check out our upcoming Great Boss Bootcamp. It's a hands-on, practical course designed to give you actionable strategies you can use straight away. We'll cover everything from effective communication to mastering your emotional intelligence, all aimed at making you a more effective leader.

So, if you're an old hand looking for a refresher or someone about to take on your first practice, our Bootcamp's got something for you.

Being a top leader is about having a clear vision, knowing how to execute it, and understanding both yourself and your team on an emotional level. It's not rocket science, but it does take work. If you're up for the challenge, why not join us at the Great Boss Bootcamp and take the first step towards becoming the leader you were meant to be?

The Bootcamp opens for registration on September 18th and closes on October 2nd. Click here for details.

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