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The qualities of a good leader

In Communication, culture, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Leadership, Organizational Development, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Strategy on September 23, 2016 at 6:25 am


It takes courage to be a leader. To stand up and say: I can lead these people into the future with my vision. I can guide them through change. I can inspire them to want to tap into their passion and give that one hundred percent to a cause every single day.

No one said being a leader is easy. Whether you’re a person or a company, there is a certain sense of gravity and expectation that goes with the job and the title. So grave is the weight, that it caused Joseph Wambaugh to pen the words: ‘fish rots from the head’. Meaning that when an organisation or state fails, it is the leadership that is the root cause.

So what are the qualities of a good leader? It all starts with how others perceive who you are as a leader.

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Five basic principles of a true leader

In Communication, Development, Inspire, Leadership, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking, Team on November 9, 2015 at 10:53 pm


What makes a true leader? Indeed, what makes a leader?

Are some of us really born leaders?

But what is it that true leaders do that sets them apart from the crowd? Apart from the ability to demonstrate well executed activities, such as planning, motivating, organizing, and decision making, what are the human elements that complement such tasks?

If we had to narrow it down to five basic principles that any leader needs to take him/her from simply one who manages to one who inspires and leads, what would they be?

Let’s take a look.

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Storytelling as an effective communication tool

In Branding, Communication, Creative, Effectiveness, Inspire, Language, Leadership, Personal Branding, Philosophy on March 19, 2015 at 3:23 am


Once upon a time, author Rudyard Kipling said: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

How very true.

Remember when we were younger and we would look forward to that time of the day when we would be read to sleep?

And have you ever been at an event and there was that one person who absolutely stole the show? And they weren’t even the guest speaker?

What did these moments have in common? Storytelling.

I’ve written before about storytelling and how it connects the speaker or writer to the audience.

Why is that?

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Two words

In Communication, Creative, Development, Inspire on April 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I spotted a quote the other day which I thought I’d share.

“If you could write a note to your younger self, what would you say in only two words?”

So if you could, what would you say?

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Let the creative create

In Creative, Inspire on October 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

Dieter F Uchtdorf once said, “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.”

The English word ‘creative’ comes from the Latin term creatus, which means to create, make or produce. The term itself is related to the other Latin term crescere, which means to arise or grow.

A creative is exactly that, a creator – someone who creates, makes or produces.

So it’s certainly not logical nor wise business sense to employ a creative, pay them thousands of dollars, to have them spend precious time, and your precious dollars, pushing paper or perform menial administrative tasks.

It’s not wise business sense. But it happens. A lot.

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Word of the day: awareness

In Branding, Inspire, Learning, Personal Branding, Word of the day on October 3, 2013 at 3:25 am

Awareness is a powerful thing. To be self-aware is to know self through self-reflection. And through the eyes of others. How do we see ourselves? How do others see us? How do we want to be perceived? What is our footprint? And what is our presence?

Awareness is the first step of growth and learning. Only by being aware do we know what we know, what we don’t know, and what we need to learn.

Once we are self-aware, we can then be aware of others and those around us. It’s all about the world in you. Then you in the world. And what you do with that awareness, well, that’s entirely up to you.

Yes. Awareness is a powerful thing.

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The power of yes

In Branding, Communication, Inspire, Personal Branding on September 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

John Wayne once said, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

I love this little quote. It’s become my absolute daily mantra. Each day, we all face little decisions we need to make. Some days more than others, these decisions are bigger and take a life-changing turn.

This little quote truly resonates with me. Courage isn’t about always being brave. Courage is about being human and acknowledging the fear, but facing it anyway.

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Making a positive mark with your personal brand

In Branding, Communication, Inspire, Marketing, Personal Branding on September 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

I recently wrote a blog about personal branding. Today I want to talk about what personal branding is. And what it isn’t.

Personal branding isn’t about self-promotion. It’s not about how much money you have. And it’s not about how many people know you.

Personal branding is about who you are and how you project yourself. It’s about the three words that come to mind when people think of you. It’s about the impression you give when you first meet someone. It’s about how others remember you.

Remember: Everything that you say, do, and think feeds into your personal brand.

And remember: Personal branding is not bound by social conventions. It is limitless and driven only by your core values.

And the thing about personal branding is that it’s not about what you do as a profession that sets who you are. It is about who you are.

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Word of the day: knowledge

In Branding, Communication, Copywriting, Creative, Grammar, Inspire, Language, Learning, Personal Branding, Word of the day, Writing on September 8, 2013 at 10:34 pm

They say, ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ and that is true power. Knowledge is power. As they say.

But sharing knowledge is even more powerful. It marks a true leader.

I think. Don’t you?

Copyright © agentofarcadia 2013


Simon says

In Advertizing, Branding, Communication, Creative, Inspire, Learning, Personal Branding on July 25, 2013 at 4:59 am

I was driving the other day and stationary at the lights, I found myself looking out the window right at an ad that caught my eye.

So I whipped out my iPhone and snapped a shot.

I popped it up on Instagram and the next day, received an email from a friend who gave me a little bit of background to the tagline:

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

Recognize it?

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