The Inspired Leader Blog

The power of crazy, impossible, intriguing ideas

Apr 11, 2019

In our efforts as leaders to generate an inspiring purpose for our teams and organisations, we frequently get involved in the task of generating mission or vision statements. Worthy as…

Tune in to your own internal treasure-seeking system

Jan 18, 2019

I was struck recently by an intriguing connection between two seemingly unrelated encounters. In the first, I was talking to someone who had just joined an organisation as its new…

Does your leadership team feel up to something together?

Nov 12, 2018

I’m sure that as you look back over your career to date, there will be one or two memorable moments when your understanding of what it really means to be…

Authentic leadership – fine in theory but what about in practice?

Oct 2, 2018

Authenticity has become well established as one of the central ideas in leadership development. The guidance to help inspire and engage other people is clear – be yourself, stay true…

Time for Leadership Inspiration

Jul 3, 2018

Over the past three years, I have interviewed nearly a hundred leaders from many different walks of life. My goal has been to understand what inspiration means to each of…

How well do you understand your strengths?

May 29, 2018

Be honest now. When you get your personal feedback as part of your performance appraisal each year, do you pay more attention to the comments made about your strengths or…

The Revolutionary Impact of Ignorance

Apr 20, 2018

Like many people around the world recently, I have been fascinated by reading the extraordinary book Sapiens. Its author, Yuval Noah Harari, set out to chart the forces shaping the…

7 Ways to find Inspiration at Work

Mar 30, 2018

Most leaders spend a lot of time and effort considering how they can best inspire their teams. Being able to lift people’s spirit and motivation is a vital skill, particularly…

Do leaders need to be lucky?

Feb 15, 2018

Napoleon once remarked that the kind of generals he most wanted in his army were lucky ones. In recent weeks, I have been talking to a fascinating variety of leaders…

The benefits of a ‘squiggly’ career

Jan 10, 2018

Over the past three years, I have interviewed nearly 100 leaders from many different walks of life to find out their sources of personal inspiration. One of the most striking…

What can we learn from a real fire fighter?

Dec 12, 2017

One of the key challenges facing leaders in any sphere is finding ways to keep focused on the big strategic picture. It’s so easy to get dragged into fighting the…

The light and dark sides of inspiration

Nov 24, 2017

Who wouldn’t want to be inspired? Invigorated, positive, motivated, uplifted. These are just some of the words that typically come to mind when we think about inspiration. And I’m delighted…

Welcome to The Inspired Leader blog

Oct 11, 2017

Can you think of any moments recently when you felt your spirits soar? Mine include the surge of love and joy I experienced alongside my wife on the day of…