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Reflections on leadership; the ‘why’ is just not enough

I don’t know about you but sometimes I find being a good leader can be hard. I’m consciously aware of being a good role model, always being ‘present’ for my team irrespective of work pressures faced and  what may be going on in my personal  life and I’ve been trying to work out how to be an inspiring leader especially at those low points when feeling inspired is hard.

Simon Seneck’s TED talk on ‘How great leaders inspire’ deeply resonates with me and what I view my role to be – if you haven’t watched it you must.  Simon Seneck talks about the golden circle’ – ‘why’, ‘how’, ‘what’. Most organisations know what they do and how they do it but very few understand why they do it. The difference with really great organisations is they focus on the ‘why’ and the role of leaders is to connect every individual to that purpose in a personal way. Makes sense.  Feels good. Harder to do in practice.

Why’s it so hard? Because most leaders spend at least 80% of their time on management not leadership. 

In a work context the measure of a great leader is really about delivering results. A good leader GETS STUFF DONE. Having great leadership qualities; connecting people with purpose isn’t enough. A great leader also needs to be a great manager – they need to find and engage the right talent to deliver results, connect their team to purpose and focus on the right tasks, at the right time, in the right way.

Management is about organizing resources, processes and systems to deliver results. Leadership is about inspiring great performance. There’s plenty of great leaders but poor managers however to deliver results you need to be an effective leader and an effective manager. When these two things intersect great things are possible. 

The key to success is balancing leadership and management, focussing on the ‘why’ to inspire and the less glamorous but as important management to deliver results.

I’d love to hear your thoughts – email me on



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