Finding Potential

February 14, 2012 Simon Leadership Development

I recently came across a great site, aptly named Finding Potential, that offers a bunch of free, high quality assessment tools. These tools provide a very useful solution for companies of all sizes and are focused in three areas: Personality Assessment – This is a simple personality questionnaire baed on self-assessment by individuals. It is ideally used […]


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The Definition Of Leadership

January 6, 2012 Simon Leadership Development

One thing I am asked quite frequently is, “What is the definition of leadership?” and of course, I can never remember the exact quote from my book – yes I know it’s a sign of getting older – so I normally faff around with some general distinctions around the difference between managing and leading. So I […]


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Leading Remote Workers

December 19, 2011 Simon Leadership Development

If the 2011 CISCO Connected World Technology Report is anything to go by, attracting and retaining the top talent of the future will be less about the traditional workplace motivational drivers and far more about issues such as remote working and flexible working hours. What challenges does this trend create for leaders? Leading remote workers has […]


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Leadership Bite Size – Ask For Feedback

December 7, 2011 Simon Leadership Bite Size

Every so often during a 1-1 with your staff, why not ask for feedback? What more do you need from me? What can I do to make things better for you? How am I doing as a manager? What could I do better/differently? Of course, if you ask the question, you have to be open […]


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Leadership Development versus Leadership Training – Is there a difference?

December 2, 2011 Simon Leadership Development

When I introduce myself to people as a Leadership Development specialist one of the more common responses revolves around leadership training – “So you run leadership training?”, “What type of leadership training do you specialize in?”, “I really value leadership training” etc. Is there really a difference between leadership training and leadership development? You bet […]


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Leadership Bite Size – Be Positive

November 29, 2011 Simon Leadership Bite Size

Starting today I am introducing a new feature category to this site – Leadership Bite Size. This will be a series of tips and techniques for becoming an effective leader and will enable me to share with you small yet powerful ideas on a regular basis. The first of these tips is to be positive. […]


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Leading With the Brain in Mind

November 25, 2011 Simon Leadership Development

In October I wrote an article introducing the SCARF model that has been developed by Dr David Rock of the NeuroLeadership Institute. Today, I’d like to take the concept further by exploring some of the key activities that might provide a threat stimulus and therefore, an away reaction versus those that provide a reward stimulus […]


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Do Cultural Boundaries Exist?

November 14, 2011 Simon Leadership Development

Anyone who works for a global organization will be familiar with the issue of working across cultural boundaries but my provocative question is; do they really exist? And moreover, to what extent do these boundaries need to be addressed in order for global organizations thrive? Of course every country and in many cases, regions within […]


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Leadership Digital

November 10, 2011 Simon Miscellaneous

I am delighted to announce that Brilliant Leader is now a featured contributor to Leadership Digital. This excellent portal enables you to access the latest and very best articles around leadership, management and leadership development as they are published. You can also search for historic articles by topic, concept, leadership gurus and industry focus. You […]


How should we measure leadership potential?

November 6, 2011 Simon Leadership Development

In talent management circles, the received wisdom is that leadership potential is best measured by assessing learning agility – often described as an individual’s ability to learn, adapt and change. I believe this makes a certain amount of sense as people who have these three attributes would be able to learn the skills required to […]


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