How L&D Can Support the Virtual Leader

In recent years, virtual team working has been on the rise. We know that. However, we also know that there has been a dramatic spike in remote collaboration in recent weeks and virtual teams have been built - and taken shape - almost overnight. In the coming weeks, some will return to the office. For [...]

How L&D Can Support the Virtual Leader2020-07-01T11:52:16+01:00

3 Ways Leaders Motivate Virtual Teams In The ‘New Norm’

With such a significant shift in working practices due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, remote working could be here to stay indefinitely.  Employees have embraced remote working in a way that we could not have predicted at the start of the year. Almost half of the UK workforce were instructed to work from home overnight, organisations made it happen, and it [...]

3 Ways Leaders Motivate Virtual Teams In The ‘New Norm’2020-06-23T13:48:06+01:00

Is Managing Your Time the Key for Successful Virtual Leaders?

Virtual leadership is such a pertinent topic right now, as leaders adapt to the new world that the coronavirus has caused. Working from home is one of the success stories of the COVID-19 outbreak, with many companies reporting an easy transition. A recent survey found that up to 98 per cent of employees would like [...]

Is Managing Your Time the Key for Successful Virtual Leaders?2020-06-09T13:44:14+01:00

Why Great Leaders Are Always Learning

Do you know the secret all great leaders share?   It's that there's an intrinsic value to lifelong learning, and by embracing it, you can develop and grow your leadership capabilities.  Simon Sinek, motivational speaker and author of the bestselling book Start With Why, says, "Leadership is a skill, a learnable, practicable skill, and the best leaders don't consider themselves experts— they consider themselves students…regardless of [...]

Why Great Leaders Are Always Learning2020-03-16T17:43:23+00:00

New to Leadership? Here Are 5 Strategies To Implement Immediately

If you’ve recently been promoted to your first leadership role, congratulations!   The step up to management is exciting, but it can be a steep learning curve too, and one that will take you out of your comfort zone. No doubt, you are already very good at your job, but managing a team as a new [...]

New to Leadership? Here Are 5 Strategies To Implement Immediately2020-02-17T16:06:19+00:00

Why You Need to Develop Your Influencing Style in 2020

What exactly is influencing; and importantly, how can you develop this essential skill? In essence, influencing is the ability to affect the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something else. And the ability to understand and harness the power of influence is the key to effective leadership. In today's business world, effective leadership requires [...]

Why You Need to Develop Your Influencing Style in 20202020-02-05T09:01:17+00:00

8 Things Leaders Should Stop Doing in 2020

As we head into winter, now’s a great time to start planning for 2020.   How will you face the challenge of developing your leadership skills in the new year?  Whilst it’s sometimes easy to focus on what you would like to be doing (improving communication, learning new skills, coming up with innovative ideas, hitting new targets) what about thinking about the things you should stop doing?  Leadership can be challenging. However, some of your habits may have made it more difficult [...]

8 Things Leaders Should Stop Doing in 20202019-10-21T15:58:17+01:00

5 Critical Leadership Skills for The New Decade

We have spent the last few years hearing how the millennial generation will dominate the workforce from the year 2020 and learning about how leaders can lead and manage an ever increasingly diverse and multi-generational workforce.  The reality is that 2020 isn’t too far away. Recently it has made me think about what lies ahead for organisations and leaders in the [...]

5 Critical Leadership Skills for The New Decade2019-07-01T16:34:56+01:00

Women Leaders And The Gifts They Bring

Something slightly different this week. On Friday it’s International Women’s Day and a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing women out there and the gifts they bring.  Having a Y chromosome or not shouldn’t really be an indication of whether you will make a great leader.  Your leadership abilities should depend on your individual strengths and personality traits. However, in many cases, women aren’t always encouraged to take on leadership roles as often as their male [...]

Women Leaders And The Gifts They Bring2019-03-06T12:19:01+00:00

Developing Confident Leaders: 4 Quick Win Strategies

On my way back from a recent training event I was running in Europe, I was delayed in an airport due to our wonderful UK weather.  As usual, I caught up on some of the best leadership blogs, posts and podcasts.  Something caught my eye, which related to a group of leaders I had just been working with.  It was a comment by a writer on Hbr who shared his opinion that “without confidence, there is no [...]

Developing Confident Leaders: 4 Quick Win Strategies2019-03-06T12:05:03+00:00

Leading From The Front Or Behind Which Should You Choose?

Throughout my career there is one law of success that I believe which is: Failing teams, departments and organisations rediscover success as a result of leadership and not management. So often I hear the phrase, and I am sure you do too, “It’s important to lead from the front”.   It’s almost become a mantra that is recited without thinking about: [...]

Leading From The Front Or Behind Which Should You Choose?2019-03-06T12:05:30+00:00

Why Now Is The Time To Become An Open Minded Leader

Being open-minded is a skill I encourage every leader I work with to develop. Over the last few years, the topic of shifting our mindset to improve and create the results we want has become prevalent in most leadership circles.  Working and developing our mindset is critical for today’s leader.  Some time ago I wrote a piece based on Carol Dweck’s work on [...]

Why Now Is The Time To Become An Open Minded Leader2018-11-26T16:36:22+00:00

3 Easy Ways To Ensure Your Employees Are Happy And Engaged

Happy and engaged employees are more productive. I know, it’s not exactly rocket science is it? However, a rushed deadline or far too many things on your to-do list means that the ‘wellbeing’ of your team members is de-prioritised.  Suddenly the many benefits of an engaged and happy team are then forgotten. As we approach the end of another year, your employees can have a classic [...]

3 Easy Ways To Ensure Your Employees Are Happy And Engaged2018-11-27T12:32:48+00:00

How To Motivate A Virtual Team To Do Their Best Work

“How can I motivate my team?” is one of the most common questions managers ask, and it doesn’t matter how experienced they are. Head over to Google, and you will find there are 65.7 million searches for this question. For those of you who are regular readers of the Zestfor blog, you will know that [...]

How To Motivate A Virtual Team To Do Their Best Work2018-09-04T14:26:31+01:00

7 Steps To Setting And Holding A Vision When Leading Remotely Part 2

I recently shared the first four steps in our two-part article series on setting and holding a team vision when working remotely, which I know has resonated with many regular readers. In this second article, I will complete the next few steps and share how to hold a vision with a remote team. As a [...]

7 Steps To Setting And Holding A Vision When Leading Remotely Part 22018-09-04T14:00:41+01:00

7 Steps To Setting And Holding A Vision When Leading Remotely

In an increasingly globalised world, virtual working is on the increase in many organisations meaning a growing number of employees rely on technology to meet, collaborate and stay connected to deliver results. We have previously talked about the importance of building trust in teams which can be particularly challenging when teams usually meet virtually. When Yale School of Management hosted their first Global Virtual Teams course the first of five takeaway lessons was to build a collective identity, which was based on creating [...]

7 Steps To Setting And Holding A Vision When Leading Remotely2018-09-04T14:00:10+01:00

5 Easy To Action Steps For Managing Millennials

"How do I manage my Millennial employees?" It’s a common question that is asked by many managers who find themselves frequently scratching their heads as they look for the ‘answer’ to their prayers. Managers often talk about the challenge of getting their Gen Y team members to focus on the tasks that need completing when [...]

5 Easy To Action Steps For Managing Millennials2018-06-29T11:45:06+01:00

5 Strategies To Becoming A More Resilient Leader

I have noticed over the last six months that several people have commented on having feedback from their senior manager about being a more resilient leader.   Don’t get me wrong this is all well and good except when you are left without direction on what specifically you can do to build and demonstrate your resilience as a leader.  What I am going to [...]

5 Strategies To Becoming A More Resilient Leader2018-07-06T12:18:14+01:00

How Humble Are You And Your Leaders?

Over the last few years, I’ve had numerous conversations about the term ‘servant’ leadership. As it’s a phrase that is growing in use, I thought it would be a good topic of conversation for my next blog. I’ll cover the following areas to give you an insight into what this means for you as a leader;   What does it mean?  What do [...]

How Humble Are You And Your Leaders?2018-06-22T10:32:27+01:00