Posts Tagged ‘leaders’


May 22, 2012




by Cherie Power Coach on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 10:34pm ·

There are basically five sources of leadership, and all of us can tap into them. We can help others tap into their natural sources, too.

 One: Ego.

 You always hear the old cliche, “Keep your ego out of it.” That’s just wrong. I don’t know any executives who don’t have ego. A healthy ego can be a great source of leadership. We all do things for our reasons and motivations, and saying otherwise is simply untrue. A healthy ego also gives us the confidence in ourselves to take on bold initiatives. Of course, we have to avoid the temptations of getting our ego too involved; that’s where problems happen.

Strong leaders have strong ego, and know how to keep their ego in check.

 Two: The Head.

The head is the source of great ideas.

The head is where we process information, make connections, and come up with new ideas that can change ourselves, our organizations, and the world. It is also the source of logic, which enables us to persuade other people that our ideas make sense.

 Three: The Gut.

The gut is a key source of strength, of taking a stand. It is where we negotiate with others to make deals. It is where we set boundaries, raise the bar of performance, and find the courage to act. In Japan, the gut is called the Hara, and has special meaning as the place where we get grounded and stay strong.

 Four: The Heart.

The heart is where we are vulnerable, build relationships based on trust, make amends, ask for help, and involve others in our lives. We call on the heart when we want others to truly commit, and not just be compliant.

 Five: The Spirit.

The spirit is the source of our core values and true character, and where we come up with bold dreams and vision. The great leaders in history were known for their spirit and vision.

 Many leaders are able to tap into one of these five sources, but not all of them. We can help our clients become much more fluid and flexible as leaders, by helping them to tap into all five sources of leadership at the right time, as needed

Cherie Eilertsen

Leadership tips to the top

May 31, 2010

1. Employ intelligent people.
Put a strong team together that will generate a force to be reckoned with. If people are intelligent and lazy, even better as they will constantly push themselves to find a more efficient and simplified way forward.

2. Invest in your people.
Gain their loyalty by educating your people. As the team evolves through knowledge, so the organisation improves. Leaders win loyalty through generosity.

3. Know who you are.
Say what you mean and mean what you say so that people will learn to rely on your word.

4. Don’t be too proud to ask for help.
Many people in your organisation are specialists in their field. Tap into their knowledge to find solutions. You will not only empower them to want to help more, but you fast-track the system to getting the answers the first time.

5. Plan your work, and then work your plan.
Don’t compromise your credibility by entering into situations without appropriate research and advance preparation. Leaders plan ahead.

Captains of industry

6. Run short, punchy meetings.
Know what needs to be done before, during and even after a meeting through efficient preparation. Effective meetings generate alert, enthusiastic contributions.

7. Steer the ship.
Even though leaders get caught up in the day-to-day activities of the office place, their responsibility to creatively steer the company in a successful direction is paramount.

8. Attitude determines altitude.
People look to leaders for inspiration and a reason to believe in the product. Your attitude should positively energise others continuously.

9. Lead to achieve.
Everyone wants to be the hero, but this does not mean that you are getting the job done. Drop your ego and achieve the results for the company.

10. Cool, calm and collected.
Maintain a professional tone in all forms of communication. If your good reputation is what you use to leverage your career, protect it like a valuable gem. In an age of transparency and access to information, you cannot afford not to maintain a professional tone.

Cherie Eilertsen