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Leaders, if you want to activate ownership in your teams, de-activate yourself!

Leaders, if you want to activate ownership in your teams, de-activate yourself!

This morning I looked again at a beautiful scene in the movie ‘The Horse Whisperer’ with Robert Redford and Scarlett Johansson. I use this scene often in training to give participants a great experience on ‘activating learning and ownership’. The movie is about ‘Scarlett’ who rides horses. One day Scarlett has a terrible accident with the horse and she ‘decides’…

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Working on the shadow side of leadership pays off!

Working on the shadow side of leadership pays off!

Dubai, 30th of March 2019. While I was completing my Master’s degree in Executive Coaching in London, I became fascinated by something called ‘The Shadow Side of Leadership.’ This concept seeks to explain why leaders can overuse certain behaviour, at which point it can become dysfunctional or even derail. When the tension that is inextricably linked to leadership mounts and…

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Your derailers are contagious, so watch out for them!

Your derailers are contagious, so watch out for them!

Since specialising in the shadow side of leadership and so-called derailers (dysfunctional, overused, derailing behavioural patterns) in leaders, I have come across all sorts of interesting new perspectives, all of which are worth sharing. Have you ever wondered, for example, why (your) derailers can be so contagious? In this article, I take a look at derailers from this perspective (contagiousness),…

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