Leaders Trade in Hope

Leaders Trade in Hope

In the opening scene of Richard Curtis’s 2003 film, Love Actually, the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) comments in a voiceover that, “whenever I am gloomy with the state world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make...
Leaders don’t bully, they inspire

Leaders don’t bully, they inspire

Recent events have led me to reflect on bullying as a social phenomenon. I can think of occasions when people have felt I was bullying them, when I thought I was being passionate about the subject of the discussion. And I know I have felt bullied when the other person...
Leaders get up and get out

Leaders get up and get out

‘Good things come to those who go’; this thought met me on a Delta flight, delivered on their napkin. It fits in with Delta’s self-framing as the means of ‘getting out there’. It seemed to me a good idea at a more general level than travel. I’ve had something of a...
Compassion: A must have soft skill

Compassion: A must have soft skill

A few weeks ago, my 11-yearold grandson, Xavier, thrust the first two Percy Jackson novels into my hands and urged me to read them. “They are so much better than the films,” said he. I like a film as much as the next person, but there are numerous reasons, not least...
Leadership and ethical discourse

Leadership and ethical discourse

Leaders need to know what they believe and why. Then they need to be transparent about both and be prepared to enter into conversations about them. Nowhere is this more critical than in the realm of ethical decision making.