The good boss


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There are so many books written about leadership but are they helpful? Andrew Priestley is a business coach who has specialised in business leadership for years and he walks you through some leadership myths. He believes there are five principles that underpin all good leadership.

He provides a snapshot of his theory and links to some useful free resources.

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  • The good boss

    2. 2. THE TOP THREE THINGS•I coach owner/bosses. I recently went back through all my client files to 1998+ and there were three common goals: - run a good business - create a good team “Mary is tough and takes no nonsense - be a good boss and we work hard but everyone just loves working here.”
    3. 3. RUN A GOOD BUSINESS• “It means our business is profitable and growing ... but also ‘things’ run well and its a good place to work.” “Making money is the result of a lot of small things going right. “
    4. 4. CREATE A GOOD TEAM• “The books talk about delegation and accountability and decision making. But that didn’t mean I could rely on my people to do what was agreed. Most days, now, I do not have to think about what my staff are paid to do.” “They know what to do and what’s needed. They perform well.”
    5. 5. BE A GOOD BOSS• “Inever considered myself a leader. I associate that with sports, politics, the military or corporate leaders. I certainly don’t have Jack Welch’s resources. I can’t throw 50 MBAs at a problem. But now I know how to interpret situations and I can apply what I know from an “I want results. I want to run a good business. And I want to know what I’m doing applied business leadership and be a good boss to work for.” perspective.”
    6. 6. RED HERRINGS?• “Iactually did an MBA and a semester at Harvard. I know the three leadership styles and 8 power types and the various leadership theories. I’ve read Powell and Welch. The information is all good but I honestly struggled to apply it in my business day- to-day. It was interesting and necessary but often not that useful.”
    7. 7. LEADERSHIP IS A SECRET• “I’m confused. These are good books but applying the ‘tips’ and ‘secrets’ to my situation hasn’t been easy.”
    8. 8. WHAT REALLY WORKS?• “There are some really good books full of good tips and rules and tricks, but you will go nuts trying to copy what they do. Since 1998, I reviewed over 343 books and articles on business leadership dating back over 70 years. I believe good ‘business’ leadership comes down to five ideas.” Andrew Priestley
    9. 9. #1 AWARENESS• “No matter what the tips and rules, if you want to be a good boss or leader you have to be aware of what’s happening - often right under your nose. And aware of your internal response to that situation. That’s what Colin, Martha, Jack and Anita mostly do or did under pressure. Leadership isn’t a checklist.”
    10. 10. #2 ASSERTIVE• “You might think the ‘secret’ lies in effective communication skills or assertiveness training. It helps. But if you know what’s happening but can’t communicate that awareness, your ability to lead will be diminished. Good leaders are able to communicate their awareness.”
    11. 11. #3 AGREEMENTS• “The common theme here is not necessarily the ability to negotiate but the ability to broker an agreement and stick to it. This is the gaping hole in most leadership training. The bit they miss. Agreements are the glue of everything and most of your business problems start right here.”
    12. 12. #4 ACCOUNTABILITY• “OK the books talk about delegating and solving problems, compliance and managing people, systems and situations. But underneath all that good leaders manage agreements well. Period. With others and themselves. Good leaders certainly fix problems; but they will then ask, “Why was it necessary for me to get involved?”.”
    13. 13. #5 ACUITY• “Acuitymeans to sharpen. The research tells us good leaders think ‘growth’. They sharpen their game by asking questions like, “How can I be even better?” They also ask, “How am I contributing to the problem?” Or: “Am I the problem?” Good questions like that.”
    14. 14. 5 KEY QUESTIONS If you want to read the five key questions go
    15. 15. WHO IS ANDREW PRIESTLEY? Andrew Priestley is an award winning business coach whospecialises in business leadership. Qualified in OrganisationalPsychology he can help you run agood business, build a good team and be a very good boss to work for. Contact him at
    16. 16. Also check out www.keypersonofinfluence.comNB: Images and books shown in this presentation are not necessarily endorsed by Andrew Priestley but are used for illustrative purposes. The comments however are very relevant.