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Leadership has less to do with authority and more to do with a mindset

Almost every group coaching program or workshop that I’ve hosted in the past five years has had at least one individual who would ask me this question: “Sunil, all these principles and concepts are great, but I think these are more suited for the board of directors or high-level leaders who have a seat at […]

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Coaching Leadership

How do we measure leadership?

I’m not referring to leadership effectiveness although that can be measured with a 360-degree survey or an opinion-poll. Or perhaps by gauging the level of influence leaders have over their colleagues, peers, and followers. The idea of effectiveness is different from the way leaders are judged at the outset. Nobody has the time or intent […]

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Coaching Leadership

On Consistency

Leadership and consistency go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other. And you can’t be a leading at your potential if you aren’t consistent. If you are a developing leader, building that “consistency” muscle will go a long way in your career. And here are a few concrete reasons (adapted from John Maxwell’s Leadershift) […]

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It’s not about being nice

About 6 years ago I was bestowed with the responsibilities of leading marketing initiative for my Toastmasters’ district. The mission was to grow the district’s membership. So, I set an ambitious goal of going from 9,000 to 12,000 paid members (I think, it was a long time back) by the end of my term (a […]

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Business Coaching Leadership

Who would fill your chair if you weren’t here?

I read the other day, Mark Cole, the CEO of John Maxwell Companies, once asked his leadership team a question, “Who would fill your chair if you weren’t here?” It’s a powerful question and the one I love the most because it questions our intentions and challenges our assumptions. I think developing a healthy leadership […]

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Leadership Personal growth Random Thoughts

The other half of building influence…

Leadership and influence go hand-in-hand. Heck, they’re two sides of the same coin. You can’t have one without the other. Lately, however, it seems people have fallen in love with the word “influence.” It’s tossed and thrown around a lot. So much so that I fear good old leadership just may go out of fashion! […]

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Leadership Personal growth Random Thoughts

Build, grow, get fired, rinse, and repeat!

That’s precisely what a great leader (or even a great coach) would do. Each time and every time. Besides, I hate the idea of being up there at the top perpetually. Not only is that damn boring but it’s also a testimony to the fact that I haven’t done enough to build the people around […]

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Leadership Random Thoughts

What if politicians were to take a public services exam?

Based on the pontifications and not-so-intelligent remarks we’ve been watching, listening, and consuming on the social media, I’m pretty sure 3/4th of the politicians out there won’t make it through the simplest of public services exam. And that’s not just due to the thorough preparation needed but also the minimum level of intelligence and emotional […]

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Coaching Personal growth

The most important communication skill that the gurus don’t talk about

It’s not speaking or presentation (with an emphasis on “pre”) skills despite the millions of dollars corporates and individuals alike shell out to get trained on it. Heck, there are gurus who make a living by speaking and creating information products on “speaking and presenting better” every year! But I’m digressing here. I believe the […]

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Everyone wants to be an influencer but nobody wants to do the work?

I know the punctuation mark in the headline wasn’t needed as it’s more of a statement than a question. I wish there was an elegant way to put this across. And while I don’t think anything’s wrong with the desire to becoming an influencer, I just feel that becoming one is a fitting consequence than […]