Why Leaders Should Follow Their Instincts

Why Leaders Should Follow Their Instincts_The Leader's Digest blog

What did Francis Ford Coppola, David Frost and Alfred Hitchcock have in common (apart from the fact that they were all freakin’ geniuses)? Perhaps more importantly… What can leaders learn from these three men? This formidable trio went to punishing lengths to achieve their vision, did not give up on what they knew was possible,…

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Celia Lashlie – What A Woman

Celia Lashlie – what a woman. As the tributes continue to flow in for this incredible human – who, through her relentless work as a social justice advocate and author,  literally transformed the lives of thousands of adolescents in New Zealand – I wanted to take a moment to remember her as a truly inspirational leader. What can…

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10 Leadership Gems From Martin Luther King

If I could invite anyone, living or dead, to my ‘last supper’, Martin Luther King would be on that guest list. BTW – so would Andy Warhol and Keith Richards; but that’s a story for another day. Like Nelson Mandela and Gandhi, Martin Luther King was one of the most remarkable leaders of all time…

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Badass Anais Nin

Although she doesn’t look it, Anais Nin (1903 -1977) was a badass with a capital B. Although her time to shine as an enigmatic American author was the middle of last century, her approach to life was far ahead of her time. “How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the…

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Role Models

Role models have played a significant part in my life, as I’m sure they have in yours. My personal role models have helped to shape my attitudes and beliefs. They have influenced how I view the world. And they have guided me in discovering and accepting who I am as a person. I could fill pages and pages…

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A Cool Dude Named Epictetus

So, there’s this bloke called Epictetus.  The fact that he lived around 2000 years ago seems to make no difference as to how relevant and astute his words are today. His philosophies have an uncanny contemporary relevance to today’s 21st century world and the multifaceted, high speed, ever-changing realm we operate in as leaders. I’ve got this little book of his writings that…

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Leadership Icon: Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary is renown as the legendary mountaineer and humanitarian who first conquered Everest in 1953.  And today, as people around the world celebrate the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund’s conquest of Everest,  I would like to pay a special tribute to him as a great leader. He may not have led a big…

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A Tribute to a Great Leader: Parekura Horomia

This week I have been struck by the outpouring of grief and respect for Parekura Horomia, who passed away on Monday at his home at Mangatuna, Tolaga Bay. The New Zealand Labour Party MP and former Maori Affairs Minister was said to have had a physically enlarged heart – which was as much a fact…

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