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Putting the LEAD in Leadership

At a recent conference, the social entrepreneur, Carol Akiwumi, gave a session on Transformational Leadership. In her talk, she used LEAD as an acronym to highlight the key qualities she believes are required for leadership.


L E A D


L is for Learn and Leverage


Great leaders appreciate that there is always more to learn and that they are never the ‘finished article’. Consequently, they are feedback hungry and retain an appetite for development.


They also appreciate that they cannot do it all on their own. Consequently, their most important decisions are people decisions. They recruit, induct and retain great people and embrace the practice of delegation.


E is for Embrace and Empower


Leaders embrace change (as it is inevitable). They also embrace risks and mistakes on account of them being essential for development.


Great leaders also empower others to embrace change, risk and mistakes too.


A is for Authenticity and Action


Great leaders are comfortable in their own skin. They share who they are as people.


Great leaders also promote a healthy urgency for action.


D is for Diversity and Drive


Great leaders delight in difference. Consequently, they are careful not to recruit in their own image and embrace the positive tension and variety of perspectives that comes with a diverse team.


Great leaders also connect their values to their work to create sustainable drive and motivation. They are also masters at helping others to connect with their intrinsic motivations.



Mark Hughes is the Founder of mch, a consultancy focused on bringing about positive impact with both individuals and organisations. He brings a wealth of experience in the fields of leadership and organisational development, training, coaching and mentoring. Mark will be delivering training sessions and coaching on this year's Bath Future Talent Programme.

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