The Leadership Catalyst – Introduction

Leadership can be transformational.  With the right leadership in place, companies and organizations can accomplish what seems to be impossible.

Just yesterday I saw the film – The Way Back – a story about a polish political prisoner who in 1941 escapes the Soviet Gulag in Siberia.  He and six other inmates embark on a journey by foot of 5000 km across the very inhospitable terrain which includes the Gobi desert and the Himalayas.  Through sheer determination and resilience, three of the original seven finally make it all the way to India.

We should never underestimate the power of the human spirit.  Leadership is the key to unlocking that potential.

Organizations often are not aware of this power – or do not know how to access it.

In this blog, I will report on the day to day activities of leadership consulting.  This work takes place in many dimensions.  From the perspective of the individual, leadership involves learning about myself, leveraging my strengths and finding the courage to lead not from fear but from conviction.  At the level of a team, leadership requires understanding the various indispensible roles in a well functioning team, sensing team spirit and finding opportunity amongst conflict.  Organizational leadership is about context – setting the right environment for performance and transformation to unfold.  Its key elements include purpose, values, culture, networks, objectives…

Jeffrey Beeson speaking about leadership stratregy

The common denominator for all three levels is energy.  What leaders do – is unleash the energy in individuals, teams and organizations.

“How do you know you have won? When the energy is coming the other way and when your people are visibly growing individually and as a group.”

Sir John Harvey-Jones – former Chairman of Imperial Chemical Industries