Reality TV is probably not your first call when trying to improve your leadership skills, but you may find surprisingly good insights there.
Most people have never heard of Kitchen Nightmares or Hotel Hell, both of which are reality shows run by acclaimed British chef and entrepreneur Gordon Ramsay. He is invited by supposedly excellent restaurants and hotels that somehow fail to generate income or have any noticeable number of customers.
Where do leaders learn their skills and find inspiration? Do they work away, locked in an office, until inspiration strikes? It should go without saying that project managers need leadership skills.
To a large degree, leaders are those who build on lessons learned from the past. German philosopher Georg Hegel said, “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”
I love to learn from the most successful people in life. It’s one of the best ways to gain new insights and accelerate your learning.
When it comes to leadership, it’s hard to find a better example than Sir Winston Churchill. I’ve been fascinated by him ever since I visited the Cabinet War Rooms in London, England years ago.
Search for leadership models on Google and you’ll get about 375,000,000 results.
There’s information on the 3 levels of leadership model, situational leadership, Tuckman’s model of team development, transactional and transformational leadership, action centred leadership, and so on. Now this is a lot to take in.
So, I thought I’d save you some time and prepare a rough guide to leadership models.
Why? Because your behaviour is the biggest obstacle to achieving great things. Leadership skills alone won’t get you where you need to be.
It is character — your leadership qualities — that matter.
Developing leadership skills is often a matter of trial and error. We must learn to experiment and take risks.
Indeed this is how we hone our leadership skills.
Managing stakeholder influence is an essential leadership skill.
What’s more, managing stakeholders isn’t solely the remit of project managers. Everyone can benefit from my top 5 tips for managing stakeholder influence.