What Makes a Good Leader?

Leaders who do a few things well achieve high performance in their teams. They inspire their people, they bring their strategy to life and they effortlessly drive change.

Here at what makes a good leader, Ian Pratt brings to you his years of Leadership expertise where he has repeatedly turned underachieving teams into high performing teams.

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Leadership is the art of people

Management By Walking About Management by Walking Around
Learn how to use your Management By Walking Around (MBWA) to embed change, align your people with your strategy and to engage your employees to unlock their discretionary effort
One on OneOne on One
Effective One on One feedback (O3) engages and motivates your employees, discover the "what makes a good leader" secrets of engaging one on ones, includes sample scripts and free e'learn
Performance ManagementPerformance Management
Conversations are only difficult if you approach them the wrong way, learn how you can engage employees in open discussions about their performance
Performance Appraisal Performance appraisals
Done well will engage your employees, done poorly will disengage your employees. Learn how you can use performance appraisals to engage your people

Team MeetingsTeam Meetings
Good team meetings are a lot of fun, participative and engaging. Learn how to use your team meetings to improve teamwork and build commitment to goal achievement
Team LeadershipTeam Leadership
Team performance is directly influenced by the quality of the supervision, find out how you can become a high performing leader
Change ManagementChange Management
Learn how to engage and motivate your people through change and become known for your implementation capabilities
Positive Feedback Positive Feedback
Discover the difference between associative praise and appreciaitve praise and learn how you can supercharge your workforce using praise

Leaders think Strategically

SWOT Analysis SWOT Analysis
Expertly prepared examples, templates and checklist all provided free ... SWOT Analysis Templates, SWOT Examples
Pestel AnalysisMacro Environment Analysis
Environmental scanning is the foundation of leadership, learn here what to scan for when developing strategy
Porters Five Forces Porters Five Forces
Understanding the competitor landscape and the power your business has in that landscape will empower your business decision making, discover how
Internal AnalysisInternal Analysis
Take a good look at your business, learn your strengths and identify areas of risk. Discover how to leverage your strengths to form a compelling strategy

Leaders Drive Change

What is Change ManagementWhat is Change Management
Find out what what change management is really all about
Change Management ModelsChange Management Models
Gain an insight into the leading change management models and discover which one is right for your oganisation, ADKAR, Kotter, Lewin
Change Management ProcessChange Management Process
Learn the secrets of great change management with this expertly prepared and easy to follow change management process
Organisational Change Management Organisational Change Management (the case for change)
Discover the reasons why organisations that embrace change management have greater project success than those who do not, myths busted

What Makes A Good Leader?

A good leader is unlikely to be aware of their uniqueness or the value that they bring as they will be humble, however they will lead a team that performs at a level far higher than others in their industry, (See Good to Great). Outsiders will explain the success as luck or as being in the right place at the right time but there is a uniqueness to great leaders.


Great leaders have two passions, firstly a passion for their people and secondly a passion for the organisation and its purpose. They combine these two passions to provide focus and purpose for their people and, in doing so, they engage the passion of their people.

As the employee's passion becomes engaged you will start to see a positive uplift in effort that they are willing to freely give to the organisation. This is their discretionary effort and it is being unlocked through the passion of their leader.

The largest barrier to high performance is insufficient heart, this is something that cannot be measured, cannot be performance managed and will not be given through fear. To win the hearts of their people optimistic leaders must engage them through a deep passion for the goals of the organisation and through a genuine interest in each of the people.

Many organisations have a huge gap between current performance and potential performance, researchers will tell us that the higher performing organisations tend to have higher employee engagement whilst lower performing organisations tend to have lower employee engagement.

Sure employee engagement can be manipulated, however true lasting engagement comes from passionate leaders that engage their employee’s heart.

A Passion for People

There is no task for being passionate about people, being passionate about people is a theme that is woven through every aspect of a leader’s role, it is evident in the way you start your day, give feedback, cascade strategy, manage performance, conduct one on ones, and run team meetings.

Passion for the organisation

Being passionate about your organisation is about looking beyond your strategy and seeing the value your organisation adds to the people outside of it, the customers who receive your organisations goods and services. It is about linking that value to each and every employee’s contribution whilst keeping a focus on those few things that lead to greater business success.

What Makes A Good Leader?

At what makes a good leader you will find out how you too can become a great leader, inspiring your people through your passion.