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Brad Jackson and Ken Parry say that leadership “is a process that goes on between all people and that all people can be involved in leadership, almost in spite of their formal position” (2008, p. 83).

That says to me that leadership is not just the province of a position; that leadership can happen anywhere. Phil Dourado (2007) wrote a book that focused fairly significantly on this idea of acts of leadership, which can be taken anywhere, at any time, by any person.

A leadership act takes place when, in the words of John Anster, we “Seize this very minute. What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power, magic in it” (1835, p. 15, translating Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 'Faust: eine Tragödie', 1808).

It's a liberating thought. We mustn't wait for leadership to happen to us: we must go out and make it happen around us. Thus this blog is "Acts of Leadership".

What gets me up in the morning is undertaking work that is challenging, rewarding and absorbing; particularly coaching people to help them advance in business and in their chosen careers. I am fascinated by leadership and in learning people's stories.

My specialities: Coaching, training and guiding clients to achieve their goals. Brokering difficult conversations, negotiating win:win solutions. Strategic planning, goal setting, analysing objectives, determining actions, SWOT analysis, business planning, policy & procedure development, documentation, training, training needs analysis, PR.

As a business owner and consultant since 1997, and a management lecturer since 2007 for Auckland University of Technology & Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, I do, and I teach. Teaching helps to ensure that my professional development is always up to date: you can't authentically model learning to others if you don't do it yourself.

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References:
  • Anster, John (1835). Faustus, A Dramatic Mystery; The Bride of Corinth; The First Walpurgis Night, Translated from the German of Goethe, and Illustrated with Notes. UK: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman
  • Dorado, Phil (2007). The 60 Second Leader: Everything you need to know about leadership, in 60 second bites. UK: Capstone Publishing Ltd
  • Jackson, Brad & Parry, Ken (2008). A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about studying leadership. UK: Sage