Leadership capability patterns: Politics

Part of an ongoing series of articles on leadership capability patterns; this article looks at some leadership patterns that relate to politics and conflict. Let’s imagine a large organisation where you have the opportunity to introduce a significant new department or service. While your role may have some elements of delivery, you could expect that a large proportion of your time would … Continue reading Leadership capability patterns: Politics

Leadership capability patterns: Culture

Part of an ongoing series of articles on leadership capability patterns; this article looks at some leadership patterns that relate to culture and behaviour. In 2006, I joined Sky TV in the UK on their sky.com project. Sky already had over 8 million customers with satellite subscription, and had just acquired Easynet, bringing in another 1 million broadband accounts. … Continue reading Leadership capability patterns: Culture

Leadership capability patterns: Purpose

Part of an ongoing series of articles on leadership capability patterns; this article looks at some leadership patterns that relate to purpose. In 1999, with two others, I founded a web development consultancy, Base Innovate. I took the plunge to set things up, get things going, find customers, take on staff; with the plan that the others would join me as the … Continue reading Leadership capability patterns: Purpose

Leadership capability patterns: Process

Part of an ongoing series of articles on leadership capability patterns; this article looks at some leadership patterns that relate to process and tools. In 1994, I had just launched out into the scary world of contracting and took on a role with Royal Mail (the UK postal system). My role there lasted for six years, and … Continue reading Leadership capability patterns: Process

Leadership capability patterns: People

Part of an ongoing series of articles on leadership capability patterns; this article looks at some leadership patterns that relate to people. In 2007, I contracted at the Financial Services Authority in Canary Wharf, London, on a project to research and implement an enterprise document and records management system. At the same time as leading the … Continue reading Leadership capability patterns: People

Introducing leadership capability patterns

In April 2014, I was invited to speak at a conference about becoming an accidental leader, when you find yourself leading because it has to be done rather than by design or agreement. In preparing for the talk, I considered all the ways we can show leadership, and what that could look like. As the structure … Continue reading Introducing leadership capability patterns