Leadership Coaching

Are Soft Skills Learned or Inborn?

  Soft Skills: Nature or Nurture? Are you born with them or are they learned? It’s the old chicken and the egg argument, which comes first? A quick review of the discussion in the research reveals the consensus that we are born with these skills, but like any other, they…

The Little Things That Build Credibility

The Little Things That Build Credibility Building on my recent video blog post about Trust and Credibility (https://johnkwhitehead.ca/getting-to-trust/), in this weeks edition I tell the story of an interaction I observed with one of my clients and one of his direct reports. Sometimes it is just the little things that…

Bringing the Right Attitude:

What does it mean to bring the right attitude to work? What is the impact, positive or negative? In this week’s video blog post I talk about an example that came up in a leadership workshop I was conducting this past week with a colleague.   _____________________________________________________________________________________ John Whitehead, coaches…

What is Your “WHY”

  Simon Sinek’s great video presentation has resonated for me for several years. Most people have watched, if you haven’t I would recommend you take some time to do so at: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action In this week’s video I explore the question that Simon brings forth for me and what it could…

Credibility + Vision = ????

Research has shown that people consistently select four characteristics to describe the leaders they would choose to follow. They are: Honesty. Inspiring. Competent and Forward-Looking (Kouzes & Posner, 2012). These four characteristics that followers expect of leaders add up to what communications experts freer to as source credibility (Berlo, Lemert…