Author: Toby Newstead

Virtues at work

November 02, 2016 by

If you’ve had much to do with our approach to leadership development, you’ll know we employ a character based approach; we believe that being a good person is absolutely essential to being a good leader. Our change agent, Toby Newstead, is looking at this very topic via her PhD research. Her work demonstrates how virtues such as courage, justice, humanity, […]

Categories: Employee Engagement, happiness, Leadership, Management, Toby Newstead, Uncategorized

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Building on strengths

July 06, 2016 by

  The most important leadership quality is self-awareness. To be a good leader, you must be aware of your social and environmental surroundings. You must also be acutely aware of how you respond to and interact with your surroundings, and the impact of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. The strengths-based or ‘positive’ approach to leadership […]

Categories: Leadership, Self awareness, Uncategorized, Virtues

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Good leadership starts with self-leadership

April 06, 2016 by

Books on how to be a good leader fill the shelves of bookshops in every Australian airport, and there are more theories of leadership than I can count on two hands. And yet, there is no consensus on how to be a ‘good’ leader. Sitting as I am right now, perched between my role of […]

Categories: Executive Coaching, Leadership, Self awareness, Uncategorized, Virtues

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What stops you from listening?

January 08, 2015 by

It is widely accepted that listening is an essential leadership skill. It sounds simple, but being good listener takes effort and practice. Most of us would say we’re good listeners. Most of believe we’re good listeners. And sometimes we are. Sometimes it’s easy to hear what someone is saying, what someone means. But other times its […]

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Top (unexpected) tips for great managers

September 16, 2014 by

We recently compiled a Compendium for Great Managers; an annotated summary of the most current, empowering leadership and management research and advice. From our varied sources, a few key points emerged time and again. While management roles vary with industry, organisation size, structure, and culture, and of course with personal character, the tips below were […]

Categories: Leadership, Strategy & Leadership, Uncategorized


The first step to a better presentation

October 16, 2013 by

Answering these questions should be the first thing you do – every time you present. The answers to these 5 questions will put you on track to write and deliver a high-impact, on-target presentation. Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or anything to add. 1. Who are you talking to? You […]

Categories: Business coaching, Communication, Executive Coaching, Leadership, personal development, Toby Newstead, Uncategorized

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5 Virtues of a Great Leader

August 16, 2013 by

People in positions of power can sometimes cajole us into doing their bidding, but there is little chance we’ll do our best work for them.  We want to follow great leaders. It is when we find a great leader to follow, that we perform to our potential.  We usually gravitate to leaders who demonstrate quality of […]

Categories: Communication, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Personal accountability, Personal Development, Toby Newstead, Uncategorized

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The most important communication

July 10, 2013 by

The most important communication we engage in is also the most overlooked and undervalued – it is our self-talk. Every action we take, every decision we arrive at, every emotion we experience, is a result of our self-talk. We are constantly engaged in our internal chatter. We are continually sending ourselves messages that construct the way […]

Categories: Communication, Personal Development, Toby Newstead, Uncategorized, Wellbeing

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8 Communication Tips to Master Tough Conversations

June 03, 2013 by

When a business leader has the communication skills to navigate tough conversations and create positive outcomes, the organisation – and the people who compose it – benefit and are much more likely to realise positive change and business growth. Sara Redman’s recent blog post Ready for Positive Change? Stop avoiding tough conversations! was a brilliant […]

Categories: Communication, Leadership, Sara Redman, Toby Newstead, Uncategorized, Workplace Culture

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