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Josh Connell, learning to lead from the front…

It’s been a little over a week since the first boot camp. I’ve just about recovered from an intense (in a good way) 3 days of learning, listening and generally being inspired by the people around us!

The leadership course ran by Programmes for life was not just engaging from a work perspective but also from a personal perspective too. Listening and appreciating, two of the most important aspects of leadership, are qualities that can make a positive impact on any relationship.

Penny Ferguson put forward a vision of leadership that if I’m honest I’ve not come across before – “It’s not just about how good a leader you are, but how many leaders you develop.”

It really chimed with me and my experiences in sport, work and personal life to date. Leadership is about bringing out the best in people, so they are energised, pro-active and pulling in the same direction.

If a team shares a passion for what they do, whether it be Barcelona FC or the team I work in at Livity, it can make a huge difference to what can be achieved. On that note, I’ll leave you with a favourite quote from one of the greatest sporting leaders of all time, American Football coach Vince Lombardi

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilisation work.”


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