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It is now up to all of us to play our part in shaping an exciting future in which, with thought and great leadership, everyone can be winners.
And so it begins, the draw has been made and now it is time for all the rhetoric to be backed up by action. Over the next couple of weeks headlines will be written and rewritten, reputations made and broken. There will be surprises and shocks and no doubt some early departures. Along the way we’ll see determination and courage in the face of adversity.
Brexit? No actually we were talking about Wimbledon but it is easy to draw parallels between sport and business, between the vision and courage required to conquer in your chosen field or in the international political arena. And the key to success is leadership: leadership of self, leadership of others; winning hearts and minds in pursuit of the optimum outcome.
Whilst the future is still under negotiation there is no doubt that leaders across the globe, in business and in government, are now facing a time of challenge, but also one of tremendous opportunity. With that in mind it is perhaps time to remind ourselves of the five practices identified as being characteristic of great leaders:
The umpire has told us to ‘play’, we’ve just had the initial exchange of shots in the first game. It is now up to all of us to play our part in demonstrating leadership and in shaping an exciting future. Unlike Wimbledon though, this is a future in which, with thought and great leadership, everyone can be winners.