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Leadership in 2015

What Makes a Successful Leader?

What makes a great leader is often debated with countless ‘Top 10s’ and ‘Leadership blogs’ yet the answer is far from straight forward.

“Debate is common about which leadership style is most effective. The answer of course… it all depends” Thomas Kohntopp

We have taken inspiration from events and leaders who have paved the way in terms of leadership in 2015, take a look.



Leaders inspire their team by doing the ordinary things well, whilst continually striving to achieve the extraordinary. Tim Peake is a stand out example of inspiring others during 2015 he became the first British astronaut to go to the international space station. Millions of people around the world watched in admiration as his soyuz rocket launched into space. Tim Peake dreamt of going to space and his courage, commitment and belief has seen him achieve his ultimate dream. Selected ahead of 8,412 other applicants, he spent 6 months in training, learnt Russian and relocated his family before embarking on his journey to space. His 6 month stint at the international Space is sure to inspire millions of people to pursue their own dreams and ambitions.

“If your actions inspire other to dream more, learn more, do more and become more you are a leader”. John Quincy Adams


Another highlight for the year was the Rugby World Cup, which saw the top international teams in the world compete for the ultimate prize in rugby. The competition was hosted on English soil, yet the New Zealand team made it their own with some outstanding team and individual displays to retain the World Cup, becoming the first team to do so. The team’s commitment and resilience was on show every time they took the field, personified by Richie McCraw, the NZ captain. At the age of 34 he captained the all blacks to victory, in doing so breaking the all-time rugby union record of 141 caps. He used his experience and commitment to steer his team past Australia and lift the trophy for the second time in his glittering career.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way” John C Maxwell



Innovation distinguishes between a leader and follower” Steve Jobs

Two innovators lives were portrayed in film during 2015, picking up multiple awards including Oscars. The Imitation Game depicted the life of Alan Turing famous for cracking the ‘unbreakable’ enigma code, as a result helping the allies to defeat the Nazis. He led a team of code breakers at Bletchley Park, working tirelessly under severe pressure. His belief, ambition and desire shone through to achieve what many described as the impossible. His leadership style and approach would not be described as text book, yet his desire to innovate inspired those around him to think beyond.

“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no- one can imagine” Alan Turing

Adapts to change

This was not the only film to cause a stir in Hollywood, Eddie Redmayne starred in the ‘Theory of Everything’ and took home best actor at the Academy Awards. Centred on Stephen Hawking the famous physicist and cosmologist, the film delves into his early Life.

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change” Stephen Hawking


Listens & Communicates

“Great Leaders are great listeners, who know their best asset is the people they work with” Richard Branson

Tim Cook became Fortunes number 1 leader in 2015; he not only adapted to change but carried on the mantle left behind by Steve Jobs. He continued to innovate, but most importantly believed in his team. He returned to Dukes Fuqua Business School and shared the 3 key principles he focuses on at Apple people, strategy and execution,

Takes responsibility

Chelsea FC lifted the premier league trophy in May, since then however they have suffered a fall from grace and now sit just above the relegation zone. The humiliating slide has bemused fans and experts alike, unable to understand how a team full of the world’s biggest superstars can fall so far. Jose Mourinho has subsequently been axed from his position as manager, after blaming the players for the current poor form.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Bolton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge in London April 28, 2007. NO ONLINE/INTERNET USE WITHOUT A LICENCE FROM THE FOOTBALL DATA CO LTD. FOR LICENCE ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE +44 (0) 207 864 9000. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty (BRITAIN)

“A good Leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit” Arnold H. Glasow

Rebien Sørensen winner of the best CEO award in 2015 is obsessive about the culture of an organisation, shared values and shared responsibility. He demonstrated this perfectly in his award speech.

“I should have said at the beginning that I don’t like this notion of the ‘best performing CEO in the world’ that’s an American perspective—you lionize individuals. I would say I’m leading a team that is collectively creating one of the world’s best performing companies”

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