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Your Five Key Areas of Leadership Focus™

What makes leadership easy?

Sometimes leading and managing people can seem quite overwhelming because of all the different things you need to do and problems you need to solve. At times even experienced leaders and manager can feel driven to distraction by all the details, decisions and dilemmas. Yet this needn’t be the case for you.

There are proven ways to rise above the confusion and complexity. Some leaders even succeed at making it all look easy.

In my many years of coaching, mentoring and working with some of the best and most dynamic leaders and managers - plus some who struggled daily - I have made a deliberate and detailed study of what works in leadership and why.

I was curious about what it was that made leadership easy and effortless for some, while others - frequently even with similar qualifications or experience - struggled constantly to overcome all the challenges.

I’ve distilled all my research and survey results, all the observations I’ve made of the many leaders I’ve worked with over the years and all the feedback from participants in the seminars and programs I’ve been running across the country and around the world since 1993, and found there are five key areas that all the best leaders constantly focus on.

That’s right - just five! With some of the most outstanding leaders managing thousands of people, hundreds of projects and a myriad of details, there are still just five key areas they focus their attention on to achieve exceptional results.

These five key areas of leadership focus offer you the power to simplify and prioritize your efforts as a leader. When you focus your actions and attention on just these five key areas you will discover how easy, effective and effortless leadership can be.

These five key areas of leadership focus are the foundation on which I have built our exciting new Leadership Coaching Club 10 Week Intensive. This is because, when you focus on them, they really do become your fast-track to easy, effective and effortless leadership success. You can begin to focus on these areas today. So what are they?

Your Five Key Areas of Leadership Focus™ are:

1. Gathering support
2. Setting direction
3. Getting your message across
4. Getting things done, and
5. Getting results.

When you focus your actions and attention on just these five areas, I know you will be amazed at how much easier and more effective leading and managing people can be. In fact you probably already devote some time to each of these areas.

But the key to their power lies in exactly HOW you focus on them and exactly what actions you take step by step as you lead and manage your people. That’s what we concentrate on in the Leadership Coaching Club 10 Week Intensive.

I really do hope you will join us in September to discover how easy, effective and effortless leadership can be. But whether or not you join us for the Leadership Coaching Club 10 Week Intensive, please focus your actions and attention on these five key areas and I know you will reap the rewards.

If you would like to print out a small poster to remind you of what your Five Key Areas of Leadership Focus should be, I have left one for you to download free here.

Please feel free to pass on a copy to everyone you know who would benefit.

More on your Five Key Areas of Leadership Focus in the Quick Tips below:


“I am not interested in the past. I am interested in the future, for that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life”

Charles Franklin Kettering (1876-1958)

When you invest in your own future you can avoid the failures and disappointments of the past. As a leader or manager the best investment you can make will be to join us in September for the Leadership Coaching Club 10 Week Intensive.

What results can you expect to see if you do join us in September?
When you work with us you can expect to see rapid, positive and sustainable changes in your capacity to mentor, manage and lead, even difficult team members.

You will quickly become aware of just how powerful the tools we teach you are. You will more easily influence, persuade and motivate not only those who report to you, but also those to whom you report. Your enhanced leadership skills will result in your team’s improved performance and productivity.

Your confidence grows as you see consistent results when you apply what you learn.

You not only become more effective at what you do, but your productivity grows when you focus on the fundamentals that make all the difference to your success as a leader.

Your new insight into how to handle the problems and challenges that come the way of every leader begins to pay dividends. You learn how to encourage your team members to embrace change, contribute willingly and participate more actively. Conflict is reduced and real results come with a lot less struggle and effort.

It’s not that all the problems and challenges which are a part of leading and managing people magically disappear. They don’t. But you now know the best way to tackle them.

Instead of feeling drained and exhausted at the end of your day’s work you are energized and satisfied knowing how much you have accomplished. Your enthusiasm is refreshed and everyone around you is revitalized and stimulated by your energy and motivation.

Leading people CAN be easy when you know how! Join a dynamic network of like-minded leaders, build your skills and learn how to maximize your results as a leader and manager easily and effectively through the Five Key Areas of Leadership Focus™.

You can move from ‘just managing’ to effortless and effective leadership and management in only 10 weeks with the Leadership Coaching Club’s new 10 Week Intensive.

But to be a leader you have to know how and you have to be decisive.

Be decisive. Register now for the Leadership Coaching Club 10 Week Intensive.


Quick Tips for focussing on your Five Key Areas of Leadership Focus:

  • One of your keys to effective focus is to make sure our actions align with our intentions. Each time you are about to undertake a task, ask yourself which of the five key areas it is critical to. If it isn’t critical for one of the five key areas it may be something you should set aside or delegate to one of your team.
  • You will find it difficult to focus effectively on these five key areas unless you have the core knowledge and skills that you require. Invest your time and effort in acquiring and honing your skills and understanding. Ensure you have identified and developed just the central ideas that deliver real value in each of these five areas for maximum results.
  • When you are learning new skills it is important to practice in a safe environment. Don’t set yourself up for failure by trying out a new skill in a critical situation. Work things through with a mentor, coach or a trusted colleague before you apply a new skill in a critical situation.

The Leading Well Bottom Line:

You don’t have to do it all on your own. Join us in September for the next Leadership Coaching Club 10 Week Intensive and leverage off all the wisdom, insight and experience of other participants plus your mentor Kerrie Mullins-Gunst.

Share your own tips with us:

What are you doing to focus on these five key areas? Please let us know by adding your comments on the Leadership Skill Center Blog.

And remember:

And remember, you don't have to do all this on your own. The best thing you can do is join my next Leadership Coaching Club. As a leadership specialist I've shown hundreds of leaders around the world how to develop all the skills they need to mentor, manage and lead. I can do the same for you, wherever you are located.

You will find details of the Leadership Coaching Club by clicking here.


Copyright © Kerrie Mullins-Gunst

Kerrie Mullins-Gunst is an expert in all the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours you need to mentor, manage and lead your people, and one of Australia's leading mentors, planning facilitators and female business speakers. For your free Top Leadership Tips Workbook and other resources or to listen to her podcast, visit http://leadershipskillcenter.com or call her on 61-3-9859 3924.

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