Should You Choose to Accept It…

Leadership is in a state of crisis around the world. People, organisations and nations all complain that their leaders are inept, bumbling, corrupt, ineffective, self-seeking, unable to bring out the best in their people or combinations of all of those qualities and more. The reason that leadership is in a crisis is because

leadership always stands at the interface between existence and achievement. Leadership always makes a difference – whether positive or negative – to the outcome. Although the principles of good leadership may be straightforward, the execution is not. It requires forethought, insight, character, wisdom, persistence, good decision-making, great communication, the ability to work with all kinds of people, an understanding of history and contexts, an ability to analyse, an ability to act with and without information and much more.

For these reasons and more, leadership will always be in a state of crisis and the golden periods we may experience under individual leaders or groups of leaders in certain periods of our lives and histories are to be cherished for what they made possible.

In our own leadership, we need to realise that if we are doing it right, then we will face opposition – from individuals, ideologies and incidents – that will hamper us. But the job of a leader is not to whine about those. The job of a leader is to forge through those and help create something great.

The more we adopt this attitude in our leadership and our work, the better we’ll be and the more likely we will have those golden periods that everyone can cherish.

Quote for the Week:

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

– General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, Post-WWII, who helped create modern Japan

Sponsorships for True Grit: Thank you to those who sponsored my run, in support of The Ability Centre. If you are late to the party and would still like to donate, you can do so here at

Where You Can See Me Next: January 22, at the Rotary Club of Swan Valley, on “The 7 Deadly Sins of Leaders”

The Great Leaders Project: Spend a half day with me reviewing the fascinating stories and episodes of some of history’s greatest acknowledged secular leaders [*see following note] and take away lessons that you can apply that day. Date will be in 2018, depending on interest. If you would like to do this in a shorter online format instead, let me know. Register your interest by email to [*Religious leaders would involve too many ontological discussions, but if you ever want to do that, let me know and I’ll work it out – I have a minor in theology and worked in the faculty.]

The Business Success Workshop: Too many people fail to thrive in their business simply because they don’t know how to put everything together to execute. We’ll spend one supercharged day together in an entrepreneurial mindset, with owners, MDs and execs from diverse industries looking to dramatically drive forward their business idea. At the same time, we’ll consider the mechanisms you need to employ to ensure that you thrive personally and don’t lose balance in your life while you pursue your mission! Tentatively planned for February 2018. Register your interest by email to

Transformational Leadership Retreat 2018: I’m using all of my coaching, educational & development expertise, research, resources and personal executive leadership experience at ultra-challenging levels to design the ultimate transformational leadership retreat – everything that can be accomplished in two and a half days does that not involve ropes and a drill sergeant yelling at people! I’ll be bringing in the big guns for designing this one and sloughing off all the dross and dregs of buzzwords and buzz strategies, so-called development and research that merely obfuscate and “lose the name of action”. If you want to be involved, or have a request for something you’d really wish you could accomplish through a leadership retreat/workshop, then let me know while I’m in the design phase. Watch this space!

© 2017 Peter J. McLean

Peter McLean’s Monday Morning Mission – 27/11/2017

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