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Boundaries for Leaders

Lessons for Leaders

Release Date: 05/29/2020

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In honour of International Women's Day, I’m here to give ideas of ways that you can support women in leadership roles.  There can be a number of reasons why there are less women than men in leadership roles.   Data from the House of Commons found that companies led by women outperform those led by men - but despite this, we're very far from achieving gender parity in the workplace I share information about  Break the Bias Unconscious biases, opinions, beliefs are formed early in our childhood.  We learn these from family, friends, people of authority that are social...

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Do you find it difficult to say no to people?  Perhaps it means you end up being busy, stressed, over-committed?  Often when we struggle to say no to people it can leave us feeling used, put up-on, juggling too many things.  Are you the one who ends up working late because you’ve said yes to others, yet you’re the one with more to do?   This episode is for you where I talk about   Say no and establish healthy boundaries How to handle the fear, stress, worry and guilt The surprising reason that saying no is good for you Key phrases that you can begin to use to get...

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This week I'm sharing tips and information about De-stigmatizing Mental Health.  I share key points on:   Why mental health is stigmatized How stigma brings shame and what that looks like How it will impact on your organisation Good news on the wider impact of investing in destigmatizing Key things that you can do and examples too   When we prevent people talking openly and transparently we also prevent those who need it from having support.    Stigma brings shame.  Listen in for information about how people respond then feel ashamed and what the impact will be...

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Great boundaries set the culture and expectation of an organisation so that they set the standard of performance within a workplace.  This is then easily disseminated down the workforce so that they too have good boundaries in their own work ethics and both personal and professional values.

I’ve just done a piece of training to a law firm on boundaries and work life balance.  Now boundaries are becoming a webinar and training topic that is really popular right now. As you listen to the episode, you’ll see what impact good boundaries make so that you can have a productive workforce with great values and still be looking after the mental health and wellbeing.

If you want to talk to me about boundaries in your organisation or for yourself, book a call.


Listen to why boundaries are my favourite subject and why I think they are so essential in business, organisation and life.

Boundaries enable us to clear and consistent. 

Boundaries are not about being rigid, strict, harsh or punitive.  Neither are they something flimsy or non-existent.  Boundaries will need to be firm, fair and clear. 

Boundaries create respect.


Good clear boundaries that you maintain and live by, provide the foundations to you and your business.


There are business, leadership boundaries and personal boundaries.

When leaders create boundaries that can drive a culture that sets standards and enhances performance.


Know Your Values

When clear on the values for the organisation.  Who will you work with, what the goals and purpose is, what behaviour is allowed, you build that culture for the organisation. 


Get Clear on the Essentials

These are both personally and professional essentials.  It might include who you work with, what work you do, where you work, how you work.

There will be essential personal aspects too so don’t forget to include these (such as work-life balance).


Communicate Clearly

The thinking and beliefs of the organisation need to be delivered by the leaders.  It also impacts how everyone works together.

When leaders know what they are 'for' and 'against' and can communicate clearly, you can stop any negative emotional climate in an organisation.  

You can clearly set what you will and will not tolerate and so enhance team working and performance.

When you set that with your workforce, you can tell people what is acceptable and what is not - do this in a really factual way for example "that is not acceptable, what I want to see is this"

This increases high performance and better communication and enhances the performance of everyone.


When leaders step up it sets out clear expectations and reduces anxiety and uncertainty so that the workforce is empowered to do their job but within the boundaries and structures.

Good leadership boundaries enhance workforce behaviour, stops workforce behaviour from being pulled down taking away from its values, mission, purpose, and results. 


Think about what boundaries you demonstrate as a leader. 

Where are your boundaries setting expectations for others around you.


And if you have any questions about today’s episode, I’ll be happy to go through anything that you need to hear.


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