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  • It Starts at the Top!
    Posted by Claude Warner on Wednesday 11th November 2009 at 14:30:10
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  • Listening is not Understanding
    Posted by Claude Warner on Wednesday 17th February 2010 at 21:10:49
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  • 1 + 1 = 3
    Posted by Claude Warner on Wednesday 20th October 2010 at 14:49:28

 Successful Living


The King's Speech for Leaders

Posted by Claude Warner on Monday 8th August 2011 at 18:23:53

Many of you will have watched the brilliant Oscar winning movie The King’s Speech, where an unqualified and unconventional speech therapist works with King George the 6th to help him prepare for a crucial speech to the nation just as Britain was entering the 2nd World War.
Their relationship was unlike that of the normal doctor/patient relationship. Although Lionel Logue worked with the King as a speech therapist, he also became a friend and confidante to the King and they established an enduring relationship. In fact, in the story we discover that Lionel was King George’s first true friend.
The relevance to leadership is that a leader in business plays the role of a King, who is responsible for the effective running of the kingdom (business). Many leaders have the same challenge as the King, not having many friends/colleagues whom they can trust to be honest with them, and tell them the “truth”, so to speak.
This can so easily over time cause the leader’s thinking to become affected by the often inaccurate or manipulated information that does reach his ears. This can lead to inappropriate action that negatively affects the company, all because nobody wanted to tell the Emperor that he has no clothes on.  
Working with a coach can assist a leader to have a more objective and realistic perspective on what is happening around him. With the high trust environment of a coaching relationship, clients can become friends and confidantes whilst still respecting each other’s roles.
A King needs to imbue confidence in his people, but King’s and leaders are also human and have struggle areas, just like King George the 6th had. As a leader what might you be struggling with that you do not really want to share with your management team for fear of judgement, loss of stakeholder confidence or of control?
Perhaps you need a Lionel in your life.
Claude Warner is a PE based Executive, Leadership and EQ coach.
He works one-on-one with leaders to develop their emotional, relational, social and communication skills, equipping them to engage, inspire and empower people to their full potential. Claude’s coaching profile is available here and client testimonials here.
Claude is trained as an integral coach, is a member of COMENSA, the national professional body representing coaching and mentoring, and is Regional Head of COMENSA in the Eastern Cape.
He can be contacted on 083 227 5153 or Further details on

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