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High-Performance Leadership Posted on September 1, 2017 in Leadership Development

What exactly is Leadership? And can one person ‘teach’ another Leadership?

These two questions will fire much debate and conversation whenever posed in any audience of ‘Leaders’. Whatever your view is regarding those two questions; one thing is for sure, we can certainly learn from the leadership of others.


Derek Percival has been working with and advising leaders across a wide variety of different Industries, Cultures and Business Imperatives for over 25 years in a formal sense (much longer in an informal sense).

He has identified that there are consistencies in the approach of those who are considered effective leaders. In fact, our experience suggests that this consistency in approach even extends to those regarded as ineffective leaders. The difference comes down to, what it is they are doing and how they are going about it.

In the age of digitisation and automation (we are in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution), it is more important than ever that the connections we have with our people are providing the connectivity, direction, support, engagement and empathy that align with our desired performance.

They have identified 5 consistent Pillars of Leadership. It’s likely that you will identify with these 5 key pillars through your own experiences, joys and frustrations of leading people.

Some signposts and challenges typically determine whether a leader is succeeding in their pursuit? For instance: a leader's capacity to encourage a higher level of performance. It is suggested that often the biggest inhibitor of performance (team or individual), are the self-imposed limitations that are placed by that team or individual.

Think of an elite Australian Rules Footballer running at full pace. As they run, they can ascertain the trajectory, force and direction required to kick a ball onto the chest (0.5 – 0.6 metres wide) of a teammate up to 60 metres down the ground that is also in motion, and deliver the ball with a high degree of confidence and competence.

Place that same footballer in stationary position 30 metres directly in front of goal (the goal posts are 6.4 metres wide) and the confidence and competence most often diminishes.

In a Corporate setting we often hear the following:

no time
no resource
no supporting process
no availability
no budget
no interest
competing priorities

the list goes on...

Engage your leaders in pragmatic professional development that will provide confidence in approach and preparedness to do what needs to be done. You may not need to change a lot; the adjustments you do make will be invaluable!


Derek Percival incorporates into his programs some practical step-by-step ideas, along with realistic examples of how to overcome the obstacles that we inevitably face in life. As a facilitator, Derek has conducted life coaching, leadership, team cohesion and work/life balance programs throughout Australasia, South East Asia, and South America. Derek has designed and conducted specific programs for large multinational organisations including AMP, ANZ and BP.