'Understand your mindset and you'll understand your results' - Hugh Blane

What is leadership?

Leadership is about your beliefs, It's part of your make up as a human, it's connected to how you were brought up by your parents and the values that they installed in you. You just didn't realise it at the time, "It's that I can do anything mindset".  - There more to it than just this but you can get the idea.

I believe, Leadership and leaders have two different ways to move an organisation forward. You can lead through love or you can lead through fear. Both create different emotions in people.  All mammals, including humans, have two opposing hormonal responses to stimuli. Threatening stimuli cause an increase of stress hormones—adrenaline and cortisol. Soothing or reassuring stimuli cause an increase in oxytocin.

I believe that you have a third option. You need to find the correct balance when dealing with people, everyone is different so I believe you can lead through respect which is a 50 - 50 balance of love and fear.

Respect however is not given it is earned, by your peers, colleagues, teammates, family and friends. If you look at the greatest sports teams in history, it's about "CREATING THAT TEAM CHEMISTRY" There is zero chance they all got lucky. It's about everyone having respect, respect for the vision, respect for each other, respect for the coach, respect for the jersey, respect for the fans. RESPECT for the organisation they are playing for and representing.

Leadership is about individual performance to a team effort. (Together Everyone Achieves More). You can have all the individual talent, but if you don't have a team environment and leaders who lead teams and organisations will struggle, If you have a Positive Leadership Team Culture and i'm not just talking about one leader i'm talking about everyone being a leader you can achieve extraordinary things and people and organisations can thrive. - Andre Hickey 2020

The G.O.A.T

"Winning has a price. And leadership has a price. So I pulled people along when they didn't want to be pulled. I challenged people when they don't want to be challenged. And I earned that right because my teammates came after me. They didn't endure all the things that I endured. Once you join the team, you live at a certain standard that I play the game, and I wasn't gonna take anything less. Now, if that means I have to go out there and get in your ass a little bit, then I did that. You ask all my teammates, the one thing about Michael Jordan was, he never asked me to do something that he didn't f—ing do. When people see this, they're gonna say, 'Well, he wasn't really a nice guy. He may have been a tyrant.' Well, that's you, because you never won anything. I wanted to win, but I wanted them to win and be a part of that as well. I don't have to do this. I'm only doing it because it is who I am. That's how I played the game. That was my mentality. If you don't want to play that, don't play that way. Break." The Last Dance - Michael Jordan

Love        -         Respect        -        fear


Oxytocin, by countering cortisol, can ameliorate all of these conditions—as well as some others.  To gain its benefits, we must either produce it naturally in the brain (or have it injected with great precision into a tiny area of the brain using special equipment…not terribly practical).


As you can see from the chart above, nearly all the negative effects of continued stress on the body and mind are related to elevated levels of cortisol. These include: chronic anxiety and depression, emotional over-reaction, negativity, weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, and weakened immunity which in turn effects your mental wellness. 


'With leadership anything is possible and without it nothing is possible.' - Paul O'Neill