Defined as showing leadership in the field of risk management, risk leadership is paramount to the success of successful organisations. When we think about risk management in the context of leadership we are referring to the individual and team based position of stepping forward and determining the key risks and determining the best business response.
Within this magazine we explore a number of areas surrounding leadership in risk management ranging from thinking about risk management with a "heads up" approach, understanding your customer, peer leadership, social media risks and rewards and a special feature on the Top Risks of 2011.
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What are the key attributes critical for leaders? What are the attributes of people that show leadership through leading others regardless of their role in the organisation? Leadership is not defined by hierarchy, grade or level of pay. It is defined by the response of those around you.
Leadership is something that is not generally associated with risk specifically however it is actually the most important skill for any senior leader, and risk management is but just a single arrow in a quiver of many arrows.
The internet is teeming with information on a wide range of topics around leadership. And it was during my reading of Zite - an iPad application that brings articles on key topics to you through learning what you want to read - that I started to let my mind think about what makes a great leader. In particular I thought about how critical it is being a leader of not just those that work for you, but those that work with you, that is your peers.
Leadership comes from within......there are so many examples of this we see in individuals, and for me a recent example is the leadership of Michael J Fox, who has shown that even with a terrible illness, he can show true leadership.
The main reason is that leadership for me is about providing the "space" for people to be the best they can be and as a leader, to provide the right support, guidance and advice for them. Leadership is not about being seen as "doing" everything, for me, the best leader's are those that actually stand back and allow the team to present their ideas and make them happen. However, leader's also need to know when it is the right time to make that decision that is required to ensure the team operates successfully.