About Dorrian Aiken

What I do: As a leadership development coach, I make connections for non-academics of a world of discoveries and experiences that help to change lives and relationships for the better. In the world of work, and especially for those in leadership, practical focussed steps help leaders see complexity in their own context – how the pieces of ‘me’, ‘we’ and ‘world’ fit together. The interlocking patterns are obscured to us for a number of reasons, not least because we bump up against a multiplicity of world views, each with its own set of beliefs, governing thoughts and actions – and all of which are present amongst us right now.

Why your technical expertise doesn’t guarantee you’ll be a good leader

In most organisations, the natural progression for the star in the team is the promotion to team lead or manager. And while that might be a step up, most individuals feel ill prepared for the new responsibility of leading. Old school management styles are no longer relevant in modern places of business - managing a team is not the same [...]

How emotional intelligence will set you apart as a leader

For too long, organisations have viewed emotional intelligence (EI) as a soft skill, or a nice-to-have in the candidate who is being promoted into a leadership position. But there is a reason why some people are more influential than others. Once you acquire the education and training required for a particular career path, it’s not your IQ that will set [...]

7 Ways to overcome your resistance to change as a leader

When it comes to change, the first step a leader needs to take is increased self-awareness. When you give someone quality attention, regardless of possible conflicting viewpoints, you give value to that person or group and their thinking improves exponentially. When people feel respected and heard they are less likely to have a resistance to change and are more open [...]

5 Reasons to Invest in Vertical Leadership Development

Like climbing a ladder to get a bigger perspective, vertical leadership development expands your mindset and worldview, so you can handle greater complexity. This increases innovation, creativity and your ability to lead into the future.   If a leader is to flourish instead of fold in these fast-changing, complex times while managing diversity in teams in the globalised work environment [...]