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Unlocking Excellence with the Discretionary Leadership Model

Leaders today are tasked with the challenging responsibility of guiding their teams towards success, while also navigating the complexities of the modern workplace. It’s a tough gig. 


But here is a tool I believe can help. The Discretionary Leadership Model is a great tool for re-evaluating what the work of a leader actually is, and offers a credible alternative to many worn-out and outdated organisational cultures and leadership models. 


Discretionary Leadership Model Infographic.   Infographic depicting the key principles of the Discretionary Leadership Model: Trust and Respect, Empowerment, Continuous Growth, and Inspiring Purpose.

For many people, this leadership model represents a shift in the way we view and practice leadership. It is not about commanding authority, but fostering a culture where all employees are motivated to contribute their best for the common goal. 


At its core, it is built on the belief that true leadership goes beyond just giving direction and working on a set task. It inspires individuals to give their effort to the activities that will move the dial and grow organisational capability, not just what will keep them and others busy.   


So, how does it work?  


The Discretionary Leadership model is based on a few key principles: 


1. Trust and Respect 


Leaders build trust by showing respect for their team members' abilities and opinions. They create an environment where individuals feel valued and heard. 


2. Empowerment 


Leaders empower their team members by providing them with the autonomy to make decisions and take ownership of their work. This autonomy instils a sense of responsibility and commitment. 


3. Continuous Growth 


This model encourages a growth mindset, where leaders and team members alike are committed to continuous learning and development. 


4. Inspiring Purpose 


Leaders communicate a compelling vision that resonates with the team's values and aspirations, aligning individual and organisational goals. 



The benefits of the Discretionary Leadership model are immense. It fosters a culture of innovation, where individuals feel encouraged to put forward their unique perspectives and ideas.  


Using a model like this, Leaders can quickly grasp where their highest leverage activities are. 


By nurturing an environment of trust, empowerment and growth, leaders are then able to unlock the full potential of their teams and propel their own projects and career forward by focussing energy on their highest value objectives.  




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