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The WarriorU podcast is a free audio show hosted by Bram Connolly. Linked to the website with the same name, he explores leadership, resilience and human optimisation.

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The WarriorU podcast is a free audio show hosted by Bram Connolly. Linked to the website with the same name, he explores leadership, resilience and human optimisation.

    Episode 15 - Three Rules of Leadership - Bram Connolly

    Episode 15 - Three Rules of Leadership - Bram Connolly

    This week on the WarriorU Podcast Bram shares his three rules for leadership in 2021. Things to STOP doing, START doing and KEEP doing. Actually there’s nine things in total, but let’s face it three sounds like it would be easier to absorb.  These things to stop doing, start doing and keep doing can be thought of as an easy blue print for much better leadership. It’s like a play book of excellence when it comes to being in charge.
     
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    Episode 14 - Leadership Analysis - Ronald Reagan

    Episode 14 - Leadership Analysis - Ronald Reagan

    This week on The WarriorU Podcast Bram and Trent take a look at the leadership of Ronald Reagan. The 40th President of the United States, Reagan served from 1981 to 1989 and became a highly influential voice of modern conservatism. There was lots of great things to take away from his presidency not least of which was his use of charisma and charm to win a huge fan base across the country. The other interesting aspect of his leadership style was his ability to concede a position in order to achieve his goals in the future. As Trent says, "sometimes you have to compromise to advance your goals." Reagan surely averted World War 3 and for this reason he will go down in history as one of the most important leaders ever.
     
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    Episode 13 - 2020 Leadership In Hindsight - Bram and Trent

    Episode 13 - 2020 Leadership In Hindsight - Bram and Trent

    This week on The WarriorU Podcast Bram and Trent look back over 2020 - the year that was and discuss their observations and insights after assisting a number of high profile clients develop their current and emerging leaders in the operating environment of a pandemic.
    They discuss key observations from the conduct of their Hindsight Leadership and Resilience courses. Business agility, both the client’s and Hindsight’s ability to “pivot” in order to function more effectively in the developing Covid-19 situation. The importance of outcome over output and the realisation that leaders needed to be more committed in order to lead their teams remotely. The also go into detail about getting the balance of communication right, as well as the importance of empathy and understanding what’s in your team’s “invisible backpack”. Bram and Trent finish by discussing their observations around the importance of leading through personal and organisational values.   
     
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    Episode 12 - Leadership Analysis - Jimmy Carter

    Episode 12 - Leadership Analysis - Jimmy Carter

    Bram Connolly and Trent Burnard continue their Leadership Analysis Series. During this series Bram and Trent forensically analyse leadership styles throughout history and attribute them with a score for different facets of leadership. By doing this, they hope to find knowledge, skills and attributes that modern leaders may, or may not want to emulate.


    This week on the WarriorU Podcast, they analyse American President Jimmy Carter. Born on the 1st October 1924 in Plains, Georgia, Jimmy began life as a peanut farmer before his progressive politics lead him to becoming the Governor of Georgia from 1971-1975 and President of the USA from 1977-1981. His Presidential vision for America was to foster world peace and promote human rights abroad whilst achieving economic, political and social harmony and equality domestically in the midst of economic and social disruption. 


    Leadership Analysis


    Inspiration and Motivation - Score: 3/10
    -        Carter used his image as a humble, honest, everyman to connect to the vast majority of Americans 
    -        He refused to ‘play ball’ with the more underhand tactics of Congress and was seen as a leader of principle and integrity 
    -        However he failed to inspire and motivate people to support his vision for America 
    -        Towards the end of his Presidency he was seen as increasingly out-of-touch and his gentle touch to politics was seen more as a weakness than source of strength 


    Providing Purpose and Direction – 3/10
    -        Sought to internationally foster peace and promote human rights whilst domestically repairing the economic and political divide 
    -        Was initially successful internationally with the Camp David Accords, Panama Treaties and SALT treaties, the Departments of Education and Energy and mending the political divide 
    -        However, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979 and Carter’s lacklustre response saw him perceived as weak and turned people against his soft touch vision 
    -        Domestically, Carter failed to revive the economy, inflation and interest rates along with fuel shortages and rationing and failed to mend the growing social and political divide 
    -        These failures turned people towards the more conservative and strong-willed Reagan and saw Americans abandon their support for Carters vision for America 


    Effectiveness of Leadership Style – 3/10
    -        Carter utilised leading by example, delegation and collaborative styles of leadership throughout his Presidency 
    -        His collaborative style initially saw success internationally, however allowed the Soviets and Iranians to take advantage of this to advance their interests
    -        Collaboration with Congress failed due to Carter refusing to ‘play ball’, and as such Congress blocked Carters progressive initiatives 
    -        Used delegation to make presidential power more of a force for guidance rather than command, however this saw him unable to cohesively and effectively lead America 
    -        His leading by example style did initially create a connection between him and the people, yet it also saw people perceive Carter as shifting blame onto the public and being too weak to lead decisively
    -        Overall he never consistently employed an effective leadership style to support his vision an...

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    Episode 11 - Leadership Analysis Series - Pahlavi - The Last Shah of Iran

    Episode 11 - Leadership Analysis Series - Pahlavi - The Last Shah of Iran

    This week on the WarriorU Podcast, Bram Connolly and Trent Burnard continue their Leadership Analysis Series. During this series Bram and Trent will be forensically analysing leadership styles throughout history and attributing them with a score for different facets of leadership. By doing this, they hope to find knowledge, skills and attributes that modern leaders may, or may not want to emulate.


    This week on the WarriorU Podcast, they dissect Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Due to his status as the last Shah, or King, of Iran, he is often known simply as, The Shah. He was born on the 26th of October 1919 in Tehran. His rule started in 1941 until his overthrow in the Iranian Revolution on the 11th of February 1979. Throughout his reign, aimed to achieve two broad goals – consolidate his personal power and Westernize Iran.


    Leadership Analysis
    Inspiration and Motivation - Score: 4/10
    - The Shah used his image of being a young, confident, wealthy and progressive to gain public support for his visions and bring political stability and reform to Iran.
    - Used vibrant celebrations of Iranian culture and history to inspire the people, while also being seen as a Westernised leader.
    - Had a personality of being timid, indecisive and hesitant was both a strength and a weakness.
    - Established the SAVAK, secret police, and had the Army be loyal to him personally in order to use coercion to force people to follow his vision.
    - Was able to nationalise the oil fields, creating a new economic flow of wealth into the country.


    Providing Purpose and Direction - Score: 5/10
    - The Shah aimed, throughout his reign, to achieve two broad aims – consolidate his personal power and Westernize Iran.
    - In 1946 he sent the army to defeat separatist leaders in Persian Azerbaijan, leading to public popularity of the Shah increasing.
    - An assassination attempt on the Shah in 1949 was blamed on the Communist Party of Iran (Tudeh) and the Shah used this an opportunity to ban the party, who he saw as a political threat to his power.


    Effectiveness of Leadership Style - Score: 4/10
    - The Shah was an authoritarian autocrat, and had a dictator’s approach to leadership.
    - Introduced social reform which gave women the rights to vote, decreased the role of Islam in Iranian culture and promoted Western culture and customs.
    - Although being in power for a long time, his dictatorship wasn’t enough to sustain his rule and he wasn’t comfortable with responsibility nor the accountability that comes with being dictator.


    Enduring Legacy - Score: 4/10
    - The downfall of the Shah and ushering in of the Islamic Republic saw all of the Shah’s reforms reversed and conservative Islamic social laws introduced – many of which still continue today.
    - The Shah’s legacy is highly contestable – some hold him and his leadership’s accomplishments in high regard and still follow these ideals now, however the Iranian state has effectively criminalised any adoration of the Shah and his ideas, and many also see him as a weak and ineffectual leader, and his lasting impact in Iran is heavily suppressed.


    How it ended for them - Score: 0/10
    - The Shah’s indecisive leadership and increasing unpopularity amongst all social classes of Iran saw him flee Iran in the face of a popular and increasingly violent revolution aimed at overthrowing him and all of his Western initiatives.
    - He died in 1980, from cancer, in Egypt.


    Overall Leadership Summary - Score: 18/ 50
    The Shah’s ability to pursue his goals of consolidating power, modernising and westernizing Iran was able to occur through the inspiration and motivation he was able to utilise through his centralization of power, coercion through SAVAK/Army, and pandering to social groups in order to pursue his vision for Iran, which was achieved successfully for much of his reign.
    However, his personal weakness an

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    Episode 10 - Leadership Analysis Series - Mustafa Kamal Ataturk

    Episode 10 - Leadership Analysis Series - Mustafa Kamal Ataturk

    This week on the WarriorU Podcast, Bram Connolly and Trent Burnard continue their Leadership Analysis Series. During this series Bram and Trent will be forensically analysing leadership styles throughout history and attributing them with a score for different facets of leadership. By doing this, they hope to find knowledge, skills and attributes that modern leaders may, or may not want to emulate.
     
    Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was born in 1881 to a Turkish family in Salonica in the Ottoman Empire, now Thessaloniki in Greece. His father was a military officer, and he sent Mustafa to. secular school and later on Mustafa joined the Salonica Military School in 1893. In 1899 he joined the Ottoman military academy, graduating in 1905.


    Ataturk died in 1938 at the age of 57 of liver failure. His life ended as Turkey’s founding president and its greatest leader of the 20th century.  His legacy will be remembered in how he crafted the political and social fabric of modern Turkey. Despite some political opposition to his leadership and his ideology, internationally and domestically he is regarded as a highly effective and visionary leader that demonstrated strong personal courage and deep empathy for his people and was able to successfully implement his vision for a modern Turkey – seeing him regarded as one of the 20th century’s most revered and effective leaders 




    Leadership Analysis:


    Inspiration and Motivation - Score: 10 / 10


    Providing Purpose and Direction - Score: 9 / 10


    Effectiveness of Leadership Style - Score: 10 / 10


    Enduring Legacy - Score: 8 / 10


    How it ended for them - Score: 10 / 10


    Overall Leadership Summary - Score: 47 / 50


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