Jun 21, 2021
If it were up to Stuart Lancaster, he’d make emotional
intelligence, communication and leadership core subjects starting
early on in school. The nationally recognized rugby coach and
high-performance leadership expert shares his experience and
insights -- on and off the field -- in this episode of the
Building Better Cultures podcast.
Vision and purpose are the starting point for Stuart, whose
online master class distills years of learning gleaned from
navigating highly competitive environments. He has observed that
the most successful leaders take focused time to know themselves
and, with that self-awareness, are able to communicate
authentically. That vulnerability, says Stuart, is more than
anything else what compels and inspires people to give 110% to
whatever team effort.
But where do leaders come from? How are they made? Based on his
own observations as a coach, Stuart believes age and seniority in
no way guarantee the ability to empower and drive teams.
Organizations depend on clearly articulated goals and a culture of
safety in which everyone – from the novice to the veteran – feels
respected and heard.
Enjoy this lively exchange of ideas and candid look at what it
takes to build a healthy team environment in which everyone thrives
– whether on the rugby pitch, at the highest echelons of commerce
or in everyday life.
Learn more about Stuart’s six-module online master class, which
includes bonus material and resources, by clicking here.
To learn more about the Building Better Cultures podcast and
related services, visit www.buildingbettercultures.com
- About Stuart’s formative years on a farm and his eventual move
to boarding school and university studies that taught him early
- Rugby started as an athletic pursuit for Stuart but, following
an injury, wound up putting him on the path to coaching and
ultimately becoming a sought-after expert on leadership strategies
for high-performance cultures.
- How Stuart defines and measures for environments that are
healthy, diverse and inclusive.
- The role of psychological safety in workplace cultures and the
purpose it serves as far as empowering and inspiring teams.
- Genuine diversity of opinion and fresh ideas can’t happen
without everyone – from top leadership on down – feeling confident
that their voice will be respected and heard.
- Investing in young people and growing leadership from within is
a core value for Stuart that he believes translates across all
kinds of organizations.
- Big personalities will by default become dominant leaders –
when in fact the loudest voices don’t necessarily make the best
- Seniority doesn’t always equate with visionary leadership. To
- Purpose-driven training and vision are key elements in the
development of leaders in any team culture.
- Before identifying a leader it’s critically important to have a
process and understand the nature of the role as well as a
candidate’s skill set.
- Why authenticity is so important to cultivating a successful
- Growth mentality requires curiosity, hunger to learn more and
the ability to receive constructive criticism as a gift.
- High-performance cultures start early, cultivating the basics
that Stuart believes are essential (and the sooner the better):
emotional intelligence, communication and leadership skills.
- Vision: Where we’re going. Purpose: Why we’re doing it. Stuart
shares thoughts on how to use internal communications to inspire
organizations and create aspirational energy.
- Parting Thought: Inspiring leadership is more important than
ever and requires time to get quiet, reflect on values and dig deep
for the vulnerability that will resonate with and motivate