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Audacious Leadership – Leading with Care

Posted on 7th March, 2018 - Comments

Categories: Leadership


Being a leader also means carrying the responsibility to direct your followers to success. To relate, engage, and maintain good rapport with them requires a leader with audacity and the right amount of care.

Leading with care is being mindful of people’s needs. The ability to give encouragement and enhance confidence can create a positive working environment and state of mind. When one feels disregarded, it opens a door for negativity and spreads out like a virus. If you know how to lead with care, you develop a certain level of trustworthiness from your team or organization to speak out their mind, while making them feel valuable.

When leading, it is important to consider how influential one is. Being an effective role model to others outlines significance in building a contagious culture. Great leaders keep in mind that caring is not procedural; rather it is essential to be caring in order to discern effective techniques to reach your goals, and encourage others to be the best they can be.

Audacious leaders know how to commend. If one lead’s with care, it means they are responsive to others’ victories no matter how minute they are. While not all circumstances are triumphant, an audacious leader also should be sensitive—to be able to show humility, gratitude, and concern to those who need them straightaway. It opens opportunities to learn strengths and weaknesses. Establishing leadership with audacity and care will allow one to discover chances to be an impact to everyone around them.

You don’t always have to be in charge. You just need to know how to care for those in your charge. Learn more about Audacious Leadership and how to incorporate it into your business life from an energetic motivational speaker, corporate trainer, and executive coach Ricky Nowak. She will customize a presentation on this topic at your conferences and other events.

Audacious Leadership - Leading with Courage

Posted on 21st February, 2018 - Comments

Categories: Leadership



In these times of constant pressure and uncertainty, a confident form of leadership is vital to cultivate audacity in order to be effective. Like many, one can be easily tempted to give up or give in when situations get rough or frustrating. Times like these call for an audacious and confident leader to step in.

Courage develops authenticity as an effective leader. Showing stability in making distressing decisions create an atmosphere for everyone to be more comfortable and focused in finishing goals. It also allows one to practice authority to lead without others doubting their steps. Leaders who make others feel comfortable with audacity leads to an efficient and competent working environment.

Communication is also a major key to lead with courage. When a person is brave enough to respond to unpleasant situations such as making decisions they may not be very confident with, it is actually the perfect time where leadership skills can be honed. Leading with courage allows one to promote conviction, good practices, and dependable traits for a team or organisation to follow when they encounter the same situations. Using audacity to lead can lure them away from giving up and moving on without dealing challenges head-on.

An audacious leader also knows how to say “No.” Be courageous enough to reject ideologies that you know are not applicable to situations. This manner develops the “risk-taker” in a person while being keen on dealing with rough situations properly. Your authority, when partnered with courage necessitates respect from everyone. It releases energy to others, making them bold enough to speak their mind with respect to their influence.

While it is very important to portray audacity in becoming a successful leader, it also builds up personal character and refines one’s ability to control situations that need a leader the most.

Learn more about Audacious Leadership and how to incorporate it into your business life from an energetic motivational speaker, corporate trainer, and executive coach Ricky Nowak. She will customise a presentation on this topic at your conferences and other events.


Audacious Leaderhip - Leading with Conviction

Posted on 15th February, 2018 - Comments

Categories: Leadership

Leaders with conviction are incredibly valuable in our society, but why is it that they seem to be dwindling in number? Unfortunately, our brains are wired to be afraid of uncertainty and as uncertainty increases, we become anxious, we panic, and we falter in our beliefs. This part of our instinct for self-preservation is something that business leaders must overcome, because we live in a world where many important decisions have to be made on the spot, and with minimal information.

In business, things change and happen so quickly that there is always a great deal of uncertainty about what’s going to happen in the coming months, let alone the next year. This uncertainty takes up a lot of mental energy and makes people less effective at their jobs, so lead with conviction and create an environment of certainty and sense of security.

When a leader shows absolute faith that he or she has chosen the best course of action, others will unconsciously mirror this belief and state of emotion because it puts their minds at ease. They believe that they can relax, so they concentrate on what needs to be done, and they feel more secure—which makes them happier and more productive.

Leaders with conviction emanate positivity and confidence. They are not afraid to stand up for their beliefs and they do not back away when things get tough. However, do not mistake arrogance for confidence. Remember that you are not better than anyone else regardless of your position of authority.

It's no secret that people admire and follow strength. Sadly, many leaders mistake being domineering, controlling, and other harsh behavior for strength. But those that demonstrate again and again that they  can back their team up and can make tough choices will gain more respect and trust. Yes, it is hard to acknowledge that there are things beyond one’s control but then again who ever said leadership is easy?

As a leader, conviction is a trait that assures a team that their work matters and it creates a self-fulfilling prophecy of success and improves  not just an  approach to solving issues but to learning how to evolve, adapt and make braver choices.

Learn more about Audacious Leadership and how to incorporate it into your business life from an energetic motivational speaker, corporate trainer, and executive coach Ricky Nowak. She will customize a presentation on this topic at your conferences and other events.

What is Audacious Leadership?

Posted on 1st February, 2018 - Comments

Categories: Leadership










What's better than being a good leader? The answer: being an Audacious Leader.

The difference is that while good leaders work alongside their people and let them know why they and the work that they do are valuable, Audacious Leaders imbue a mindset that allows a shift in existing patterns of behaviour, and breathes life into more productive habits with greater energy and heart. Audacious Leaders are profoundly transparent, truthful, and unafraid to say that they are wrong or that they don't know the answer.

In this day and age, technological advances are moving at a fast pace and the business industry is demanding more than ever for companies to improve time management, deliver quality output efficiently, and establish better goals. This means that leaders, need to seize any chance to develop themselves and their team.

Australian companies spend millions of dollars and hours every year in this pursuit. However, there is still a discrepancy on best practices and techniques, which may be partly due to a resistance from those unwilling to address growth opportunities for themselves and those that don’t know how.

Because many people look for quick fixes to leadership issues and are unwilling to step outside traditional styles of leading, they are greatly influenced by what works for others, thinking that following exactly the steps of those who achieved success will work for them as well. However, leadership is not so cut and dried; it is not one-dimensional. Leadership evolves, responds, and adapts; therefore, so must we all.

The intent of leading is not fanciful, but purposeful; so Audacious Leaders are open to getting the best results through honest collaboration and compromise. To do this, they exercise humility to allow communal success and network growth.

Audacious Leaders can work through criticism, complacency, and internal or external influences — and come out wiser and more compassionate. This is demonstrated through negotiation, communication, and other skills in different contexts. By being hhis kind of leader who goes the extra mile not only are the rewards but so is the journey.

Having conviction and the courage to take a stand, while demonstrating compassion along the way — that is Audacious Leadership. Of course, there are those who may be happy with settling as a good leader and that’s ultimately up to them, but they may miss the fact that being audacious is what makes good leaders great.

Learn more about Audacious Leadership and how to incorporate it into your business life from an energetic motivational speaker, corporate trainer, and executive coach Ricky Nowak. She will customise this presentation for your next conference, team development session or other event.

Small Business: Tips for starting a business in 2018

Posted on 23rd January, 2018 - Comments

Categories: Leadership, Conferences

Are you thinking of starting your own business in 2018? Maybe you are finally opening the dream cafe you’ve always wanted to run? Or perhaps you are a tradie starting out on your own? Ricky Nowak Leadership expert spoke to Trevor Long - Talking Lifestyle about tips for starting a business in 2018.

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Motivating you mind, inspiring your spirit

Posted on 22nd January, 2018 - Comments

Categories: Leadership




















This insightful gift of knowledge is a great start to the year and i know you will find some articles that resonate with you. I am delighted to have contributed to this eBook and you will find my article on page 105

This is the 2018 version of the SRI Motivating your Mind – Inspiring your Spirit eBook it has been compiled from the generosity of over 85 Australian, New Zealand, European, South African, Canadian, American, Asian and United Arab Emirates based authors, industry experts and business owners. The eBook was created for clients, customers and combined global readers to enjoy. Trusting that the stories, tips, insights and case studies can be of benefit to your success in business or enhance your personal education. Please feel free to share and comment what sticks most with you.

How to build a business in 2018 like you live in the Silicon Valley

Posted on 13th December, 2017 - Comments

Categories: Leadership

If you’re planning on biting the bullet in 2018 and starting or accelerating your own business, there’s a few rules to stick by to accelerate your venture like a tech giant in the Silicon Valley.


The Centre for Creative Leadership 2017 says you should be doing these 7 key things to survive and thrive in the new world of work.


  1. Grow people fast and forward.
  2. Build ecosystems to support each other not the individual.
  3. Use analytics on what has worked in the past and what hasn’t. Use data before you decide on what’s next.
  4. Design work for people who are time poor – small ‘snackable’ bites of work to do in collaborative pods increasing results and input from others.
  5. Take a deep dive in some areas to become expert at – leave others alone.
  6. Protect your people before they become someone else’s.
  7. Provide great experiences before great explanations.

So, are you ready to take the plunge and grow your business now?

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place

Posted on 11th December, 2017 - Comments

Categories: Communication


"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

George Bernard Shaw

Although it’s been said that GB Shaw ever really said that quote there’s no doubt that there is real truth in it!

What we do know however, is that the true measure of communication is the response we get and that influences the next series of responses. But here’s the twist… just because we respond does not mean we communicate – especially if a difficult emotion is involved.

It’s not the illusion of communication that is the problem – it’s the lack of awareness of what just happened.

Learning how to relate and communicate so we truly listen empathically and responsively will no one will be under any illusion of what communication really is and what it means. Who ever said communication is a soft skill, anyway? It’s perhaps the hardest skill of all.


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