This week on The Hack Podacst Leon, Paul and Dean talk all about How to Develop Others Effectively! 

The Responsive Leader  

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In this week's podcast, Leon, Dean, and Paul discuss how the responsive leader understands the importance of people within the organisation and works to ensure their success. They delve into how this type of leader recognises that each person has unique needs and strengths and how to work to create an environment where everyone can thrive. 
Responsive leaders can create a positive culture within the organisation, they know how to build relationships and trust, and they work to create an environment where everyone can feel valued. This type of leader understands the importance of communication and collaboration, and they use these skills to bring people together to achieve success. 

Imposter Syndrome! 

The guys talk about how Imposter syndrome may affect you as a leader, especially if you are a first-time leader. Imposter syndrome plagues many people in leadership positions, and it's the feeling that you're not really supposed to be there and that sooner or later, someone will figure it out. 
They talk about how important it is to be confident in your abilities and trust yourself, even if you feel like a fraud. Leadership is hard. But being a responsive leader can help you overcome some of the role's challenges. 
Sometimes insecurities can come across as ignorance or a general lack of confidence. It can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, where you believe you're not good enough and so you don't try or give up too quickly. 
You may even become a Resistant leader, someone who doesn't know their worth. Resistant leaders do not recognise that they have influence and do not understand what it truly means to be a leader. Resistant leadership of self and team will create pride, arrogance, and insecurity, all of which undermine productivity, effective growth, and communication. 

The Judds Box 

To provide a judd box, you must first provide the recipient with resources to make judgments. That could be as simple as values or a mission they can remind themselves of when they feel insecure about a decision. The goal is to help them move beyond imposter syndrome and get them to think about the bigger picture and not just the immediate problem in front of them, and this, in turn, makes confident decision-making. 
Being a responsive leader means adapting to the situation and the people you lead. It's about being present and aware of what's going on, so you can make decisions that are in the best interest of everyone involved. 
Dean describes the 'Judds Box' and how 
"Some things are quite controlled by leaders. You can be called a leader in an organisation, but it doesn't necessarily give you the freedom to make choices, you get micromanaged, and any little decision you have to make, you have to maybe pass that up for it to be approved." 
“If in doubt, I need to ask myself if I'm doing what's right. Does this benefit the company and customer? Am I doing the right thing? That helps me make a decision.” 
Dean explains how you may make bad decisions from time to time, but the key is what you learn from it, and as a leader, you can learn so much through developing others in real life than you can ever learn from reading books and doing courses! 

Do What's Right 

When we say being responsive, periodically be honest, real, and raw, but always do the right thing. You need to be strong, secure, and confident. Be humble, but be prepared if someone challenges you on your decision. 
Leon defines what success looks like for him-  
"It's our mission: to help our customers protect and grow their revenues and ultimately succeed through technology. That's the goal, and we do that by providing outsourced IT and cybersecurity." 
If you're not confident in your abilities, gaining the respect of those you lead will be hard. And if you don't have the respect of those you're leading, getting them to buy into your vision and mission and follow your direction will be challenging. So, work on building your confidence and trust in your abilities. 
Leadership is about building relationships of trust. Be open about your goals and objectives. Be honest about your successes and failures. When you're transparent, people are more likely to trust you and feel they can rely on you. 


Meditation is a way of turning your attention inward, away from the external world, and focusing on a specific object, thought, or feeling. It has been shown to have various health benefits, including reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, improving sleep; and easing pain. It can also help improve focus, concentration, and self-awareness. 
There are many different types of meditation, but the basic principle is to focus your attention on something — whether it be your breath, a mantra, or a specific object — and to let go of all other thoughts. 
Leon talks about the BBC series 'Freeze the Fear' with Wim Hof and the tools and techniques that you can use; he's got a great quote where he says, “There is so much more to life than meets the eye if you choose to seek it. The seeker becomes the finder, the finder of so much more than we thought was possible.” he discusses the cold water shock therapy which can open the mind, help focus attention and mood. 
And this is what Leadership is; we have to understand the flight or fight response; by taking some time out and learning to meditate, you can learn to find that space between stimulus and response. We must understand what it is to truly be present at the moment to make better decisions and be more effective leaders. 
A team full of secure, confident, and humble people can leverage the best everyone has to offer while communicating and working efficiently to achieve the highest performance levels. That’s why learning to recognise and reinforce a responsive, growth-oriented mindset is key for ourselves and the people we lead. 
So as the boys check out of their mini-podcast, they decide their big challenge for the week ahead is to collectively look at themselves and find out where they've been resistant and turn that around so they can become very responsive! 
Check it out now! 
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