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Welcome to this weekly online resource. Executive coach and wellness professional Jo Foster, offers thought provoking insights on positive psychology, mindfulness and self care. As well as access to her weekly online yoga classes and nutritious recipe recommendations. 

This week we are beginning a series that will look at the psychology of leadership. It is a huge subject; Jo will shine a light on aspects of the psychology in order to fuel your own self enquiry. 

"Lead  - to go with or in front of a person (or an animal) to show the way or make them go in the right direction"

 

There is a Leadership Lion in all of us. You are a leader, regardless of whether your job title says so. Leadership plays out in all systems and groups, such as family, in the playground and classroom, within organisations (business, political, religious) and undoubtedly in society and our place in it as a whole.

 

I am privileged to have met many extraordinary leaders in the form of horse trainers, business leaders, military leaders, family members, women's right campaigners, teachers and more. Let me elaborate on why I perceive house trainers to be leaders. The most successful equestrians I know use all the qualities of leadership to teach, coerce, reward and motivate intelligent and strong animals to extraordinary affect. They create a union in order to succeed in their desired outcome. Underlying their skill as leaders in this regard, is a highly developed EQ (emotional intelligence). Leaderships is using and continually developing our EQ and then mastering how we apply this in different scenarios. So as you read this series on leadership, keep in mind that all the examples I use can be reapplied to your own systems, groups and ambitions. 

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to looking for sources of inspiration and knowledge around leadership, dating back to the works of Sun Tzu, Machiavelli and Plato to today's shining stars in the forms of John Kotter, Jim Collins, Brene Brown, Daniel Goleman and more. In the realm of leadership, the psychological considerations and applications are vast. To begin this series I am going to be focussing on the works of Daniel Goleman.
 

Rather than '"Parrot phrase" Coleman's works, I have this week, chosen to share with you a succinct and powerful overview that he published in the Harvard Business Review. Click here to read the article

To tempt your appetite, I love this eloquent table of EQ skills. Happy reading. 

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Baked Croque-Madame with Quails Eggs

By Michel Roux Jr, The French Revolution

This has turned into a bit of a family favourite in our house. It's no health kick that's for sure, but it is good!

That said, good things in moderation are good. There are a few things that I would say about the ingredients here to make it better. Go organic with the ingredients. In particular when it comes to Dairy and Flour / Bread. 

To make my case on Organic I need a whole other blog. But I personally believe that the interference with chemicals in the food chain has a longterm impact on health both from a perspective of cancer risk and inflammatory based diseases and allergies. If you are interested in learning more, the book 'Grass Fed Nation' is an interesting place to start. 

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