Introduction to The Leadership Soapbox

Welcome to The Leadership Soapbox


Hi. My name’s Neil Poynter and welcome to The Leadership Soapbox.

What I’d like to do in this introductory video is firstly, I’d like to give you an idea of what’s this all about?

Why is it important?

Why perhaps am I doing this now?

Secondly, I’d like to tell you a little bit more about why I’m doing, why is this important to me and perhaps a little bit about me and what I think I bring to this.

Thirdly, I’d like to give you an idea about what you’re actually going to see and hear on here and how it might, well, pan out for us and what we might be able to get up to together.

So first of all, why is this important?

If I look around the news and the media right now, there is active discussion about the subject of leadership. It’s being talked about. We find ourselves in extraordinary times at the moment, and perhaps one of the major skillsets that is going to help us get through this, is good leadership.

And I don’t think this is just at the political level. Although that’s the one that’s perhaps dominating the news at the moment.

I think this is going to have impact down into our local communities. I think it’s also absolutely critical in the organizations that we find ourselves working in, whether they be commercial or charity, because we are all facing incredible difficulties at the moment.

So this is something that is going to impact all of us, from the smallest organizations to the biggest multinationals across into the international politics, in right down into our local communities.

So this is something that is potentially very critical to what we are involved with right now in our lives.

So why is this important to me?

Why am I doing this?

I have been passionate about leadership and its impact on people and organizations for 35 years. This started off for me as being an army officer in the British Army and the Royal Engineers, and also being an instructor at Sandhurst for two years.

And it’s something I have seen in my subsequent career. Working in the software industry, and then as a consultant in leadership and management development.

I have seen the importance and the impact of good leadership skills on everyday people and the success of the organizations that they’re involved in.

And I passionately believe that good leadership is at the absolute core of having successful organizations and communities. So this is something I really believe in.

Thirdly, what are you going to see in here on here?

Well, what I want to do is do a mixture of things from bringing topical subjects that I see in the news that are perhaps worthy of discussion and debate. And I do want some debate on here.

I want to do to use comments, I want to get people perhaps talking on here. And not just me. The whole idea of the Leadership Soapbox, it’s not me on the Soapbox, it’s leadership that’s on the Soapbox.

I’m also going to bring, where examples of good practice, perhaps some models and some questions, perhaps for all of us about being able to look at ourselves and examine and go,

“Well, what can I do to raise my game? What can I do to raise my team’s game now in these times that are absolutely critical for us?”

So that’s it.

That’s what the Leadership Soapbox is all about.

The first video, which is going to be a question that I think, and I’ve seen used by good leaders. And I think it’s really a great way of getting our mindset right. And that’s the first video that’s going to be out in the next couple of days. I look forward to interacting with you,

I really, really look forward to being in contact with people. And let’s engage on this. Thanks very much. I’ll hopefully speak with you soon.

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