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Highlight#1 from TCP Live#5 - How to Lead like a Diplomat?



The way to success is often paved with ‘getting your own way’, ‘driving a hard bargain’ or ‘beating off the opposition’.

But is that really the case?

While in the short term bargaining may well achieve the aims for one side, it is also a Win-Lose approach.

This means that while one side wins the other loses and this outcome may well damage future relationships between the parties.

It also increases the likelihood of relationships breaking down, of people walking out or refusing to deal with the ‘winners’ again, and the process ending in a bitter dispute.

On the other hand, mastering the art of diplomacy and negotiation can ensure a win-win situation for all parties and our TCP Growth partners have just the right advice for leaders.

Excerpts for last month’s TCP Live on “How to lead like a diplomat?”

Lashley Pulsipher, Global Leadership Consultant reiterated how the ancient tradition of diplomacy has many valuable lessons for business and advised leaders to focus on cultivating the following 5 skills -

  • Leadership skills

  • Negotiation skills

  • Cross-cultural skills.

  • Writing communication

  • Learning other languages

Peter Metcalfe, Partner at Oliver Wight advised viewers to mind their Q’s -

  • IQ

  • EQ

  • CI

  • HQ

Margot Ling, Founder at TCP Growth advised leaders to learn from the strengths of diplomats and focus on responding instead of reacting.

Which one are you going to implement first? Let us know in the comments below

#Insights #Diplomacy #Leadership #Success


About the Speakers

Lashley has more than a decade of experience leading regional teams and is an adept communications trainer specializing in executive presence, crisis management, and impactful presentation skills.


While Peter brings more than forty years of experience in Marketing, Sales, Finance, Supply Chain, and Strategic Planning to customers and utilizes his multi-cultural skills and passion for true business integration.

As a Global Mindset and Growth Mindset evangelist, Margot Ling is one of the Certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Facilitators in Greater China from a business background. In recent years, Margot has also been a performance & empowerment coach for tech start-up CEOs and global executives.


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