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Welcome to Leadership Sage.

Effective leaders do not leave their success to chance. Rather, they anchor their success in a sound knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. As a result, they actively seek advice and guidance on how to lead well.

In the modern ‘information age’ this seems easy. There are now over a million books and articles describing what effective leaders do but beware.

Beware of Misinformation

Much of the advice being peddled, despite its intuitive appeal, is not supported by research.

The internet is awash with management fads and unsubstantiated opinion, which busy leaders lap up without any scrutiny. As a result, many leaders implement popular and widely accepted ideas that are at best over-simplified, if not plain wrong.

If doctors practiced medicine the way many companies practice management, there would be far more dead patients, and many more doctors would be in jail.
Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert Sutton

At the other extreme, academic offerings are often abstract and hard to put into practice.

Leadership Sage is Here to Help

My name is Shaun Killian, and I created the Leadership Sage to fill this gap. I want to connect you to practical, evidence-based advice on leadership, starting with a clear and concise answer to the central question, ‘What Is Leadership?

Knowledge is power, and accurate knowledge can help you to succeed as a leader.

A Little Bit About Me

shaun killian mugshot author of learn 2 leadI am an Australian, a closet academic and a father of two. I also love writing and helping others.

For most of my career, I was a school principal. On the side, I also studied journalism, and have written for professional journals and our national newspaper.

During this time I completed 2 Master’s degrees. One in organizational leadership and the other in educational leadership, with a healthy dose of psychology mixed in. I used this knowledge as a management consultant. It was in this role that I once chaired the National Summit on Leadership & Its Development. I apply this insight to a lot of the advice I offer here.

Sadly, I stopped work after a massive heart attack left me with major heart damage. Since then I have received a heart transplant. This led to further complications and ultimately to both my legs being amputated.

It has certainly been a bumpy ride. Yet, it also gives me time to devote to my writing, while I undergo intensive physio (hopefully leading prosthetic legs).

I don’t pretend to know everything about leadership. In fact, the more I learn the more I realise that I don’t know. Nor was I ever a perfect leader – far from it. I had some successes and some failures. Time and reflection have helped me to learn from both. I started Leadership Sage to share what I know with you.

Let’s Get Started – Ways to Use the Leadership Sage

How should you use the Leadership Sage?

Some of my more popular content includes:

If you like what you read so far, you should subscribe to Leadership Sage so you can receive:

  • An outstanding eBook X Things That Can Derail Your Leadership Career
  • A detailed Change Management Plan template
  • Ongoing tips and ideas for enhancing your leadership

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Connect With Me

Email is wonderful, and when you subscribe to Leadership Sage I give you my personal email in return.

You can also connect with me through social media. Note my personal Facebook posts aren’t about leadership, but I have a Leadership Sage Facebook page that is worth a look. My Twitter Tweets include things about leadership and other topics, and LinkedIn is always great.

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