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O&G Leadership Training in Lagos

Delegates from Nigeria based oil companies, banks and insurance companies gathered for O&G leadership training in Lagos in June. The 3 Day MBA in Oil & Gas is a unique training course that has been delivered around the world for many years and had its first outing in Lagos in 2013. It was delivered by WBC’s Angus Warren with the assistance of local partner EMR. [Read more…]

Safety & Leadership

How often do leaders think about safety? For many corporate leaders, the primary focus is on business performance – the next quarter’s financial results and shareholder returns. For those firms with a longer-term outlook, there’ll be other considerations as they look at the sustainability of their business over decades, and of course all major firms now report on their impact on the planet and society. But above all these priorities sits the most important of all – safety.

In our latest white paper, produced in partnership with MANAGEMENT FORCE Group, a safety consulting firm, we look at the role of leaders in building a culture where safety is incorporated into everything they do.  [Read more…]

Culture Clash – Leadership Across Borders

Delegates on our MBA and Leadership programmes often ask us about the leadership challenges of running a business in multiple countries and regions.  How much should leaders adapt their style to the local culture – is it even necessary in a global company?

The short answer is yes: even the most global companies need to pay attention to the different cultures in their various markets. In some, individuals will expect to be consulted on all decisions and to have a high degree of autonomy. In others, staff acknowledge the authority of the leadership and will expect clear instructions on what they should do. Attitudes towards teamwork and collaboration may vary; local political and personal interests can play a part in motivating staff; economic factors and local business performance will also influence what sort of leadership style is appropriate. Our latest White Paper, “Culture Clash” covers these and other topics in more detail.  [Read more…]

Becoming a Leader – The Transition from Management to Leadership

Our course participants and newsletter subscribers regularly emphasise the issue of Leadership in the Energy industry. We asked Leadership expert Dr Yanos Michopoulos for his views on the transition from management to leadership and to discuss some of the attributes of great leaders.

Yanos will be delivering our Leadership programme in London in June. He has 25 years’ experience in Oil & Gas, Renewables, Shipping and related industries and is an acclaimed lecturer in Leadership with various business schools and institutions. Here are his thoughts on the Leadership question:

Defining the key characteristics of a great leader always makes for an interesting start of any Leadership programme. “Great leaders are born, not made”, some would argue, usually citing Winston Churchill or Nelson Mandela as examples. Others disagree: leadership involves a range of skills that people can learn, just as they learn how to assess Oil and Gas reserves or to structure a production offtake agreement. Naturally, there are some innate personality traits that might help (e.g. a high EQ score), but most leadership skills can be developed over the course of a career. [Read more…]

Leadership Styles – What’s Yours? The role of EQ

How do you move from functional management into leadership? Course delegates – particularly those on our 3 Day MBA programmes – often ask this question. The first step is to have a career plan (see our recent white paper). It also helps to understand the different styles of leadership and most importantly, to understand your own leadership style. In this blog, we attempt to summarise some of the more well-known aspects of leadership and make some suggestions as to how managers in oil & gas might apply them to their own career development. [Read more…]

Differences between Management and Leadership in Oil and Gas

From time to time the discussion in a course will turn towards the differences between management and leadership in oil and gas. This is an important question because many delegates will have aspirations in one direction or the other, and in oil and gas we often see an individual carrying out both roles at the same time. [Read more…]

Who should lead oil and gas companies?

Many folk coming on WBC education programmes have aspirations in leadership and management. But what does Leadership mean to people in an industry driven by science and technology?

At a recent lecture by Sir Mark Alport (The UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor) at Brunel University London the following question came up: [Read more…]

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