Skip to main content

Having just wrapped up “Diary of a CEO” by Steven Bartlett, I’ve got to say, I was a bit skeptical at first since I am not a CEO, but just manage a small team. But I was very impressed, it’s not just for CEO’s. It’s packed with nuggets of wisdom that hit home for someone like me managing a small team and trying to run a business. Bartlett’s openness about his journey, the highs, the lows, it’s all there, and it’s so relatable.

One thing that really struck me was Bartlett’s emphasis on vulnerability, being real with your team, showing them you’re human too. Sometimes we think we need to put on this tough exterior as leaders, but Bartlett flips that script, and it just makes sense. And speaking of that, personal growth? Huge. I mean, we’re all a work in progress, right? But actively working on yourself as a leader, it’s like unlocking a whole new level of potential for both you and your team.

Then there’s this idea of ownership. Giving your team members the reins and letting them run with it. It’s empowering, not just for them but for you as a leader too. And let’s not forget about mental health, it’s a topic that’s gaining more attention lately, and for good reason. Bartlett doesn’t shy away from it, and neither should we. Taking care of our team’s mental well-being isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s crucial for their performance and our team’s overall success.

And resilience? Things are constantly changing, especially in small teams where we’re wearing multiple hats. Bartlett’s stories of bouncing back from setbacks, they’re like a shot of inspiration straight to the arm.

Here are five key takeaways from Bartlett’s book that can benefit small team managers like yourself:

  1. Embrace Vulnerability and Authenticity: Transparency and honesty can foster trust and open communication channels within your team.
  2. Focus on Personal Growth: Prioritize continuous self-improvement to enhance both your leadership skills and your team’s performance.
  3. Create a Culture of Ownership: Empower your team members to take ownership of their work, fostering accountability and motivation.
  4. Prioritize Mental Health and Well-being: Recognize the importance of supporting your team members’ mental health, which can lead to increased resilience and productivity.
  5. Adaptability and Resilience: Learn from setbacks and remain adaptable in the face of challenges to ensure long-term success for your team.

If you’re seeking a dynamic keynote speaker to inspire your team and implement these strategies, booking Steven Bartlett is a decision I enthusiastically endorse. For more information on Steven see his full bio here: –  Reach out today to elevate your team’s motivation and productivity.

Leave a Reply