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Jumpseat Leadership for Entrepreneurs with Peter Docker.

Jumpseat Leadership for entrepreneurs with Peter Docker. Peter shares his life experiences and an approach and method of leadership for small business owners.

Peter DockerPeter’s amazing journey and experiences, and his approach and method of leadership called “Jumpseat Leadership” which is the topic of his latest book.

Peter Docker is a speaker, teacher, and author. He teaches people how to navigate the challenge of leadership. His latest book, Leading From The Jumpseat: How to Create Extraordinary Opportunities by Handing Over Control, delivers the message that leadership is about lifting people up and giving them the space they need so that, when the time is right, they can take the lead.

Peter is also the co-author of “Find Your Why” and formerly a founding Igniter at Simon Sinek Inc. Peter draws on his 25-year career in the Royal Air Force, and over 14 years spent partnering with businesses around the world, to inspire others to Lead from the Jumpseat.

Peter lives in Oxford, England.

On this episode Peter Docker shares his approach and tips for effective leadership in small business:

  • Peter shares his experience in the Royal Air Force, and what he learned about leadership while serving. Why did you join the Royal Air Force, and when did you decide to do so?
  • Please also briefly share you experiences after leaving the Royal Air Force, and what let you to focusing on leadership.
  • When do you believe you became an effective leader?
  • Why did you write the book and who is it for?
  • Peter believes everyone is capable of accomplishing extraordinary things. What holds people back from accomplishing extraordinary things?
  • Please introduce what you mean by “Jumpseat Leadership”.
    “…way of interacting with people that will enhance performance in any given situation – during normal business, times of crisis, and life in general. Becoming a Jumpseat Leader takes practice and this book is a practical guide to handing over control.”
  • Please share an example, from a small business owner’s perspective, of what you mean by “handing over control.”
  • How is Jumpseat Leadership different from other styles of leadership?
  • Please share your thoughts on leading during times of uncertainty and how to identify the ‘non-negotiables’ that will help guide us through.
  • Please explain the difference between a position and a stand: The power that comes from holding a stand rather than a position, and how to turn it into a commitment that can inspire.
  • Please introduce the perspective of commitment and the role of fear, love and courage— and how these apply in business.
  • Humble confidence: What it is and how it enables us to lead better (and how crash-landing an aircraft with 140 people on board taught Peter what it meant).
  • “Jumpseat Leadership is not about increasing or retaining our own power. It’s about empowering others, lifting them up so as they can lead.”
  • What are some things to look for that validate my leadership effectiveness?
  • To improve my Jumpseat Leadership skills, where should I start?

Episode Host: Henry Lopez is a serial entrepreneur, small business coach, and the host of this episode of The How of Business podcast show – dedicated to helping you start, run and grow your small business.


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