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7 Questions on Leadership with Rui Coelho de Moura

Name: Rui Coelho de Moura

Title: Superintendent | Behavioural Coach | Transformational Change Consultant

Organisation: Public Security Police

Coach certificado MGSCC (2021) - Certification in the Stakeholder Centered Coaching™ Process – Marshall Goldsmith Oficial de Polícia - Superintendente

▪ Comandante do Comando Distrital de Coimbra da PSP (AGO2018-Presente)

▪ Chefe do Gabinete de Estudos e Planeamento da Direcção Nacional da PSP (JAN2010-AGO2018)

▪ Chefe da Divisão de Policiamento e Ordem Pública - Departamento de Operações – Direcção Nacional da PSP (JUL2008-JAN2010)

▪ 2º Comandante do Comando de Polícia de Coimbra (JAN2003-JUN2007)

▪ JUL1995 – JAN2003 – oficial da PSP com desempenho de várias funções operacionais, de formação e de planeamento operacional e organizacional Doutorado em Gestão, especialização em Recursos Humanos e Comportamento Organizacional: "An emotion-based model of criminal investigators’ competences in Polícia de Segurança Pública" - ISCTE-IUL (2018). Mestre em Administração e Gestão Pública: "A inteligência Emocional no Comando e Liderança das Esquadras da PSP" - Universidade de Aveiro (2011) Licenciado em Ciências Policiais – Instituto Superior de Ciências Policiais e Segurança Interna, antiga Escola Superior de Polícia (1990-1995)

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope Rui's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

The status quo of people as a blocker for innovation, agility, and humanization.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

By doing my career path and by investing in myself (courses, etc)

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

1 - quick look at the email, calendar/schedule and messages before leave home.

2 - commuting

3 - arriving at work and letting people know that I am present

4 - a short meditation (and daily rituals to start the work)

5 - working hours by 30 min slots until lunch (coffee break in the model with my team)

6 - lunch

7 - working hours by 30 min slots until leave (daily rituals to leave)

8 - commuting home

9 - off duty time (family, friends, exercise, shopping...)

10 - quick check at messages (no email) before bed.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Be respectful to everyone.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

"Primal Leadership", from Daniel Goleman. Along with respect, all competencies around Daniel Goleman's work about leadership and emotional intelligence.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Be humble and emphatic, and always actively listen to everyone.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

The story of someone who was near retirement and said to me that his problem would be having nothing to do after retirement.

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