It’s often said that there’s no one way to deliver leadership development – and our clients are certainly prime examples of that diversity.
- We write ‘how-to’ guides for annual review and performance conversations – where clients want scripted solutions.
- We teach flexible ‘manager as coach’ skills where situations are more fluid and less predictable.
- We deliver ‘Level 7 PGCertificates in leadership’ where our clients want a mixture of skills and strategic thinking.
The one constant, however, is the need to equip leaders with the behaviours and skills to deal with what’s in front of them – today.
Without breaking the bank, losing half your staff to the latest management fad, or your top talent to competitors with deeper pockets.
The world is changing fast. I refuse to use the ‘B’ word. But I can guarantee it affects us all.
Better, more tangible leadership will steady the ship because it impacts on all aspects of your operations – individuals, teams, departments, the organisation as a whole – and its impact on the community and society around you.
And there’s a vital shift of attitudes that underpin successful leadership development programmes away from
- Blaming others to personal responsibility
- Waiting for someone else to rubber stamp solutions towards taking initiative
- Latest fads to evidence-based leadership behaviours, consistently applied.
Recently from some very busy managers told me how committed they are to applying their skills. Despite the challenges, everyone who reported applying the skills also reported benefits: ‘a really positive experience’; ‘it really motivated and inspired me’.
It’s great when managers feel that they have invested their time well. Such that, even when they feel time pressures, they apply their learning.
What most struck me was how managers noticed that they can become enablers. They simply support others to solve their own problems and feel better able to sort out their own issues themselves.
This sense of personal responsibility isn’t innate in everyone. The good news is that, like every other leadership behaviour, it can be learned and applied.
Another client reported that, in every department where our programmes have been introduced, productivity has improved; employee engagement has risen and employee costs (sickness, absenteeism, legal) have fallen.
So if your job is to improve the performance of your people and teams – whatever the challenge – start with leadership.
And if you want tangibly better leadership, get in touch.
You’ll find us at +44 (0) 345 077 2980 option 1, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.