" If we do not change direction, we are liable to end up where we are headed. "
Most people, at some points in their lives, are leaders. They assume leadership in family situations (children need leading!), on the sports field, and in many other situations, including work. Leadership is not just about the qualities of an elite few, although the leadership skills of chief executives and their teams are of fundamental importance. In the context of work, what is leadership, how does it differ from management, and are leaders born or can they be developed? We seek to provide some answers to these questions.
Leadership is currently much discussed; academic studies have multiplied like amoeba since the 1970s. Entering ‘leadership’ into Google provided around 503,000,000 entries worldwide, and around 16,500,000 for the UK alone. A similar search on Amazon UK gave 18,741 books on the topic.
To attempt a partial definition, leadership is very much about the ability to influence people by personal attributes and behaviours.
Before people can become successful leaders, they do need certain attributes:
Coaching in the corporate setting uses the synergy of the organisation and its employees to enable them to enhance their capacity for learning. It is about peak performance in the workplace.
Coaching enables a business to motivate its employees to focus on increasing sales, improving performance, enhance motivation levels and generally provide greater satisfaction and confidence at work.
Self-knowledge, to understand their own strengths and weaknesses, which in turn will enable them to turn to others in their group to compensate for their own biases or deficiencies.
All these attributes will help to develop trust, without which leaders will not command loyalty. The last four, ‘softer’, non-technical attributes might be summed up as ‘emotional intelligence’.
Leadership is now a fundamental part of management. People who are not nominally managers may also function as leaders, influencing others (even if in an informal manner) by their personalities and behaviours.
Let us help you and your team become better leaders through coaching (1 to 1 or teams) or through our range of workshop programmes and team building events.
If you are a leader then executive coaching could be for you. It is a structured, results-driven process, which guides you through your business problems and challenges and assists you to transfer your learning into results for your organisation. The Executive Coaching process increases your skills as a leader and effectiveness in:-
Executive Coaching is used by businesses who want to shift the organisation from compliance to commitment, so that they can achieve competitive advantage.