People leave managers not companies. Strong leadership helps organizations to reach their goals. But how do you ensure you have the right leadership team to empower your employees and ultimately deliver results?
Leaders are responsible for guiding and shaping the direction that the company moves in, whilst also guiding the performance of their employees. We can support your leaders to understand themselves better and apply that knowledge as they drive company success. Profiling a leadership team can help them to understand how to get the best out of themselves and each other, as well as identify gaps and determine compatibility requirements when recruiting new team members.
Leadership vs management
20 years ago, the definitions of ‘manager’ and ‘leader’ were more concrete: the managers were the people telling you what to do and how to do it, whilst the leaders were the ones in the executive suites making all the decisions and determining the corporate strategy, whom you often didn’t come into contact with. The differences between leadership and management were much easier to spot.
As we move further towards a different era, one of individual empowerment, the line between management and leadership is increasingly blurred. Yet, the tasks that let us know where we are spending our time are clearer – there are marked differences between management activities and leadership activities.
You don’t need to have the title of leader to be seen as a great leader, but you do typically need the title of manager to be seen as one. The critical difference here lies in your people skills – leadership goes beyond the successful delivery of projects or achievement of strategic targets; it’s about engaging your people on the journey towards realizing a vision, whether that vision is yours or the company’s. So how do you develop leadership skills among your people?
Emotionally intelligent leaders
The difference between an acceptable leader and an exceptional leader often lies with emotional intelligence. Emotionally intelligent leaders are self-aware, excellent communicators and can adapt their behaviour to suit a variety of situations. They can effectively tackle stress, low morale, conflict and change. Exploring levels of emotional intelligence creates an environment of understanding that boosts self-awareness among your leaders and can be used for both recruiting and developing leaders.
A well-oiled machine
In order to successfully drive your business forward, your leadership team will need to work effectively together. The first step towards great team-work is two-fold: understanding themselves and understanding each other. Providing your leaders with insight into how they and their team members behave; communicate; their strengths and limitations and their motivators, gives them the tools to successfully work together.
Assessing the behaviours and levels of emotional intelligence in your leadership team also allows you to identify what you may be missing and fill those gaps through informed recruitment decisions.
How to develop leadership skills
So you’ve selected your leaders and you’ve identified what areas need developing, but how do you address these and cultivate exceptional leaders? We will help you unlock the leader within, tackling some vital elements of leadership, including recognising the difference between management and leadership, discovering your preferred leadership style and how and when to use it and reviewing your emotional intelligence against the requirements of a leader.