Where leadership is strong, direction and strategy are clear and obstacles are confronted and generally overcome. Teams collaborate well, there’s a bias for well thought out action and ethical choices are made. Things get done and move forward fast, and people stay longer because they’re motivated and engaged.
Where leadership is weak, people grope around in the dark, unclear about what needs to be done and why. They repeatedly make mistakes, lack urgency and bicker amongst their team. Unethical behaviour becomes more prevalent and obstacles are avoided, or conveniently swept under the carpet. Things generally don’t get done well or on time, and valuable people leave.
While it’s self-evident that leadership is a powerful factor of success, its importance in today’s world of work is less appreciated. With command-and-control management unable to provide the agility and flexibility to thrive in today’s fast paced world, authentic leadership is a necessity. Rather than a single leader, a network of leaders positioned throughout an organisation is required. Leaders and leadership teams working together can and do run organisations better than any hierarchical, command-and-control structure.
There is a high demand for good leadership, which is a must-have capability for any individual or organisation wanting to get ahead in the world and achieve and earn more.
Leadership can be taught, learnt and developed. We’re sure of this because we utilise internationally acclaimed material and assessments, written by Kouzes and Posner, whose book has sold over 2 million copies and whose research and assessments have measured the development of millions of leaders around the world. Our all-new leadership development programs cast Kouzes and Posner’s enduring work on the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® in the context of today’s world.
When Kouzes and Posner first set out to discover what great leaders actually do when they’re at their personal best, they collected thousands of stories from ordinary people. Despite differences in culture, gender, age and other variables, these stories revealed similar patterns of behaviour. They discovered that when leaders are at their personal best, there are five core practices common to all; they Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable the Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart.
Leaders establish principles concerning the way people should be treated and how goals should be pursued. They create standards of excellence and set examples for others to follow. Leaders set interim goals, allowing people to achieve small wins along the way towards larger objectives.
Leaders passionately believe they can make a difference. They envision an ideal and unique image of what the organisation can become and enlist others in their dreams. They breathe life into their visions and allow people to see exciting possibilities for the future.
Leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo. They look for innovative ways to improve the organisation. In doing so, they experiment and take risks. And because leaders know that risk taking involves mistakes and failures, they accept the inevitable disappointments as learning opportunities.
Leaders foster collaboration and build spirited teams. They actively involve others. Leaders understand that mutual respect is what sustains extraordinary efforts; they strive to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity. They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful.
Accomplishing extraordinary things in organisation is hard. To keep hope and determination alive, leaders recognise contributions that individuals make. In every winning team, the members need to share in the rewards of their efforts, so leaders celebrate accomplishments. They make people feel like heroes.
Our program of leadership development – High Potential Leaders – enables us to very specifically relate The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® to the challenges and practical problems experienced by participants at their particular level of management. This approach enables easier transfer and use of learning back in the work environment. We achieve this by incorporating content, examples, practical exercises, and reference to support the following:
The Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI®) is the cornerstone of our Challenge to Lead programs. With over 3 million people having used the LPI® as a first step to reaching their personal leadership best, the LPI® is a rigorously proven assessment tool that provides clear indication that leadership is an ability that can be learned by anyone, not an inborn skill for the lucky few. No matter where you are in your leadership development journey, here you can discover more about how this 360-degree assessment can help you develop your leadership potential and inspire those around you to be the best they can be.
The Challenge to Lead facilitation team offers participants the option of receiving one-on-one individual coaching after their attendance to the program. For a relatively small additional investment, the benefits of receiving one-on-one coaching for a period of 6 months after attending the program are very significant and well worth your consideration.