All organisations’ realise the importance of leadership in helping their business to achieve the goals it has set. The correct leadership culture needs to be created and demonstrated from the most senior levels of the organisation down. We look to establish what your business would like this to look like and how it currently looks before designing a programme that applies to your needs.
Leadership in the current environment, right now are your leaders ready for the challenges that face them in short to medium term?
Are you prepared to manage the uncertainty of the situation and communicate effectively in uncertain times?
There are no doubts some challenging decisions have to be made by all successful businesses. How are they made and communicated? Will impact not only on the financial costs but also the morale and well-being of the people who are going to take your business forward.
‘Creativity, Inc.’ by Ed Catmull former head of Pixar and Disney Animation, asked the question ‘does your handle have a suitcase?’.
Discussions about Vision, Mission and Value. Statements made about the importance of how people behave within a business, only to find that in a lot of cases this is only adhered to when it suits the individual (the more senior the person, the more this is the case).
So does your handle have a suitcase?
So you have the typical corporate statements about people’s behaviours and performance, The Handle, does it feel light when you pick it up and use it? If it has no weight, then the chances are there is nothing behind it, nothing that makes it bite or push people towards achieving its lofty goal.
I am currently checking all my handles for suitcases and some I have picked up without making sure the suitcase was still attached.
Followership challenges the current paradigms and around how businesses run today.
The ability to demonstrate genuine followership will bring real business benefits when it comes to implementing actual change, creating innovation, hitting targets and achieving deadlines.
In many businesses, today, leadership is the right of managers, an assumption that because in the organisational structure, I am more senior to you, I am therefore your leader. The truth, however, is very different, the individuals’ position within the organisational structure gives them the authority to manage the people who work below them in this structure it does not, however, provide them with the ability or power to lead those people. Only the people following can give an individual that authority.
Leadership is not imposed (management can) it has to be a choice made by members of the team, potential leaders, therefore, have to become more aware followership, what is it that is going to make someone decide to follow me?
There is, of course, no one simple answer to the question ‘so how do I successfully apply for the role of leader of this team now that I am a manager?’ But a good starting point is this question.
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The following are areas in which we currently have learning and development specialists working -