“All of us have the spark of leadership in us, whether it is in business, in government, or as a non-profit volunteer. The challenge is to understand ourselves well enough to discover where we can use our leadership gifts to serve others.” – Ann Fudge, Young and Rubicam Chairman and CEO.
Leadership and management skills are essential assets for organisations (business and non-profit) as well as for the society as a whole, especially in times of crisis and economic recession.
Many people believe that leaders belong to a very exclusive club and that you are either gifted or you are not. I strongly feel that we all have innate leadership qualities and that leadership is an attitude. Sooner or later in life each one of us will decide, or be called upon, to stand up for what we believe in. We can all rise to the challenge, if we want to (and feel ready) to grasp the opportunity.
In my opinion, leadership is an attitude, but leadership skills per se can be learnt. In fact, this is what happens in the corporate world all the time: when employees reach a certain point in their career, most of them are enrolled in some sort of leadership course. The problem is that, even if these people have acquired a theoretical knowledge of what constitutes a good set of leadership skills, they’re often not in the right frame of mind to lead.
I can help you:
- Get in the right frame of mind to lead
- Learn how spot leadership opportunities and grasp them
- Develop the core leadership skills set
Leadership is in fashion these days, but without good managers organisations would be going nowhere. I look at management not just on the purely practical level of getting this or that task completed on time, but on the grander scale of how the manager and his reports can work together to create real and transformative value for the organisation as a whole.
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On the whole, there are four types of teams:
- Teams that are not going anywhere. People don’t understand what they’re supposed to be doing, are feeling demotivated and bored.
- Happy teams that aren’t achieving anything. Everyone’s nice to each other and there’s a friendly atmosphere, but nothing’s getting done.
- High performing teams where there’s a lousy atmosphere. The overall team’s results here are outstanding, but everyone is feeling burnt out, stressed and frustrated.
- High performing teams that everyone wants to be part of. They know what they’re aiming for, everyone has a clear role and there’s camaraderie. People here are not only meeting expectations, they are exceeding them.
Personally, I know what kind of team I want to be in. What about you – where is your team now?
I can help you, and your team, answer the following questions:
- Where are we now as a team?
- How do we operate in terms of productivity and positivity?
- What are our strengths and our key challenges?
- Where do we want to be as a team?
- What are our goals in creating a stronger team to be able to implement change successfully and guide the organisation through this transition?
- What do we want to focus on improving?
- How do we get there?
- What needs to be put in place so that we can reach our objectives?
- What is our action plan and our timeline?
- Who will do what and what will be the milestones?
Contact me to discuss your leadership, management or team challenges. Let’s look at where you’re stuck today and how we could work together to get you unstuck.