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What good Leadership means to us

What Good leadership Means to Us

I’m sure you are aware of the struggles businesses are facing in the current social and economic environment. For many teams, morale is low, communication is poor, and siloed working is common. Leaders are feeling the pressure to have all the answers/solutions to these problems; but in reality, there are steps workers can take at all levels within an organisation.

Let’s face it – Leadership is a pain point for the majority of businesses across the country. Leaders are the people we look to for direction, adapt to the unprecedented, and have the power to challenge the status quo.

As we move through 2021, for many businesses, the main focus is survival, as the vaccination programme begins to be rolled out, but many forget that their people are a key factor in achieving this. Think about it – if your team is unmotivated, unaligned and struggling to meet targets, even the basic targets will be 10x harder to achieve.

Look at this chart from Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016 

 

It’s clear to see that leadership is an important topic worldwide, with every country scoring over 80% respectively.

Deloitte’s findings went on to give some thought provoking statistics:

  • 7 percent of companies believe they are “excellent” at building Millennial leaders.
  • 13 percent of companies report they are “excellent” at building global leaders.
  • 14 percent of companies surveyed described themselves as “strong” at succession planning throughout the business.

These points are really staggering. If we just think about this for a second… this means that in the best scenario 14% of businesses think they have a succession plan that is successful in developing the future leaders within their organisation. What about the 86%? These are the next generation of leaders within your organisation.

Effective leadership skills are needed at all levels. Where teams are preforming to their optimum as a result of factors such as high engagement, it encourages teams to work more effectively. Therefore, succession planning is crucial in helping workers in their personal development journey.

 

So what actually is good leadership?

There’s good leadership, bad leadership and everything in between. So, what does leadership mean to you?

Too commonly, people assume that being a senior within a company, automatically makes them ready to lead a team of their own, but sometimes it’s the employees in junior roles that show natural leadership qualities. But leadership isn’t just defined within the workplace either – you could be a natural leading figure within your sports team, family, or, neighbourhood, without having a specific title.

An Example?

Emma Watson. Not everyone would view her as being a typical leader, but she is an influential woman and activist within society, with arguably strong leadership qualities. Known mostly for her career in acting, but, also more recently as a U.N. Goodwill Women Ambassador. From creating her own campaign, HeforShe, encouraging men to help break the mould and fight for gender equality, to being one of the most influential feminists, she could be considered to be a leader in standing up for women’s rights.

Many people have an idea about what good leadership is… but more often than not it might not be what you think it is. It comes from the individual and differs from person to person. What is constant though, is that when it’s based on personal power, it can do more than change hearts and minds.

Investing in personal leadership development is a key way to increase the performance of individuals. It enhances motivation and job satisfaction, and aids in the retention of your best people. However, it works even better when the aims and attitudes of your people, teams and organisation are aligned and pulling in the same direction.

How can we help?

Teams need to be lead effectively. This means clear communication, trust within teams, and most importantly creating an environment where teams can bring their authentic selves to work. If there is a culture within the workplace that encourages creativity, cross departmental collaboration, this is much more likely to be achieved. Leadership is for all levels, each employee has something unique to bring to the table, and also can learn from others.

At the Leadership Trust we believe that effective leadership is the process of winning the hearts and minds of people to achieve a common purpose. This can only be done if we know and control ourselves first, so that then and only then can we control and lead others.

Our approach to changing behaviour, giving individuals and organisations, is based around the fact that we learn best through experience; with the fundamental belief that in order to lead others, you must first know and control yourself.

Our programmes create an intense and immersive environment, enabling default behaviours to appear. Participants are able to understand the impact of their behaviour, and are fully supported throughout the process.

If you want to find out more about our approach to Leadership Development, visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team.

Author

Kathryn Taylor

Digital Marketing Assistant

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