In the area of leadership and development, I seek to understand people’s experiences of leading and of being led in the workplace. There are plenty of examples where the style and skill of a leader influences strongly a company’s leadership culture and people engagement.
My examples are anecdotal evidence, but they match-up to more rigorous research of learning and development conducted by the
likes of Gallop and Forbes. Below are some of the comments I have captured that show that leadership, leadership skills and team development are vital to business success.
He was a bully, but charmed and blinded the top team with his charts and gizmos. I can’t tell you how many people he was rude to, ridiculed and took their ideas as their own. How do these smart people at the top not see what we see?Employee on the experience of being led
They were the ‘go to’ person from the senior team; no ego, calm and they’d listen. They wanted to know your views and a they were respected by EVERYONE – a one off!Employee on the experience of being led
I had a team member who was a nightmare. I dreaded seeing them and didn’t know how to handle them. I know my peers were delighted they weren’t in their team and they didn’t offer any ideas because they didn’t know what to do either.Experience of leading
Leadership Development Programme
As the name suggests this programme is for the leaders and future leaders in a business. The objective is to set a course headed for a more positive leadership culture within an organisation. This is achieved through learning and activity that creates greater self-awareness, helping to develop renewed and enhanced relationships with colleagues and an improved personal contribution too.
With more confidence in leadership also comes more courage to lead. Building leadership courage enables the challenges in a business to be faced more easily, rather than being swept under the carpet.
There is a quote about leadership that I particular like:
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour but without folly.Jim Rohn
The benefits of leadership development to Business
- Supports a healthy business culture.
- Attracts and retains great people.
- Generates a pipeline for succession and future leadership.
The benefits of leadership development to leaders
- Brings leaders together, to learn together and to support each other.
- Provides reflection, self-assessment and acknowledgement of strengths and development areas.
- Enable confidence for meaningful and honest conversations with team members and peers.