Leadership Development

Recent studies have been very clear about the skills and qualities that we expect of our leaders. The Centre for Creative Leadership found the number one success factor to be “relationships with subordinates”. Leadership is, after all, a relationship between those who aspire to lead and those who choose to follow. Kouzes and Posner, in their extensive studies on leadership over the past twenty years, have consistently found the top four characteristics of admired leaders to be honesty; a clear direction; the ability to get things done; and the ability to communicate a clear vision.

Great leadership is not the private domain of a select number of charismatic men and women. Great leadership is lived and demonstrated by many people in all contexts and walks of life. There is nothing mystical or complicated about leadership development; leadership skills can be learnt and practiced. The bottom line is credibility; and to be a credible leader you need to practice what you preach and do what you say you will do.

As a leader in your organization, consider the following questions:

  • Do you understand your leadership style and your particular strengths?
  • Are you aware of areas for development that hinder your effectiveness and stall your career development?
  • Are you clear about the type of leader you want to be and the style of leadership your organization requires?
  • Are you in touch with your own personal values and how they match with the values of your organization?
  • Is your behavior aligned with your values? Do you walk the talk?
  • Do you have a clear vision and can you communicate it in a way that inspires and gains commitment from others?
  • Are you good at building relationships that encourage trust and collaboration?
  • Do you communicate clearly and have the impact you desire?
  • Are you sought after as a mentor in your organization? Do you know how to mentor others successfully?
  • Do you think, plan and act strategically as well as tactically?
  • Do you develop the competence of others around you?

Great leaders are learners and take their own personal and professional development seriously.

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