The last one month has been hectic with a lot of travel for work, i call this as my “never mind” days, hectic yet enjoyable.
We were embarking on a new journey in our Leadership training and coaching segment – The Leadership Discovery workshop. Leadership Discovery is an exciting leadership development program designed for emerging leaders and middle managers.
What is it all about?
Leadership Discovery is all about Leadership. It is all about you as leader. It is also about your organization and how you align with your organizations mission, vision and values. It is also about how leaders perceive you and your understanding about leadership.
We worked on a few simple yet fundamentals of good leadership like :
· Leadership Behaviour
· Aligning yourself with Business Goals
· Leadership values
· Team Bonding
Leadership Behaviour: We do interact with a lot of senior leaders (15+ years of work experience, Sr.Managers, VPs), to our surprise only a few of them have a clear understanding about Leadership Behaviour. Most of them are followers of a ‘’system’’ . In our Leadership Discovery workshops, we discuss on the topic – what is Leadership?
In our understanding, Leadership is a behaviour, there is no good leadership or bad leadership, but there is good leadership behaviour, which is nothing but aligning to the organization’s mission. Subsequent to our workshop, people gain a lot of clarity on their strengths as a leader and their potential areas to improve as a leader.
Aligning yourself with Business Goals : We stress on the importance of ALIGNING , all the time in all our workshops. What is alignment, it is your ability to align your behaviour to leadership behaviour of the organization. Example, if your organization’s behaviour is aligned to FUN AT WORK, it is important to align your behaviour to FUN AT WORK
Leadership Values : We strongly believe Leadership is driven by values. What are values ? Values here mean what’s your business believes in, what’s close to business’s heart. For example, Core value of Apple is ‘’Think Different’’ or ‘’Crazy People’’ or ‘’ Change world ‘’ or ‘’ Not a product but a life statement ‘’. Each organization has core values, it is important for the leadership team to drive those values and percolate those values to grass root levels.
Sensitivity : Many leaders lack this skill, but all look for this skill. Being sensitive means your ability to understand other person’s feeling and your ability treat them nice. In one of the organizations I worked for, had issued a pink slip to one of the employees, and the person was asked to leave the organization on the same day . This is insensitive in a business world. Sensitive Leaders will know the pulse of their employees, what excites them and what drives them and people feel they are ‘’cared’’ by their leaders.
Team Bonding : A bit clichéd, but we all know – Together we win . Leaders are aware of importance of great teams yet due to business pressure, changing environments building a team won’t be a priority for leaders.
Communication: In the recently concluded Leadership Discovery Workshop , we had an interesting activity where in leader is shown a picture by the facilitator, and he is expected to explain the details to the members, with no obvious clues, example if the picture is of a ladder - leader can say a long rectangle . And team members are expected to draw - what's on the mind of the leader. They can ask questions to the leader. It was really surprising to know only one or two could really draw the picture which was close to the original one. Sometimes our communication process is very complicated – what we say, what other person understands and the reality might be three different things. Good leaders must learn the art of effective communication.
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