How do I know what impact my leadership style has on my team? How can I, in a practical yet inspirational way, set the precedent and pace for high performance?
Leadership is so different than it was just a decade ago. Rather than focusing on compliance and conformity, today’s best leaders are expected to build the skills required to serve as mentors, ignite creativity, and provide what we call “actionable inspiration.”
They must understand and advocate the company’s “why” – the purpose beyond generating profits. And, of course, they must deliver results.
And yet, according to Bersin by Deloitte:
Less than 50 percent of managers today provide vision and direction, drive change and innovation, and inspire people to follow them.”
So how do today’s leaders gain the leadership skills needed for change and inspiration? For starters: active listening, insatiable curiosity, and being open to coaching and being coached.
Based on over 30 years of “being in the trenches” with leaders at all levels and across multiple industries, we know that the largest leaps in employee performance occur when they have strong leaders and mentors.
So how do we turn “managers” into leaders and mentors?
Transforming your managers into phenomenal leaders of people best occurs through a variety of methods; there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Depending on the background and personal cultures of those we help, coaching, online and in-person learning sessions, case studies, assessments, reflection, and real-world Q&A sessions often supply the best results—from veteran executives down to the newest managers.
By focusing on the mentor model, we help leaders learn how to positively improve the experience of work for their team. During our work together, we also help leaders earn a highly regarded reputation; people want to work with and for them. In short, we help people learn how to work together better and achieve greater results . . . and bone-deep pride in their team and their output.