, Developing Real Leadership: The 5 BIG Mistakes ( # 5)

Developing Real Leadership: The 5 BIG Mistakes ( # 5)

March 1st, 2012 Posted by Leadership Coaching, Leadership Tools, Life Coaching

Leadership strategy is not aligned with business strategy…

The biggest impact on both an organisation’s current business strategy and on the business futures it needs to create is the way a leader leads his/her team…and the way his/her successor leads their teams (Berger, Carrasco, Madala, & Painter, 2011).

There needs to be a very clear vision for the organisation and every leader should be able to articulate that vision and the strategy proposed to achieve it. Every leader should be able to demonstrate how what they are doing on a day to day basis moves the organisation a little closer to achieving its strategy.

Every team member should also know how, by what they do, they contribute to the overall benefit of the team and the organisation. They should know that they are more than a cog in the wheel and that what they do is important. It’s more than about ‘punching the clock’ at the beginning and the end of a day; it’s about contributing and having a sense of satisfaction in what they do.

And finally, organisations should have a clear picture of what their business strategies should be in 1, 3 or even 15 years out and identify the skills and leadership traits that will be needed a) to get there and b) to maintain momentum and continued growth when it does get there.

According to Orr and Sack (2009), “Creativity and Innovation Management are two skills that we know correlate with high performance, but these have decreased in both skill and perceived importance since 2003. In order to be competitive, it’s time to move out of crisis management and begin to value innovation and the creative process once again. These skills won’t be luxuries – they will be critical success factors and possibly a matter of survival for organizations in the next couple of years.”

How is your organisation preparing for the future?

“Absolute identity with one’s cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership” ~ Woodrow Wilson

At Setanta Consulting, we know what it takes to develop real leaders and that’s why we don’t hold group leadership training courses. Our focus is on working one-on-one with the individual to help them carve out a path toward becoming a truly great leader; a leader who understand themselves, their motives and values. They come to understand the needs of their team and their peers and adapt their approach to ensure their communication takes into account the feelings of an individual or group, regardless of the message being delivered. We produce these results by working closely with our clients over a 12-week period to allow them an opportunity to practice and embed any learnings that are relevant for them.

We involve their managers when creating a Development Roadmap that is specific to their needs and because we hold our sessions over a period of months our clients get an opportunity to try out new things, discuss what worked and learn new strategies for overcoming whatever challenge they may be facing.

The leaders we work with understand that using “positional power” only produces short-term gains but that real power lies in the ability to influence others, to motivate and to inspire. We understand the journey of change can be tough and therefore we focus on strengthening the foundational competencies of any leader: Awareness, Resilience, Motivation, and Energy, as well as the other skills that might be relevant for the client. Our coaching programmes are tailored to the needs of the individual and therefore, the results we get are immediately applicable and long-lasting.

Our clients bring all sorts of things they want to develop to the table but mostly these can be boiled down to two areas: Unresourceful behaviours within themselves (such as losing their temper) or unresourceful behaviours in their team and; Communication challenges with peers or management that leads to conflict or a sense of disempowerment. How can you relate to this?

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”~ Jack Welch

“I’m new to a leadership position and I’m feeling a little out of my depth?”

“I’m working toward a promotion and need to develop the necessary leadership skills to hit the ground running?”

“I’m a seasoned leader but would like to reflect on my leadership style or where my next move might be?”

“I’m interested in understanding the competencies of real leadership for my own professional development?”

If you or any of your team can resonate with any of these statements above then we should meet up for a chat…

Have you ever been passed over for promotion or wondered why you’re not climbing the career ladder as quickly as you’d like to? Perhaps you’re wondering if you’re in the right career but are confused about the next step to take…

Knowing what you know now: Are you going to take responsibility for the development of your staff?  Are you going to take responsibility for the professional development of yourself?

Knowing what you know now: How are you going to align your team’s objectives with those of the organisation?  How are you going to influence each of your team members to align their objectives with those of the team?



If you’d like to know more about how to achieve more in life or business, or if you’d like to explore how coaching can help you become a better leader (of others or yourself!), or even if you’re just generally curious about what professional coaching can offer you, please contact us at any time for a free consultation.

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