“We are drawn to leaders and organizations that are good at communicating what they believe. Their ability to make us feel like we belong, to make us feel special, safe and not alone is part of what gives them the ability to inspire us.” -Simon Sinek
Great leadership is about other people. These types of leaders are behind and all around their staff, pushing and encouraging them to be their best. They are clearing the path to success for their teams. They are counselors and teachers. They focus on more than just making sure all the managerial tasks are checked off their list.
So why do companies want this kind of people? Because they are motivators. And in a society where people change jobs almost every couple of years, you want leaders that will keep your best employees motivated and engaged. Increased productivity equates to better products and services which result in growth to your company’s market share. Believe it or not, effective leadership affects your company’s bottom line.
Cultivate An Environment for Learning
Leadership can be taught to your managers. Some managers can possess these natural skills but you do need to make sure your organization has training in place to grow your leadership teams. You also need evaluations in place to identify potential leaders within your organization.
Leadership programs help ease the chain of succession, make employees feel more connected to the business, and can transfer good ideas from one section of your company to the whole organization.
Creating a Leadership Development Program
Before you start a leadership development program, you have to make sure your business has a clear vision and stated goals. A simple way to go about this is to ask yourself: What do we want our future leaders to accomplish? The most successful companies create objectives that they can – and do – clearly act on.
Businesses should also pick instructors for the program who have a track record of good leadership. Otherwise, employees won’t embrace the message.
We help companies both big and small in coaching entire management teams or one-on-one to review current leadership styles and help you identify and groom future leaders. See how we work with companies through our different executive coaching and training services.