Leaders look at what is, and what could be, and then they disrupt the status quo to bring about change.
Leaders are always tying to make the business better. And that starts with looking inward. Who do I need to be? How should I spend my time? Where am I getting in the way of others doing their best work? How do I add value to the business without doing everyone else's job for them?
Our leadership programmes work on two levels. Firstly, with you, we create a curriculum. What does the business need from these leaders? Where do they need to grow? Through 360 feedback we identify top priorities, with delegates themselves requesting support in particular areas. Drawing on more than 20 years of working with clients, we design a programme that is particular to your needs.
Secondly, every delegate has their own 'Quest' - a business critical project that will be a case study for the programme. There's a big difference between knowing what to do and doing it. So the Quest becomes the test bed for new approaches. How can they apply what they are learning about themselves and about leadership to this project? At each session they bring back their experiences of doing that, reflect, get feedback and challenge from us and from their cohort colleagues, and consider what's next. How do they continually upgrade the way they are going about this Quest? And how can they apply what they are learning more broadly, to every aspect of their leadership?
Leadership development shouldn't be theoretical. It's easy to say all the right things. But doing them...that's where the rubber hits the road. That's what requires stepping outside of the comfort zone, taking risks and learning from the experience of doing.
By the end of the programme there is no going back. Too much has changed. And the evidence of the value of that change is plain to see. Delegates form deep connections with each other, identify collaborative projects, challenge each other to step up as leaders, coach each other to unpick habits of thinking and behaviour and hold each other to account for their actions.
As with all my work, the secret is capitalising on the uniqueness that each individual brings rather than creating a homogenous, characterless, one-size fits all approach to leadership. This is what diversity looks like.
Call me to discuss how, together, we can create the leadership your business needs to succeed.
Warning - Our programmes will change your business.