Leadership Profile - We develop leaders by:
- helping you achieve clarity on what profile of leader you need;
- identifying what changes you need to make in the organisation to support that profile;
- Using bespoke 360° instruments and carefully selected psychometrics to facilitate self awareness and personal leadership skills growth;
- creating and delivering learning and training experiences that build the skill, competence and behaviour you need for your business.
Leadership Challenges - Some key questions we always need to discuss.
- What leader profile and skill set is required for your business?
- How do you maintain and develop your leadership talent pool?
- What leadership issues do you need to tackle to make a significant difference for the business and the results it produces?
Leadership Skills - How good are your leaders in each of these important areas?
- Taking risks
- Thinking strategically
- Implementing strategy
- Managing Change
- Inspiring people
- Developing people
Effectiveness as a leader is greatly enhanced by increased self awareness. Leaders can make more conscious choice about how they use their behaviour to influence others and stimulate action. ”There is one quality that trumps all, evident in virtually every great entrepreneur, manager, and leader. That quality is self-awareness. The best thing leaders can to improve their effectiveness is to become more aware of what motivates them and their decision-making.”* (read more)
Risk is increasing as change becomes more rapid and frequent and markets become less predictable. Are your business leaders equipped to make informed and calculated risks? Are they inhibited by their personality with a natural caution that they find difficult to overcome? (read more)
Strategic thinking has become more complex because of the increasing uncertainty. Business leaders now need to manage in a VUCA(Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) / SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud) world. It is increasingly important for business leaders to look at the business in totality and determine what may need to change for it to maintain success or be more successful. This means being able to step out of the operational routine and think strategically and to put aside focus on the interests of their own unit or part of the business and think in terms of the success of the overall business. It also means having a good grasp of the likely trends and potential trends that will impact the products and services the business offers. (read more)
Today’s business leaders must be able to gain commitment and “buy in” to the implementation of the strategy. It means achieving genuine buy in and not just communicating expectations. It also means thinking through and planning the steps required to mobilize the organization effectively to deliver the strategy and achieve the planed results. Equally important is monitoring and following up the execution of the strategy effectively including the key performance indicators that will tell that all is on track. (read more)
Change is now a regular feature of life in competitive business organisations. Leaders need to be equipped to lead people through necessary changes. In doing so, to be effective, they need to be aware of their own preferences with regard to change and how that impacts their ability to influence others. They require being skilled in engaging people and mobilizing them to change. (read more)
Some leaders are naturally gifted in communicating in the right way to inspire people. They are good at communicating messages in a way that mobilises people to act. They can gain people’s understanding and capture their hearts. (read more)
It is important that leaders are skilled in developing people so they can create space for their own strategic thinking through growing people to take tasks away from them. They also should have a clear succession plan in place for their area of the business to guarantee continuity with the right quality leadership. Another important element is being skilled in having coaching conversations and having a positive attitude to developing people. (read more)
*Anthony Tjan is CEO, Managing Partner and Founder of the venture capital firm Cue Ball, vice chairman of the advisory firm Parthenon, and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck (HBR Press, 2012).