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Leadership Skills

Leadership Skills for Results in a Dynamically Changing Corporate Culture

Many of us know leaders with first-rate formal educations or expensive graduate degrees from prestigious institutions. Yet, in some cases, it's clear that the leader is ineffective in bringing about desired results. So what has changed in respect of our understanding of corporate culture?

Historically, organizational success has been thought of as requiring the integration of three separate - yet obviously inter-connected - domains: Capital, Technology and People. The Domain of Capital includes access to financing and credit, as well as skills related to finance, accounting, purchasing, budget controls, taxes and overall financial management.  Many colleges and universities are excellent at imparting these skills to their graduates.

The Domain of Technology includes access to, and application of, data processing, automation and a wide variety of products and services made possible by advances in computer and telecommunications technology.  Again, many universities and technical training programs do an excellent job of teaching these sorts of skills. In some industries, basic levels of competency in the Capital and Technology domains have come to be considered requirements for participation, i.e. they are simply the threshold for entry into the industry.

The Domain of People - how the people that "are" the organization coordinate action, communicate and innovate over time - is beginning to be understood as the critical factor separating marginal performers from superstars.

A leadership skills list suitable for 21st century organizations and focused on the domain of People may include:
  • Ability to enroll followers in your  "story", your view of the future.
  • Ability to build shared understanding of = and shared commitment to - common goals.
  • Ability to build and sustain a team of fellow leaders, some of whom may be smarter and more capable than you are in key areas.
  • Emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to listen with the intent to understand (vs. the intent to respond).
  • Ability to hold others accountable for results in such a way that performance is improved and the relationships are strengthened.
  • Ability to see patterns and trends, to work with teams to develop new understanding of opportunities and threats, and to translate these new understandings into practical strategies and goals.
Leadership skills required for effectiveness today vary widely depending on many factors:
  1. The ability to conceptualize a vision that inspires growth
  2. The ability to achieve tangible results with and through people though effective facilitation.
  3. The ability to tactically achieve business results through sound leadership and interpersonal skills.
  4. The ability to counsel, coach or mentor multiple individuals through effective leadership and relationship building skills.
  5. The ability to operate effectively in an environment characterized by relentless, ongoing change.
  6. The ability to demonstrate sound character in the face of myriad psycho-social and socio-cultural organizational challenges.
  7. The ability to demonstrate a clear conceptual understanding of integrative nature as well as the diverse nuances associated with personal and corporate development.

L.E.A.P.S. Revolutionary Approach to Leadership Development for Creating and Sustaining a Powerful and Effective Corporate Culture

A leadership skills list designed around people, relationships, conversations and the "essence of organizational execution" is essential for 21st century leaders. A leadership skills list that includes individual and organizational learning, adaptability and innovation is equally important for success today and tomorrow.  In the end, these skill sets are simply required for positive, sustainable growth.

L.E.A.P.S. leadership training is focused squarely on the types of skills outlined above.  It is based on a new way of understanding language, the power of conversations, physical and emotional domains, and on the leader's role as chief change agent and leadership architect.

As you acquire this new mindset, you will see with "new eyes" the strengths and the areas for improvement within yourself and your company. You will explore leadership styles and leadership qualities that help and hinder effectiveness. Most importantly, you will be equipped with new tools and a new clarity about effective leadership - insights that will empower you to use the most powerful drivers of productivity, culture and performance within your organization.

Exceptional Leaders Are Found in a Wide Variety of Leadership Styles

Many of us have completed "personality assessment" or "preference" instruments (DISC, Myers-Briggs, etc.) during the course of our working lives. These often provide helpful insight into our predominant communication styles, as well as our preferences for working and interacting with others.

From the standpoint of effective leadership it is clear that learning something about ourselves and our predominant leadership style can be helpful.  Regardless of particular leadership qualities, personality traits or leadership styles, all of us have the capacity to make adjustments or modifications when needed.

L.E.A.P.S.  Insights and Core Beliefs Acquired through Decades of Consulting Across a Diversity of Companies and Industries

  • All of us have the capacity to learn.
  • We are not just human beings, we are also "human becoming." We are in an ongoing process of becoming, learning, growing and changing.
  • While it is the case that we each do possess our own tendencies and preferences, it is also the case that we can and do acquire new insights, develop new skills, and make meaningful changes in our outlook and behaviors.  In a great many cases involving leaders, these translate directly into acquiring new LEADERSHIP SKILLS for improving our capacity to accomplish RESULTS with and through others.
  • One of the most powerful leadership styles all of us can employ in spite of the proven successes of Myers-Briggs or DISC profile is "authenticity."