Even highly successful leaders can transform their leadership effectiveness.
If you ask most CEOs and senior leaders whether they are committed to becoming even more effective, some will regard it as a strange question; others will resort to humour and say something like “well you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” when actually they mean they are not open to learning new tricks; some will respond “yes but I haven’t got time right now” and a relatively small number will reply “absolutely and tell me how I go about that.”
This in itself is significant because the first step to becoming an even more effective leader is to declare “I want to be an even more effective leader. Show me how.” This is a strength not a weakness. It stands to reason that we can never be done with learning because life does not stand still around us.
The second step is to consider honestly what the future requires you to step up to as a leader. This might include managing a bigger or more complex operation, developing future leaders, changing the way people engage with each other and with the outside world, defining and embracing new opportunities.
The third step is to get some decent data on what your impact currently is. A leader without followers is a redundant leader so how others perceive you is the most important facet of leadership. For our money a well done verbal 360 is the best way to do this.
The fourth step is where the development happens. Our work is to help leaders identify where the gap is between where they currently are and where the future requires them to be, and then to consider how they can increase their effectiveness and what specifically they need to stop, start and continue doing in support of that.
As one CEO recently said “the changes I have made have not only made me and my organisation more effective, but have made my job more enjoyable and in a curious way, easier”.
Leading with ease means that you can use your capacity to the full, and that by definition makes you more effective. For more information, please contact Judith Nicol, Director of Leadership Services.