Leadership

"The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do."

— Andrew Carnegie

Introduction

If you are really interested in leadership training and development the starting point for you should be what people do because if that doesn’t change, leadership will not improve

If you read books and articles about leadership you will find that some 90 percent of them put forward the idea that there are certain (personality) traits of good leaders - Bold, Fearless, Enthusiastic, Dominant, Inspiring, Resonant, Visionary....The list is endless. However, there has been a great deal of research into the correlation between traits and effectiveness of leaders and the finding is there is none!

Definition

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he or she wants to do it.

Leadership is about your behaviour not your personality.

It’s what you do that makes a difference, not who or what you are. Effective leadership has very little to do with your personality; it has everything to do with your behaviour. As Dr Peter Honey says “As far as people are concerned, you are your behaviour.”

People pay attention to what leaders do and say and they adjust their behaviour accordingly, either to accelerate performance levels, to sustain and maintain performance, or hinder performance.

Leadership is about

Initiative and example - Teamwork and delegation - Coordination and strategy - Clear objectives and focus - Supporting and helping people - Applying systems and processes

Leadership Excellence Programme

We believe that people learn how to progress through various stages of leadership to become great leaders over time by learning to adapt their behaviour to the changing situations in their job.

Leadership courses are usually about talking about leadership, perhaps using some form of leadership diagnostic tool, perhaps doing some simulations concluding with some sort of vague concluding exercise which is about drafting an action plan. The so-called plans tend to be unstructured and general and they never get down to hard, clear, observable, measurable behaviour.

What’s different?

Our programme gets right down to the hard edge stuff - actual behaviour; what you're going to do. And that means specific actions!

From theory to action

Our programme takes the issue of leadership from theory to action. The acid test after any sort of "learning experience" is what are you going to do differently? And it better be something that people can see, not just something vague.