Effective leadership training
All good organisations need to develop good, effective leaders and managers
We will define "the effective leader" as:
A member of the team or organisation, that is primarily responsible for the creation and communication of a clear goal: and who can then inspire the team to take the actions necessary to achieve the goal in the most efficient manner possible.
We will define "the effective manager" as:
A member of the team or organisation, that is primarily responsible for the planning, implementation, organisation and control of all resources that will achieve the stated goal, in the most efficient manner possible.
- Obviously, it would be an advantage if a leader had good management skills.
- Equally, it would be an advantage if a manager had good leadership skills.
Leader-managers are those special people who combine sets of abilities
An effective leader-manager is defined as:
"A member of a team or organisation who is primarily responsible for the creation and communication of clear goals, together with the rational, intelligent and enthusiastic application of the available resources, which achieves the goals, in the most efficient manner possible."
A leader-manager has the following six attributes and abilities:
1. A sense of clear purpose
The ability to create a clear and distinct goal, and commit to it for long enough to attain it. As opposed to; when difficulties and setbacks appear, dropping the first goal and starting new, second goal, then later dropping the second goal to start the third.
2. Excellent communication skills
The ability to accurately explain your ideas to others, in such a way that they will understand you, agree with you and will act in accordance with your ideas; As opposed to, excessive miscommunications, misunderstandings, arguments, upsets and disagreements.
3. Rational, logical plans
Analyse the facts and formulate detailed, logical, written plans of action that will achieve the goal in the most efficient way possible. As opposed to constantly feeling uncertain and always feeling that you are "reacting to events; reacting to the current crisis".
4. Rational conflict
The ability to guide and harmonise the various personalities in the team, so that they are more able to synchronise their actions and be more likely to reinforce and complement each other: As opposed to a disharmonious atmosphere; office character clashes, internal squabbles and people conspiring against each other.
5. Inspire and motivate yourself (personal management)
The ability to maintain a positive mental state of optimism and realistic self-confidence, especially during the tough times. As opposed to, losing heart after a defeat or series of setbacks or criticisms.
6. Inspire and motivate other people (leadership qualities)
The ability to inspire the positive emotions of self-belief, desire and self-confidence in all the other members of the team, especially during difficult times. As opposed to; allowing excessive negativity, pessimism or fear to take hold of the team and weaken its spirit.
An advanced leader-manager is one who has their abilities developed to a high degree.
All good organisations need effective leadership and management
All effective leader-managers display six key attributes:
Here are the essential six attributes of leadership:
- Clarity of purpose - Goal focus
- Accurate language
- Excellent planning and problem solving skills
- The ability to handle difficult personalities and performance issues
- The ability to create and sustain good levels of self-confidence and optimism for the future
- The ability to inspire others to share your feelings of self-confidence and optimism for the future
With those abilities in mind, please score yourself, out of ten, for each of the following questions:
- 10 = excellent
- 01= terrible
1. Goal focus: action or reaction?
To what degree are you a "goal focused individual"? Do you act always to achieve a long range objective, or are your actions more often a reaction to what other people are doing?
2. Accurate language - specific or vague?
To what degree are you able to explain your goals, plans and ideas so that others understand your message: (even if they don't always agree with you) or do you suffer with frequent instances of people misunderstanding your instructions or being confused by your message?
3. Excellent planning and problem solving skills
To what degree are you a good planner, prioritiser and analytical problem solver? Are you generally able to solve problems faster than they occur or do problems seem to proliferate faster than you can solve them?
4. The ability to handle difficult personalities and performance issues
To what degree are you able to manage the "difficult personalities" that are present in your organisation? Or are there certain individuals with whom you struggle to effectively manage?
5. The ability to create and sustain good levels of self-confidence and optimism for the future
To what degree is your mental and emotional strength "in your own hands"? Or do you feel that your mood and emotions are governed by the external events and that feelings of anger, frustration or worry are beyond your control?
6. The ability to inspire others to share your feelings of self-confidence and optimism for the future
To what degree are you able to consciously affect the emotions of others towards the positive: i.e. to inspire and motivate others to take action towards the goal?
Or are you more likely to be the one who is constantly complaining and upsetting the atmosphere?
Based on your scores you have given you must be able to see relative strengths and weaknesses.
Therefore; determine what do you need to do to improve your performance as a leader - manager.
Try to reduce your development goal to a one line question of the form
1. How can I ................................................................................. ?
2. How can I prevent .......................................................................... ?
How can I manage my emotions when I am in a conflict situation?
How can I prevent others from misinterpreting my instructions?
If you need help to find the answers the questions above please call us
Or take a look at our Leadership training course or our Advanced leadership training course