The Road to Success
There are numerous values that are essential to achieving success. Over the next few months I will be addressing these values and asking some tough and controversial questions. These values are the focus in our soft skills training programs. The first value is Character. What is Character? This question is powerfully answered by two dynamic and influential people. “Character is the sum total of a person’s values, beliefs & personality. It is reflected in our behavior, in our actions. It needs to be preserved more than the richest jewel in the world.” – Shiv Khera I would like to ask a very provocative question (especially to my fellow Indians), “Does lack of punctuality reflect poor character?” In my opinion the answer to this question is a simple, “Yes.” The intense uptake of breath indicating surprise is audible to me. The reason for this response is that if you consider other people’s time to be as valuable as yours, you would never be late. So could this relate to your values and belief systems? I often say, “It is not the perception that you have of yourself that matters but the perception that other people have of you that is important.” I conduct leadership programs for people holding middle and upper management positions in multi-national companies. The above statement initially arouses disagreement but as it is processed in the group the participants start to see the wisdom. Let us now apply this to punctuality. If you are a project manager and you have been late the last three times for a meeting with your client who is paying a considerable amount of money for the project, what is the client going to think of you? Regardless of the fact that you have done a great job on the project, the client is going to question your dependability. Once this opinion is formed, it will be very difficult to change it. All your achievements will be measured against this yardstick. What a wasted opportunity! Character can only be achieved when we make the decision to be concerned about others more than we are about ourselves. This is not an easy life but it is worth the sacrifice. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” -Helen Adams Keller
Leadership Development Training has a place of great importance in today’s world as leaders are viewed as evolved rather than born. Leaders have been traditionally viewed as “mythological creatures”, separate from the rest of humanity and empowered by some mysterious quality that smoothes their path towards inevitable success. However, the modern view is that through patience, persistence and hard work, anyone can become a highly effective leader. The onus is on oneself to believe and make it happen. That is the reason Executive Leadership Training is so highly sought after by all successful companies.
Leadership development comes from within us, in the sense that deeply held values and principles provide the road map for the way we lead, and the way other people respond. Hence it is important that a Leader must first understand and then communicate one’s own value systems to other people. It is always the Leader’s personal value system that sustains them in their quest, whether they are a person of impeccable moral fiber, or quite disreputable. Hence this is an integral part of management training as it is of critical importance to have self-awareness to lead and manage other people.
The role of a leader starts with a thorough understanding of the team’s needs, aspirations and concerns, for which it is important to have excellent listening and facilitation skills. Most importantly, it starts with a thorough understanding and congruence of the value systems of all parties.
MMM Training Solutions’ Leadership Development Training workshop helps you make a start in finding and developing these leadership qualities within yourself. We advocate that it should be integral part of Management Training.
We use the process of the 4 Es to achieve this end:
Envision – creating appropriate goals and effectively communicating it the stakeholders
Enable – creating the appropriate culture and processes necessary to achieve these goals
Empower – providing people with the necessary resources that will allow them to function at their highest
Energize – motivating and energizing by rewarding both individual and team successes and focusing on communicating information to all concerned at appropriate times
MMMTS Leadership Training Program will also focus on:
* Traditional theories of leadership
* Developing desired traits of leadership
* Leading in today’s constantly changing environment
* Understanding the different roles to be played by a leader
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