There is ample evidence in the news and in recent leadership articles that even some of the best and most venerable organizations are failing to adapt to change, implement their strategic plans successfully, or prepare for a more uncertain future. We believe the turmoil we are currently observing has something to do with ineffective leadership competencies, and that if we don't change our current approach to leadership training, we will see even more of the same.
Surveys of business leadership show that they believe the one factor that will determine the fate of an organization is the quality of their leadership talent. Harvard Business Publishing survey reveals that there is a conspicuous lack of confidence in leadership capability of global organizations. Results indicate that a significant number of organizations need stronger leaders to change course and establish new goals and strategies in shorter periods of time to match the rapidly changing and unpredictable marketplace.
Knowing the best way to develop your people and grow organizational leadership begins with clarifying your business strategy and asking, what should leadership look like to get us there? Training for Leadership has a place of great importance in today's world. Leaders have been traditionally viewed as "mythological creatures", separate from the rest of humanity and empowered by some mysterious quality that smoothens their path towards inevitable success. However, the modern view is that leaders are evolved, not born. With patience, persistence and hard work, anyone can become a highly effective leader. The onus is on oneself to believe and make it happen. Hence it is important to create a leadership development strategy with specific recommendations for developing current and future leaders, as well as the collective capabilities of the organization's leadership.
Leadership coaching provides significant shifts in performance as it evokes the spirit of commitment and direction within the participant. A confident person with a clear sense of direction makes a good leader, as the deeply held values and principles that they have 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 for success.
We are often asked the question, “Leadership Training and Development – What is it about?” 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. Hence, this is an integral part of executive leadership training as it is of critical importance to have self-awareness to lead and manage other people.
The efficacy of our Leadership development programs can be attributed to the intense company-specific customization that is done for the program. Of equal importance is the need to conduct pre-training and post-training assessments that measure the improvement of the participants. Leadership programs that do not measure the improvement of the participants can lack the potency, as the participants are aware of the lack of accountability. Hence, two critical elements of leadership skills training programs are customization and pre-training and post-training assessments. At MMM, we are committed to ensuring that these two elements are present in all our leadership programs.
Independent studies undertaken by the leading consulting and business houses in the year 2010 has revealed the following top leadership qualities and skills that they look for in their leadership team going forward:
A parallel study of leadership development has also revealed 5 major flaws that cause once successful managers to derail while moving towards senior leadership positions:
MMM Training Solutions recommends a Leadership Development Program that not only supports the desirable Leadership Competencies but also addresses the above mentioned skill gaps.
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