Do you want to be successful in both business and in life?
Are you unwilling to settle for mediocrity and always striving for your highest potential?
Are you a leader who is passionate about creating teams that work in an agile way and are consistently delivering high customer value?
Does your executive education prepare you for the uncertain world?
Is your leadership style advantageous for your organisational culture, increasing psychological safety or spearheading an agile transformation?
You might be someone concerned with business agility, leading change in company, trying your best to develop more good leaders, or build a high-performing team. No matter which role you play in your organization, change is happening and you need to lead with a different mindset.
Like you, I want to thrive in the rapidly-changing world. That's why we as leaders need to develop the agility so that we can navigate the complex, real world. This journey begins with the agile mindset.
Leadership transformation only begins when we begin with the mindset. Outwardly, we may only assess if a leader has the right qualities of an effective leader through outward characteristics and skills they display. It's easy for organizations to gloss over the necessary pieces of helping leaders cultivate characteristics that stick and last through change. Skills training alone cannot achieve that.
Skills training can create good leaders; leadership development that works on the mindset is the differentiator.
The key is to begin with the mindset because you want behavioral change that lasts. No one can become a good leader when all we do is to look at the external or 'cosmetics.' A poor mindset results in poor outcomes. This applies to you no matter which leadership model you subscribe to because effective leaders commonly share similar qualities – inspire others to innovate, think strategically and consistently deliver value to customers – and all lasting qualities come from the right mindset.
Look at the current business environment.
Is it enough for managers to do things the way they always have and achieve old objectives? Probably not.
As a leader in today's landscape, you need to gain leadership skills that essential for the current times. That's why you need the right leadership training plan and framework.
Organizations then have to support leaders by putting in a place a structured development process and a culture of innovation.
This will help you develop more great leaders with the right skills and it's through them that you will surface new ideas, align others to follow a common vision, and build a thriving company.
In the current world of volatility, it's imperative that you promote self organization because this will help you and your teams think about new ways of providing solutions, agile decision making, seamless cross functional collaboration undergirded by trust and commitment.
Employee engagement, revenue, leadership sustainability, business resilience
1. Engage and lead diverse employees
Diversity and inclusion might be top on your list of priorities. Having leaders who are agile and effective will help you engage and lead diverse employees.
2. Align and unite employees towards a common vision with near-perfect implementation
Teams are moving towards self organization as employees desire autonomy. If your leaders have the characteristics and ability to align others, then you'll find your change and implementation much smoother.
3. Develop a pipeline of good leaders
Leaders are inspiring and they grow more leaders. By role modeling effective communication, influence, creative problem-solving and people management is one of the best way to imbue these qualities in future leaders.
To do achieve the above value, you need to be focus on the every level of leadership – not only the top leaders.
Taking care of the pipeline of all leaders will help you develop multiple pathways to success and the ability to achieve much better outcomes.
What are your innate qualities, strengths and talent?
What's your definition of leadership?
How do you influence and bring a group of people together?
What makes you shine with confidence and be a successful leader?
This list of questions is inexhaustible and that's why all my clients often complete the following exercises so that they may master the self.
Your core values form the compass of your leadership. Your core values influence the characteristics you display. These will help you to first, express your definition of leadership. These will also help you collaborate better with diverse teams. Personal mastery for leaders is essential. Here's where leadership principle #1 comes in: You cannot give what you do not have.
If you don't know your motivations well, or how you approach decision making, how can you lead with high emotional intelligence? How will you be able to help your employees? How do you create impact for organizations?
Being an agile leader doesn't mean changing who you are. On the contrary, it's about getting to know yourself at a deeper level and taking all your best characteristics, qualities and focus them to achieve your personal vision. Recognizing your values will help you give you new ideas on how you can approach the change.
Learning what you can and can't change will in fact, make you more flexible and agile across different context and environment. You will also enhance your management style and increase your repertoire of collaboration techniques as well as facilitating ways your employees can work with each other.
There are some popular values assessment out there for free. If you would like to learn about yours, contact me.
Do you know your innate talents? What about a skill that only you have?
Are you aware how you generate and sort through ideas, create a creative environment that embraces innovation, inspiring others to experiment, facilitate growth or simply how you influence people?
Tapping into your natural pathways to success enhances your leadership by many folds. Explore your strengths with an executive coach so that you'll get deeper insights that are actionable. Take it as an accelerated course in business school where you'll know where to focus your efforts in the future.
The best leaders I know are continuously learning about themselves and I guarantee you'll find fresh perspectives and insights as you discover your strengths. Check out our strengths programs here.
Part of my value proposition is to provide simple solutions that overcomes your complex challenges. Having a framework gives you more ideas where you grow and transform your leadership.
A quick overview of what you can raise your agility by using the five inner voices that touch on team engagement, influencing people, language that inspire and empowering teams.
In charge of your personal mastery and emotional regulation, I regard the Captain as the leader of the five inner voices. It enables all your other inner voices to work together. Unlike traditional leadership styles where emotions are often ignored or neglected, the changing profile of your employees requires you to now explore a different way of delivering value to your people.
Companies must also remember that many are currently going through transformations. The changes are often uncomfortable and a good leader in the team will smoothen the journey.
And for that, leaders can focus on strengthening the Captain for starters.
Do you know what do people want from you as their leader? An effective leader knows how to engage people. They also lead with empathy (understanding what inspires others.) Without learning opportunities, your most talented people are unlikely to stay on for long. Leaders need to accept that the chance to grow and having the space to contribute their ideas is increasingly important for people.
If you want to retain your best talent, then leadership skills like developing people are essential.
That begins a positive cycle where more great leaders are born. In my domain, I prefer to see it as 'more agile leaders nurturing more agile leaders.'
Is your vision compelling? Do people believe in it? Are your teams with you in your vision, seeking solutions together or are you leading alone?
Change for any organization, can only go so far with systems and processes. People are your single more valuable resource. The more effective you are in your communication, the more you can inspire confidence and demonstrate your leadership in these volatile times.
The best leaders 'individualize' and tailor their message to meet the needs of their people, and effective change only happens when you have people on the boat with you (riding towards the vision).
Do a reality check. Your vision is unlikely to remain static so the more agile you can be in bringing your team to the same page, the more agile your oganization can become.
How do you know if your strategy of change is effective? What are the odds that you'll succeed? Think of it as a design thinking exercise. Do you have the essential parts in place?
Leaders need to be strong in strategic thinking. This is one the qualities that has increasingly become crucial for great leaders.
A strategist is essential for your leadership journey because if you aren't able to cut through the noise and help others see what's most important, companies can't change for the better. Invest in the strategist and you'll elevate the qualities of thinking in your team (thereby nurturing more good leaders) and create impact beyond self.
Is your decision making process working? Do systems and process support your team members to be high-performing or are you sticking to traditional leadership styles?
Among the five inner voices, my favourite is the Agilist because it embodies the principles of agile leadership so well. If there's a necessary change, make it happen because being obsolete and irrelevant cannot be a choice right now.
With the Agile Mindset, you can be a good leader today and a great leader tomorrow.