Emerging Leaders are people who are getting ready to unleash more of their potential by taking on a formal or informal leadership role. Maybe you’re an individual contributor who is a strong performer and is preparing to assume a management job for the first time. Or maybe you’re already in a management function and are wondering how you can become a genuine leader and not just an operationally-oriented manager. Then we call you an "Emerging Leader."
Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to work towards achieving shared ambitions. Thus a leader provides direction and shows the way forward, by creating and sharing an exciting vision of the future. A leader motivates and inspires people to engage with this vision, and then build and coach individuals and teams to be effective in achieving the vision. However, nobody can be given the title of leader, you earn it by creating followers and by being at the service of others.
Most important is to enhance your competencies in each of the 5 Key Leadership Performance Areas:
Leaders set the example of what they expect of others. They understand their own core values and use these to guide their lives. Their actions are aligned with their values.
Leaders begin with leading themselves. They are open to feedback, are conscious of personal strengths and weaknesses, and are willing to change. They choose to build self-awareness, shrink blind-spots, and strive for authenticity.
Leaders execute in an accountable way - they build from idea to concrete action to desired outcome. They equip others with clear expectations and specific accountability. They see obstacles as a challenge, rather than a roadblock. They set goals, commit, follow through and persevere.
Leaders understand that the "why" is important. They facilitate the creation of vision, share the big picture, and find ways to make the vision meaningful for others. They are inspiring and committed.
Leaders passionately share stories and use examples to enhance understanding of the common vision. They show others how their individual success is linked to the vision.
Leaders are not happy with "good enough"…..they continuously look for better ways to do things. They engage in renewal, creativity and innovation.
Leaders are constantly examining the needs of the people they serve. They are enterprising, persistent and willing to be bold. They know that risk is often more important than routine.
Leaders cultivate talent and are passionately focused on the growth of others. They support, develop, and expect each person's best.
Leaders act together…..they suspend self-interest, invite ideas from others, and balance process with the need to move forward. They cultivate relationships and build trust.
Leaders show appreciation and recognition for everybody's contributions. They inform people about the confidence they have in them, and celebrate achievements together.
Leaders inspire and motivate people to have a can-do attitude, to take action and to persevere to reach agreed goals. They provide the "fuel for the spirit".
Leaders clearly and frequently communicate to people their individual worth and potential, so that they come to see it in themselves.
Leaders deliver consistent value with integrity and passion, they take full responsibility for their actions. So another fundamental aspect is to constantly work on enhancing your Personal Leadership i.e. leadership of self.
Feedback is also key, "Feedback is the breakfast of champions!" Our Leadership Performance Analysis and Feedback Portal instruments enable you to receive regular feedback to become a true leader through the eyes of others.
A unique aspect of this program is that it not only focuses on enhancing your competencies and ability to lead others, it also provides insights and instruments to increase and manage your personal energy across the 4 dimensions of energy: physical, emotional, mental, purpose. This is an essential key in enabling yourself and others to achieve extraordinary results.
We also believe in putting things into context, to ensure that you can apply your leadership skills in practice. Thus an action-learning business assignment specifically related to your organization is another important element. Drive Your Leadership is not a training! It’s a personalized development project combining group workshops, individual coaching sessions and mentoring.