Abundant evidence shows that great leadership makes a difference both personally and to the organisation’s success and results in higher performance, productivity and profitability. Great leadership also leads to higher performance in the triple bottom line – organisational health, people’s engagement in the workplace, how much they commit to doing the best they can, having a positive culture at work, long term sustainability for the organisation and the sense of responsibility to the community and environment. It’s not just about work and making money, but also making the world a better place while you are doing it.
I believe everyone is capable of being a leader and my purpose is to liberate the leader within each one of us. Leadership can be learnt and it is about mindset, behaviours and emotional intelligence. I am currently part of the team delivering a massive leadership development programme for a global company that’s based in UK. They are investing millions to secure their future sustainability and success through improving leadership at all levels throughout the company. I want to make leadership development more accessible for smaller businesses and organisations because I believe it will make a real difference. I’m offering discounted leadership programmes for women leaders and aspiring leaders in Scotland and for people in Midlothian and Edinburgh as many small businesses find it difficult to justify the spend. These programmes are eligible for FTO grant funding. Also, I think many business owners don’t see how leadership would be relevant to them. I often hear “well, I can see why it’s relevant in larger organisations but I just have a few people, we don’t need it…” I wonder how much this is due to not really appreciating the difference good leadership makes in groups of all types and sizes – whether it is a family, a business, a volunteer group or a multi-national organisation.
I often encounter situations that resonate with my first experience of leadership. No-one ever thought to mention to me that leadership is something you can learn, that it even exists as a subject. I got a job leading an expedition to the South Pacific and my focus was entirely on the tasks required to deliver results and make it happen – logistics, planning, developing connections with relevant local people, designing the study projects, budgeting, raising sponsorship, etc. I ran a team building event, where we all met each other for the first time and it went down very well. If I ever thought about it, I assumed everyone was motivated for the same reasons I was and that what worked well for me would work well for them. How wrong I was! I’ve subsequently learnt that everyone brings their own perspective, own desires, own motivations, own personality and own ways of doing things to the table, and when you can recognise, understand, empathise and engage with all of that diversity, and connect their own meanings with the organisation’s purpose, then everyone will achieve tasks so much better, drive performance and have fun too.
Leadership happens in our relationships with people and differs according to the different contexts and situations we find ourselves in. Yet how often are managers and other people in leadership positions focusing primarily on the tasks involved? How often do people end up in leadership positions or running small businesses because of their expertise and knowledge, but don’t get any training in leading and inspiring other people to do the work? How many people have created processes and ways of working for the team, company or business because that’s the way that worked successfully for them in the past? How much of your people’s skills, creativity, knowledge and capability remains untapped because you don’t know about it? How often do you take time to discover what motivates your people and tie this in with their work? How much more could your people be engaged at work and what difference could that make to your organisation’s performance?
If you can
- be authentic, be yourself, be confident and live by your values,
- create an inspiring purpose and meaning for the work in the organisation,
- inspire your people so they know how they make a difference to the company success,
- give them autonomy and encourage their desire to do their job to the best of their ability and maintain high standards,
what difference would that make to how it feels to come in to work and to your company’s future?
What difference would that make to your own future?
Please do get in touch if you’d like to talk about it. 🙂
Please contact me if you’d like me to send you some of the evidence for leadership making a difference or about the FTO grants for training in Scotland. email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the specially discounted leadership programmes please see these links:
Women Leaders Special: http://aeona.co.uk/aeonaILMwomen.htm
Midlothian and Edinburgh Leaders Special: http://aeona.co.uk/aeonaILMmidlothian.htm