Leadership is a lifelong journey, and a life changing one as well. Even today in the new leadership context of the 21st century with heightened uncertainty around the world, dramatically changing work forces and practises as leaders become more virtual often to their teams and business units. Social capital is rapidly replacing financial and even intellectual capital as the new currency of business. Change is now so common, the challenge is often now the rate of change and how leaders support these rapid changes in business strategies and practises. Even with all these new changes in this new century, one thing has remained the same. The need for competent and trustworthy leaders. The Leadership Challenge addresses this need.
The Leadership challenge is a unique philosophy developed from over 25 years of solid leadership research from Jim Kouzes and Barry Possner which has been been read by over 1 million people in their best seller The Leadership Challenge. After carrying out hundreds of interviews, analysing thousands of case studies and reviewing hundres of thousands of survey questions they have discovered that leaders, at all levels, have similar patterns of behaviour. They discovered that leadership was not about personality but rather practise, that is what the leaders actually did. Leaders who get extraordinary things done in their organisations ensure they use the Five Practises of Exemplary Leadership :
Model the Way
Leaders establish principles concerning the way people (constituents, peers, colleagues, and customers alike) should be treated and the way goals should be pursued. They create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow. Because the prospect of complex change can overwhelm people and stifle action, they set interim goals so that people can achieve small wins as they work toward larger objectives. They unravel bureaucracy when it impedes action; they put up signposts when people are unsure of where to go or how to get there; and they create opportunities for victory.
Inspire a Shared Vision
Leaders passionately believe that they can make a difference. They envision the future, creating an ideal and unique image of what the organization can become. Through their magnetism and quiet persuasion, leaders enlist others in their dreams. They breathe life into their visions and get people to see exciting possibilities for the future.
Challenge the Process
Leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo. They look for innovative ways to improve the organization. In doing so, they experiment and take risks. And because leaders know that risk taking involves mistakes and failures, they accept the inevitable disappointments as learning opportunities
Enable Others to Act
Leaders foster collaboration and build spirited teams. They actively involve others. Leaders understand that mutual respect is what sustains extraordinary efforts; they strive to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity. They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful.
Encourage the Heart
Accomplishing extraordinary things in organizations is hard work. To keep hope and determination alive, leaders recognize contributions that individuals make. In every winning team, the members need to share in the rewards of their efforts, so leaders celebrate accomplishments. They make people feel like heroes.
The Leadership Challenge training course or coaching processes are a catalyst for profound leadership transformations for individuals and organisations from all walks of life, cultures and businesses. If you are interested in discussing how The Leadership Challenge can support your businesses Leadership Development simply get in touch.
The benefits of The Leadership Challenge Training and Coaching
- Leaders who practise exemplary leadership are more effective in meeting job related demands.
- They are more successful in representing their groups to upper management.
- They create higher performing teams and foster renewed loyalty and commitment.
- They increase motivational levels and willingness to work hard.
- They reduce absenteeism and turnover.
- They encourage personal credibility and ethical behaviour.
- They inspire the people they work with and in turn these people become more commited, excited, energized, influential and empowered.
- Overall they exert a positive influence on everyone in the organisation.
The leadership Challenge is based on sound empirical research:
- Over 30 years of data collection
- Over 3 million respondents
- Participation by people from over 70 countries
- Over 400 studies carried out by other people
- Rigorous psychometric testing
Our TLC offering:
The TLC workshop: The internationally renowned 2 day workshop with pre course 360 degree feedback and post course coaching.
The TLC Webinar series: A series of six, 90 minutes webinars that are supported by the 360 degree feedback instrument.
The Challenge Continues: A short workshop or webinar series aimed at sustaining leadership competence for previous attendees of The Leadership Challenge course.
The Leadership Practises Inventory: A research based leadership 360 degree feedback assessment with a professional review and 1 on 1 coaching to support desired changes.
TLC Leadership Coaching process: A twelve month, one on one or group coaching process that focuses on professional and business performance and uses pre and post leadership 360 assessments to measure the ROI and increase in leadership competence.
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Our business experienced facilitators, trainers, coaches and psychologists are here to help you with leadership projects of all sizes from a one off 360 degree feedback with coaching session, a small leadership training course through to a full Leadership Challenge roll-out.