FUNDAMENTALS OF LEADERSHIP
Effective leadership isn’t about doing big things; it is about doing small things that have a huge impact on organizational performance. It is about doing those small things consistently until they eventually become instinctive and natural in your everyday behavior. Think about it this way, what if you wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument? There are basic fundamentals that you will need to learn before you apply anything more advanced. The same lesson can be applied in leadership – get the fundamentals right first and the rest will follow.
The Fundamentals of Leadership workshop explores the basic fundamentals of effective leadership worth mastering. We are all leaders in life. Whether you are trying to deliver on business objectives, support a colleague, or participate in or lead a project, you are in a position of leadership. Think about how you operate in your home life as a parent, partner, or friend – you too are in a leadership position.
This engaging three-hour workshop focuses on how you can influence others, inspire them to perform, deliver results, and build trusting working relationships with those around you. It also unites teams towards common goals, improves working relationships at all levels, and strengthens the leader in you.
We explore four basic fundamentals that all leaders should master:
- Appreciation and Humility – If you are leading others, do not get caught in the old school way of thinking that it is all about you. Quite the opposite – it is about others. Appreciate them for their efforts, strengths, and the value they bring to the organization and watch their performance soar. Recognize their achievements no matter how large or small they may appear and make your focus about them rather than you. Showing appreciation and acting with humility is how you develop others and build followership within organizations.
- Power of Listening – Listening sounds simple and is one of the top ten skills that high performing leaders utilize in all their interactions. Did you know that research shows that the average individual listens only for 7 seconds before interrupting? Listening drives employee engagement and performance. Imagine an organization where all the leaders really listened to what their employees and customers had to say. That is what differentiates high performing organizations from those that struggle.
- Trust – Trust is vital to leadership and it isn’t something that just happens. You have to earn people’s trust, and practice the skills that will help you to do this. It starts by communicating clearly, listening to others, and setting and living up to expectations. But trust is a two-way street. If you don’t show others that you trust them then you reduce their ability to do their best work and you prevent them from ever fully trusting you. So you also have to learn to trust others and to act on that trust. Don’t try to control the details; that is management not leadership.
- Foster Independent Thinking – It’s easy to get stuck in familiar patterns. After all, following the same routine is easy and it feels safe for individuals, but anyone can follow a routine. A leader needs to encourage independent thinking by asking empowering questions that will encourage people to think outside the box, and more importantly, come up with solutions on their own. Come explore how easy it is to ask questions that encourage others to think for themselves. No one likes being spoon fed answers and that does not foster a culture of accountability and engagement. Encourage and allow those around you to think for themselves.
- Increased self-awareness around more effective behaviours
- Improved overall communication and the ability to become a more effective listener
- Skills and techniques to build trusting relationships that drive loyalty to the organization
- How to ask empowering questions that drive engagement and creativity
- Improved performance across metrics due to team buy-in and an increased sense of responsibility among team members
- Improvements in employee engagement and reduced attrition
- Cultivate a culture of accountability and ownership at all levels in the organization
- More creative and collaborative thinking amongst teams and individuals