The Art of Leading People
Leading Individuals and Teams
Many managers and leaders think that leading people is only about attaining desired performance results and helping people cope with, accept and implement change.
We develop and teach great leaders to think otherwise.
We believe great leadership is an art. It is the art of achieving progress through the involvement and actions of others. And it is an art that can be taught and developed.
We also believe that a team is not a group of people who happen to work for the same boss. A team is a group of people working together towards a shared outcome who trust and respect each other.
Hence, we teach and develop great leaders to create and maintain high-performing, cohesive teams characterized by:
- Utilization of the diverse skills, knowledge and experience of all team members.
- Alignment around mutually agreed upon common objectives and goals.
- Robust conversations and debates on critical issues that lead to high-quality decisions.
- Individual and group accountability.
- Learning from results. Learning more from mistakes.
- Fixing problems by looking for solutions, not blame.
Leading People Development
We also believe that people development should be the single most important priority for all leaders. After all, if a leader is one who achieves progress through the involvement and actions of others, then greater progress will be made when the people being led are constantly being developed and improved.
A focus on people development is one of the actions that differentiates great leaders from good leaders. This is nothing new, though a focus on developing the skills of one’s people has been misplaced in recent decades by an over emphasis on quarterly profits and other short-term performance measurements. For, as John Quincy Adams noted centuries ago, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
Feedback, coaching and using delegation as a development tool are the three main skills we teach, particularly in our mid-level leaders programs, related to leading team member development.
Developing Great Leaders
Great leaders know that sustainable, repeatable and replicable success results from collaborative, collective and engaged efforts. This is why great leaders concentrate on the people side of success, including motivation, team building, interpersonal skills of team members, and group recognition and group rewards.
These are the Leading People skills we teach in our leadership development programs.
For, in the words of former President Ronald Reagan, “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets people to do the greatest things.”