Grow as a leader – invest in you
At Head4Performance much of our work is executive coaching to support owners and leaders in enterprise sized business. They all have stories to tell about finding their way, micromanaging, damaging team morale, and losing an amazing employee because they hadn’t paid enough time and attention to developing their leadership capabilities as the business evolved.
Most leaders in small business haven’t had the same development opportunities and experiences as leaders in large corporates who have had years to hone their skills as they work their way up through layers of management. They benefit from company development programmes, training and executive coaching. Doing the job they learn that being a good leader is important in achieving their targets and delivering the business goals. However, owner leaders of enterprise-sized businesses often neglect to invest in their personal and professional growth to develop their leadership capabilities. This is partly because there is always something that needs to be done and personal reflection and learning is generally not something owners consider; it just hasn’t been important enough. People do get to the top without personal introspection or growth. However, leaders who are really successful understand themselves, their values and motivations. In order to be a great leader, you need to figure yourself out first.
We have discovered great business leaders invest in their development and, most importantly they have learned to:-
- Trust and to let go of control, instead they support people in doing their jobs.
- Watch their teams for signs of stress and tension to identify who needs support.
- Inspire people, helping them work smarter, not harder.
- Manage relationships, empathise and read people fully and accurately.
- Recognise who needs appreciation, and who’s motivated by achievement.
- Use techniques to build strong teams, deal with conflict, and have great conversations.
- Get results without steamrolling your team.
Most leaders accept that building great working relationships are key to their success, however many have a long way to go before they fully commit to the personal and professional development they need to unlock their potential. And for business owners who hold people’s careers and livelihoods in their hands surely this is a key responsibility.
Head4Performance uses Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) to help leaders understand their own motives and why these are important when relating to others. This understanding allows them to lead with clarity and empathy, build stronger teams, and more effectively navigate conflict. If you would like to know more about how SDI can help you understand your strengths as a leader, please get in touch with Sara (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jo (email@example.com)