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“My biggest motivation? Is just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University Education that I never had — everyday I’m learning something new.” – Richard Branson, founder Virgin Group.
Leadership is a rare skill because it requires, experience, vision, patience, technical skill, durability, judgement, and a deeply refined character, whose sole passion is helping other managers achieve a level of perfection. Good leaders have an awareness of themselves, awareness of others, awareness of how others view them and an awareness of how the business really works.
If you struggle to be a good leader in your business then we can help you. The Tim Meagher Organisation has a wealth of leadership coaching experience gained over many years of working with small business owners and larger corporate organisations throughout Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and surrounding counties. We can teach you the most important Leadership qualities that will help you to develop your staff and your organisation.
The Top 6 Key Leadership Strategies For An Effective Leadership Coaching Service
1) Know Your Company Values
Develop a personal understanding of your organisation’s values. Think about what the company’s values really mean to you and to your unique leadership style. You need to know which of your behaviours demonstrate those values. If the business’ beliefs and principles don’t have a meaning for you, you won’t be able to make them meaningful for anyone else. You must examine your own personal set of values and see how they mesh with the organisations. Make sure that organisational and personal values are in sync with one another.
2) Be A Role Model
Show people what the organisational values mean through your behaviours. People learn by observing their leaders. You must walk your talk. Bringing values to life is a behavioural issue. You are a role model for your people. Your values show up in four behaviours: (a) how you spend your time, (b) what you do, (c) what you say and (d) how you deal with problems and crises. Actions speak louder than words, and employees aren’t dumb. You need to fight for and win their respect and get your staff to want to follow your lead.
3) Teach Values To Your People
You have to make it very clear that you expect your people to live by your organisation’s values. You have to sell them on the importance of living the values; more than that, you have to teach them. One of the most effective ways to teach values is through asking questions. When you ask people what they value, and which organisational value they use most frequently, you are pointing them in the right direction. Asking questions helps people learn how to apply critical thinking skills on their own. It also helps people articulate what they already know.
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4) Remove Obstacles To Working With Values
Your most important job as a leader is to help your people succeed. You must smooth the way for them because there are always obstacles and barriers to values driven by performance. You must identify roadblocks, eliminate or minimise them, or show team members how to deal with those that can’t be removed. A good leader will help remove those self-imposed limitations through demonstrating how the employee does have a choice.
5) Recognise Those Who Live The Values
Most leaders know that effective feedback must be specific and timely. It’s not effective to tell someone that he or she is “doing a great job and working with the values of the company.” What does that mean? How can people do more of it, if they aren’t sure what you mean? Instead, effective leaders say something like, “I saw you yesterday go out of your way to help that new technician, in order to avert a problem”. I appreciate what you did.” People crave recognition. According to the Gallup Organisation, 65 percent of workers reported that they received no recognition in the workplace last year. Recognising and rewarding behaviour that’s in line with values is the single best way to ensure that it continues.
6) Re-direct Those who Aren’t Working With The Company Values
This is where the rubber meets the road and where you earn your money as a leader. You must hold people accountable when they are not living the values. There will always be a few, who don’t want to get with the program, and you must be the one to deal with this problem or everyone suffers. You will lose credibility and respect of others, and the work group as a whole will suffer. Explore with people the reasons they are doing what they are doing and why they choose not to live the values.
To have the greatest impact on your business today, take the time, have the courage to ‘re-direct those who aren’t working within your company values’.
Over the last three decades The Tim Meagher Organisation has experienced first-hand, those business owners who fail and those who succeed. There is over-whelming evidence in support of a positive outcome from ‘telling them how it is’. Have the character to have these uncomfortable and awkward conversations. The whole work-force are watching how you deal with it, don’t be afraid to tell them what they don’t want to hear.
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