“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”
As the business world has become more complex, leadership challenges have grown exponentially and leadership training has failed to keep pace. Studies reveal that one-third of organizations are rated low when it comes to developing their leaders. The Leadership Foundry has the ability to make a real impact for your organization and leadership development, regardless of the obstacles.
How? We believe that self-awareness and introspection are essential for effective leadership training.
To handle the speed of today’s advancements leaders must be adept at making quick, yet thoughtful decisions. This agility requires a keen awareness of how their personalities influence their behaviors and ultimately the effect these behaviors have on their ability to drive success. Through the process of self-reflection, great leaders are forged to lead with confidence and credibility.
Keep in mind; you don’t need a title to be a leader, but recognizing individual potential is critical to achieving your mission. We are all leaders when we assert ourselves or our opinions in one way or another. Influence is a powerful tool in anyone’s hands and can steer an organization in the right direction; or the wrong one. Left without clear expectations or direction on what leadership characteristics are required, the wrong direction for your organization is likely to occur.
In a study of thousands of leaders, did you know that 37% stated that the overall quality of their organization’s leadership is high, while HR team’s disagree only giving a 25% rating? Even more shocking is that a mere 27% of leaders reported they were “very prepared” to create a workplace where employees are motivated to deliver their very best (HR says it is only 9%). Either way it is clear that organizations lack confidence in their leadership to address current needs. Worse is their assessment of their “bench warmers” currently waiting ready to step up to leadership roles in order to meet future needs. Only 15% rate their succession team as strong, and only 46% of the most critical positions can be filled immediately by internal candidates.
Whatever your perception is of your leadership team, there are always opportunities for betterment. The trick with most leadership programs out there is that they were not built with you in mind. You see, your issues and aspirations are different than the competition. Your culture, your history, your people are all distinct. Ultimately, developing the critical leadership skills for YOUR organization is not a one-size-fits-all solution.
The Leadership Foundry works with your team to create a development solution that is not only specific to your industry and culture, but also aligns with your unique mission. Each organization is different. Don’t settle for programs that require you to fit yourself into their strategy. Let us work for you.
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Google’s intense data collection and number crunching have led it to the same conclusions that effective leaders have always known. In the best teams, members listen to one another and show respect and understanding of others. At the same time they realized you cannot underestimate the power of giving people a common platform and operating language.
Building on these conclusions, we in the Leadership Foundry have observed that when organizations try to optimize everything, usually through process improvement, it’s sometimes easy to forget that success is often built on personal experiences — like emotional interactions and complicated conversations and discussions of who we want to be and how our team mates make us feel — and that really can’t be optimized. We believe you need a vocabulary and dialog that helps explain yourself, what you’re feeling, and why it’s important. That’s what we provide our participants through our use of multiple psychometric behavioral measuring instruments, an objective, common language to provide clearer communication and better feedback.
Mission achievement starts with identifying the core leadership challenges that are barriers to greatness.
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