Leadership excellence is certainly open for interpretation, please do not read this as a textbook definition, rather how we at Coach Wilson define it.
Leadership Excellence is the ability to create a desire in people to accomplish higher goals and guide them towards them. There are many key attributes to a great leader, the following five are the most valuable in our opinion and considered the starting point here at Coach Wilson:
– Honesty and transparency (Learn more)
– Delegation and Empowerment (Learn more)
– Accountability (Learn more)
– Self Awareness (Learn more)
– Empathy (Learn more)
If you were to be honest with yourself, which of the above traits would you say you need further development on?
Pick only one to start with, if you want to work on more than one, create an order of priority list and begin by focusing on one trait at a time.
If you’re telling yourself, you’re nailing every single attribute listed above… Chances are you need to improve on your ability to hold yourself accountable and recognise the need for self-development.
Our leadership techniques, attributes and beliefs will constantly change. You can never believe you have perfected an attribute; you’ll need to work on developing each one as time moves forward. This is because, put simply, with time comes change. People change, technology changes, company values evolve, and everything that you can imagine changing as we move into the future, will change. This means you need to evolve with time as well, or eventually you will fail to measure up to the Leadership Excellence standards that will drive you and your team toward successful results.
One classic example of deficiency to evolve is the ‘old-school’ leader you still see in your organisation today. The one who puts their head down and does not speak to their team unless they have to. It’s the one who still believes ‘what I say goes’, and challenges from employees are unwelcome, the one who still needs physical sight of their team to believe they are working. They are usually the ones who have the highest attrition rates because people are leaving to join companies where the leadership team has evolved, where they are using effective methods of management and leadership.
Never stop the process of self-development, continue to educate yourself and improve through feedback.
Choose one of the above attribute as your main focus over the next six months. Write down why you would like to improve in this area, how you’re planning on doing it and what your end goal is.
As an example:
‘Over the next six months I’m going to focus on improving my self awareness skills so that I can better understand how my employees experience themselves in my presence. This will help me better coach my employees to achieve their goals. I’ll do this by enrolling to a self awareness course and seeking 360 degree feedback from my colleagues, subordinates and superiors every two months, followed by setting and implementing actions based on the feedback results. My end goal as a self aware leader is to be able to manage team stress, make better decisions and ultimately build and lead a high performing team.
Written by Sahar Habib
Founder of Coach Wilson