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Performance Oriented Coaching
Peter F. Drucker
- Leadership Development
Defining the various parts of a leader's role can be difficult, especially because much of the training given often focuses on the management part of the role. To illustrate this, we often use a three part model dividing the role between leadership, coaching and management.
So what exactly is a leader?
Good leaders are made not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders develop through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience (Jago, 1982). To inspire your workers into higher levels of teamwork, there are certain things you must be, know, and, do. These do not come naturally, but are acquired through continual work and study. Good leaders are continually working and studying to improve their leadership skills; they are NOT resting on their laurels.
Before we get started, lets define leadership. Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. This definition is similar to Northouse's (2007, p3) definition - Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal.
Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership knowledge and skills. This is called Process Leadership (Jago, 1982). However, we know that we have traits that can influence our actions. This is called Trait Leadership (Jago, 1982), in that it was once common to believe that leaders were born rather than made.
Some of the topics that our leadership training workshops often include are:
- Understanding the differences between Leadership, Coaching and Management
- Running a case study followed by a group discussion on what can go wrong with ineffective leadership
- Listing examples of leaders from history and discussing whether they are born or made
- Discussing if all great leaders have the same style and different types of styles
- Using a questionnaire to analysis your own personal leadership style and what this means to you
- Learning about the leadership styles available to you and when to use them
- Using a simple technique to analysis performance issues with current team members
- Developing this analysis and linking back to the most effective personal style
- Discuss the differences between local, remote and virtual teams
- Analyse the characteristics of high performance teams and how that resonates with your current teams
Generally leadership development workshops are tailored to an individual company's requirements and built with relevant case studies and examples to re-enforce the learning.
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