When preparing for leadership, it is important to consider and distinguish the components of your unique personality. In Drea Zigarmi’s Achieve Leadership Genius, these elements include your subconscious self, disposition, values and persona.
Like the great Rosetta Stone broke through language barriers, Leadership in Context could prove to breakthrough leaderships development barriers in the workplace.
Leadership development has always been an important aspect in determining the success of any organization. Without properly trained leaders, companies fall victim to mismanagement, dissatisfied employees and ultimately lack in overall company growth. Leadership development begins with establishing techniques or practices that leaders can apply when coaching individuals towards a specific goal.
Any leader knows your leadership style depends on who you’re leading. Whether you are leading yourself through something challenging or guiding an organization, context is key. So, this begs the question, what type of leader are you? Are you better as a teacher than a public speaker? Take this quiz to figure out which context you will succeed in!
Have you traveled anywhere recently? Did you take a plane to get there? Stay at a hotel? Rent a car? Eat at a fast food restaurant or sip on a cup of coffee along the journey? You most likely have benefited or experienced some type of service within the past few days that is brought to you through strategic alliances.
Executive leadership is perhaps the most glamorous and the most challenging of all contexts of leadership. You have the authority to make the most critical decisions as it relates to the direction of the organization, but you’re also responsible for the people who are employed to serve the vision and the clients they serve.
Do you ever watch a movie or a tv show and notice the similarities between the fictional company or organization and your own place of work? Take the 1999 film Office Space for example. Just because you have Hawaiian Shirt Fridays doesn’t mean your teams are going to be productive and efficient leaders in their own space. Employees need opportunities for growth and development to thrive in what they do. That’s where leadership development comes in:
Traditional leadership models typically are rooted in a top-down leadership approach. Most traditional leadership programs focus development opportunities on improving the skills of executives and managers. And even if when they do offer skills training to individual contributors, it's often not the same core skill sets offered to the leaders at the top of the hierarchy. The problem with the traditional leadership development approach is that it misses an opportunity to take a holistic approach to training the entire organization with the core skills to needed to succeed at any level of the organization. 77% of organizations say they are experiencing a leadership gap and are struggling to find solutions to close the learning and development gap between strategy and execution.
Leadership is not just for those with a corner office or an MBA hanging on the wall. Leadership is not just for those with the title “Chief” or “Vice President.” The reality is that leadership happens in different contexts, including in the self-context, and at every level of an organization.
We all love new things, right? Picture that special smell of a freshly opened can of tennis balls or brand-new leather jacket. That thick, robust aroma that lets you know the product is fresh off the press. It’s like that “new car smell” that’s crisp, pristine and mint. It’s like shopping for a new pair of shoes or a new tablet. The old version you own is worn-down, overworked or over-used and obsolete, so replacing it with a new version brings a level of excitement and anticipation.