Organisations are facing leadership talent shortages that will impact their performance and emerging leaders are being sought out as the next generation of future leaders. As an emerging leader, it is the perfect time to step forward from your role as an individual contributor and move into a true leadership role. But are you sure? The first place to look is inside yourself.
What is motivating you to take on a leadership role?
You are likely to make more money but, as many leaders have learnt, you have to balance the demands of family and career and make it work. You will get recognition but often an ocean full of criticism along with a small amount of praise. Knowing who you are is essential. Now is the time to understand who you are so that you can stand on a firm foundation regardless of positive or negative comments.
Will you have security?
Choppy waters exist for leadership roles throughout an organization. Your skill in knowing others, building relationships and knowing what does or doesn’t work within your organisation’s culture are critical to your survival – your interpersonal skills.
Many emerging leaders start out as starry-eyed dreamers of building a better world. This perception evaporates rapidly when they are at the centre of the reality of an organisation’s politics. You will be required to make tough decisions that may upset some people. How will you feel when faced with this situation? Do you know enough about yourself to even be conscious of these feelings or thoughts? These are questions that are well worth asking before you step into your first leadership role.
Being a leader carries real responsibility.
The ups and downs of other people’s lives are impacted by your decisions. The world you are entering as a leader has changed from even five years ago. The dominant leadership style is only marginally effective in today’s organisations. The environment is now networked, interconnected, rapidly transforming and constantly in motion. What you do as a leader is also changing. Understanding how to handle the networked and interconnected world is critical.
Owning up to any limitations you might have can be difficult but these are the very aspects that you need to address before taking on the role as a leader. You will need to grow yourself.
The Advisory Group believes all these skills and personal developments are required if you are cut out to be a leader in the 21st century.
The draft program for the Leadership for Innovation Workshop has the following elements in it:
- What is Leadership for Innovation
- Creating an Innovative Culture
- Developing Personal Leadership Skills
- Compelling Conversations
- The Connected Leader and Organisation
- Building a Business Tool Kit
- Design Led Innovation
- Getting results without authority
- The Personal Plan for the Future
The Advisory Group’s aim is to have a truly relevant program to help emerging leaders and those in early stages of leadership development unlock their leadership potential. A combination of expertise in leadership skills development, along with a focus on the realities of the organisation and business world, creates a real experience of leadership development to create inspirational, high impact and outcome-focused training that meets the need of societies newest leaders. The program is highly experiential and interactive and is based on developing these leaders to be INSPIRED, CHALLENGED, and INFORMED.
Leadership for Innovation will assist in a voyage of discovery to maximising your leadership potential. It incorporates elements that help new leaders discover their skills and gives them the tools they need to elevate their effectiveness. It accelerates the transition to competent leadership and showcases the characteristics successful leaders must bring to the workplace.
Hargraves Leadership for Innovation Program will be run in all states during October and November 2014. Review further information on this program.