People today no longer tolerate the classic “command and control leaders” of the last century. Nor are they impressed by charismatic leaders whose leadership is based primarily on ego, titles and positions.
People seek authentic and engaging leaders who can earn their trust and have the will to do the hard work and add meaning and significance in their work.
Three are the main components of The Leader Edge Framework: (1) Self-leadership, (2) Leading others, and (3) Leadership Communication.
Self-Leadership: your unique leadership DNA
You cannot lead others, if you cannot lead yourself, your life. Self-leadership is the intentional practice of influencing our thinking, feeling, and behaviors to achieve our goals.
Self-leadership emerges through self-awareness and mastering ourselves. It also manifest in being authentic to our values and an underlying purpose of our leadership. It includes developing a growth mindset –the belief in our ability to develop and change things or ourselves. Planning and goal-setting are also essential characteristics of self-leadership, as is embracing failure and cultivating grit and courage.
Self-leadership is a crucial component of my coaching where you discover your unique leadership DNA: the character strengths, the emotional competencies, your aspirations and talents. Discovering your unique leadership DNA provides more motivation and enthusiasm for the actions and plans you choose to take when you lead others.
It enhances your confidence and boosts your capacity to stay consistent with your plans. It’s also a very good predictor how likely you are to guide, motivate and discipline yourself to reach big goals.
Leadership: inspiring change and transformation
Leaders of 21st century lead by connecting with and empowering their people to lead, earning their trust with their positive character and purpose.
Having discovered your unique leadership DNA you will be able to apply the knowledge in building a unique to you leadership development plan on how to lead others being true to yourself and what you uphold and represent (being authentic).
You will be able to lead with courage, awareness and ownership, becoming able to manage the stress and pressure inevitably coming along with leadership.
Leadership Communication: connecting with others by trust
Great leaders are always considered as first-class communicators.
A great leader with impact wins the trust of their people. To follow someone and acknowledge them as our leader, we want to be persuaded they are worthy of our trust.
Worthy to inspire innovation, foster open dialogue, engage attention and minds, motivate teams and positively influence their people to confidently walk the path of change and service.
To earn your people’s trust, position, titles and superficial niceties or rapport are not enough.
Leaders have to acquire a strong leadership communication skillset and learn how to purposeful transfer of meaning to influence people, teams, stakeholders, or a community by connecting positively, overcoming interferences, and creating and delivering messages that motivate, and inspire to action.
Leaders have to develop a strategy for communicating even in the face of the most challenging and disruptive situations. To be able to connect with their people, engage and inspire them to follow a greater purpose which gives meaning to people’s lives.