Great leaders use communications as a tool to motivate and inspire, gain alignment behind a vision or strategy, persuade others to join them in a new cause, convey critical thoughts and ideas, and to maximize their own impact. Great leaders also tailor their communications style and message based on who they are speaking with and the format and medium of the conversations. Learning to adapt your communications style to the audience offers a number of benefits. Keep reading to learn more.
Leadership is a nebulous and often hard topic to define. Many people conflate leading and managing, which is ultimately about marshaling and directing human, physical, and intellectual property resources toward the achievement of a set of business objectives. Leadership on the other hand includes aspects of management, but also has an elevated set of responsibilities including creating vision, instilling purpose, and aligning a team behind a North Star as well as a focus on empowering, motivating, and inspiring individuals, teams, and groups to achieve a common goal. Leadership entails the many facets detailed above and more, but underneath it all are 3 foundational elements needed for success.
As an executive coach focused on developing leaders, I have observed a number of parallels between my professional work and coaching kids on the sports field. In particular, the values I introduce to our rec sports teams overlap with those adopted by some of the most successful leaders. While they look a bit different on a wide-eyed 6 year old versus a seasoned and sometimes cynical executive, they do hold up quite well. Below I have depicted how the values come to life within our youth sports teams as well as how I apply them in developing leaders.
After being exposed to the impact and benefits of taking a Strengths-based approach to leadership, leaders and executives will typically ask us, “What are some quick tips to help carry this forward?” Read on for some quick hitters to take the next step in using Strengths and integrate them into your day-to-day role.
We all face doubt, from the most elite athletes and performers to successful executives, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and even military special forces. It’s part of human nature that doubt will creep in from time to time (and more!) for even the most confident among us. Below are some useful tips that I have learned along the way that can be helpful in tackling doubt.
Darren Reinke, Managing Director of Group Sixty, is distilling leadership strategies and tactics from Group Sixty's leadership development practice into a book to be released in the first half of 2018. The book is titled The Savage Leader: How to Unlock Your Potential for Personal and Professional Success and will be available to friends of Group Sixty before it is released to the general public. Click the link to learn more and join the waiting list so that you will be notified when it's available.
During the holiday season, and Thanksgiving in particular, many of us take time to appreciate all of the wonderful gifts that we have. While it’s important to focus internally and be grateful for all that we have, during this holiday season I would encourage you to take it one step further, shift the focus externally, and acknowledge those members of your team and organization who are not just achieving, but who are making CHANGES to their mindsets and trying on new behaviors in support of greater career and life success.
Many CEOs and executives struggle with the challenge of creating a high-performing leadership team. Leaders wonder if the focus should be on assembling a team of “A Players” or a team that has a wide array of experiences and skillsets. According to the research from Google’s Project Aristotle, the number one trait of the highest performing teams is the presence of psychological safety. Below is a set of practices that have been proven to be successful with our clients.