One of the most powerful things you can do in your lifetime is to grow your personal leadership capability and skills. You see, we are all leaders. You may lead your family, or your local football club, or your department of 5 people, or your start-up business of 2 people, or your business of 100 people or even a global enterprise made up of 1,000’s. Leadership is an influence and it starts with you.
What is leadership capability?
Leadership capability is, in essence, a way of thinking, feeling and subsequently behaving and acting. It’s your ability to have a developed sense of who you are and what you want to achieve. It’s your ability to set the vision and the example. It’s your ability to inspire, engage, direct and teach others.
In a competitive market where there is a greater demand for businesses, people and resources, leaders play a critical and ever-increasing role in maximising the performance of their teams, and ultimately the business.
It is therefore essential that you are armed with the tools, the confidence and the skills to be the best you can be in maximising your potential, leading the business and unlocking the potential in your people.
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Jack Welch
3 tracks of leadership capability
This viewpoint focuses on developing you as a rounded leader who understands;
…that being a great leader of others starts with being a great leader of yourself. This is the inner game of leadership and being able to articulate the answer to questions like; Why should anyone be led by YOU?
…that being a great business leader means having a clear understanding of the business goals and HOW, as a commercially savvy leader, you can build high performing teams, a customer outcome-focused organisation and lead a strategic business growth agenda.
…that being a great people leader you recognise that in order to achieve the business goals, unlocking people potential is a critical success factor. You understand what makes people tick, you give inspirational and developmental feedback, have great performance conversations and celebrate success.
Is it… I Lead Self, Business and Others, OR… I Lead Self, Others and Business?
When I share these three tracks of leadership capability – I Lead Self, I Lead the Business, I Lead Others – I am often asked why do I present them in that order; Self, Business and Others. Surely it should be Self, Others and then Business?
And my response is always this…
Great leadership starts with looking in the mirror…I Lead Self.
Great leaders recognise that their people will only ever be a reflection of them – aptly captured in the expression the aircrew use when doing the safety demonstration prior to taking off…
“Fit your own mask before you help anyone else!”
Being a leader of others starts with being a great leader of yourself. It is not an external journey, it is an ‘inside out’ job.
After you know yourself you then need to know how to lead the business – I Lead the Business. You need to be clear on the business WHY, purpose, goals. Basically what you are trying to achieve, why and how you intend to deliver it.
Once you are clear on how to lead the business, the final track is how do I lead others – I Lead Others. How do I enable my people (others) through the HOW and unlock their potential on this journey together.
All 3 tracks are fundamentally important and over the coming weeks, I’m going to deep dive into each one so watch this space!
Developing your leadership capability does not happen overnight. It takes focus and commitment and requires consistency of thought and action.
What leadership capability are you building in yourself, your business and in others?
Are you thinking I Lead Self, I Lead the Business, I Lead Others?
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