Leadership: the most critical element in SME success

Leadership: the most critical element in SME success

The modern leader has many issues to navigate: Covid, remote working, shifting client needs, tech change, workplace equality and mental health.

Managing these and the modern workforce will test every facet of your personality, skills and biases. The leaders I see handle such things poorly always come from a place of low or limited self-awareness. This has huge consequences – demotivated staff, poor reputation, fractious stakeholder relationships and stagnant product.

If you want your business to succeed and grow, your leadership skills are the first place to start. Getting the advice and guidance of an expert coach could be the best investment you ever make.

The Six Elements of Modern Leadership

I have coached hundreds of leaders across many industries. Those with the most positive 360 feedback and staff engagement scores are always those who have invested the most in conscious development of their leadership skills.

Across my coaching, the following 6 elements have emerged as the most critical to master in the modern workplace – read each and consider where your leadership is at right now:

Self-Manager

How is your emotional wellbeing and work-life balance?

Are you mentally present away from work?

Your people take their lead from how you show up. Are you in the best place personally?

Creator

How clear and inspiring is your vision for the business?

Are you working well with other senior leaders to create that?

Do you make space for innovation and creative thinking?

How well do you involve your people in that?

Challenger

Challenging the modern workforce takes skill and calibration. Too much and people back off; too little and you create a stagnant environment.

Are you adept at delivering difficult feedback?

And do you seek it for yourself?

How well do you address underperformance?

The Modern Leader

Communicator

The rapid pace of change requires leaders to communicate with impact. Are you able to enthuse and emotionally engage your people through change?

Or do you leave them overwhelmed and confused by your messaging?

Coach

Coaching is the key catalyst in maximizing your people’s potential and output. Modern staff also expect to be coached more and told less.

Are your coaching skills up to scratch?

Do you use a coaching approach, or are you often stuck in tell mode?

Motivator

Do your people feel motivated by your leadership?

How do you know?

Many leaders get absorbed in the busyness and don’t make enough time to understand individual motivations, celebrate success and reinforce positive behaviours.

The Modern Leader

Self-Manager

How is your emotional wellbeing and work-life balance?

Are you mentally present away from work?

Your people take their lead from how you show up. Are you in the best place personally?

Creator

How clear and inspiring is your vision for the business?

Are you working well with other senior leaders to create that?

Do you make space for innovation and creative thinking?

How well do you involve your people in that?

Motivator

Do your people feel motivated by your leadership?

How do you know?

Many leaders get absorbed in the busyness and don’t make enough time to understand individual motivations, celebrate success and reinforce positive behaviours.

Coach

Coaching is the key catalyst in maximizing your people’s potential and output. Modern staff also expect to be coached more and told less.

Are your coaching skills up to scratch?

Do you use a coaching approach, or are you often stuck in tell mode?

Communicator

The rapid pace of change requires leaders to communicate with impact. Are you able to enthuse and emotionally engage your people through change?

Or do you leave them overwhelmed and confused by your messaging?

Challenger

Challenging the modern workforce takes skill and calibration. Too much and people back off; too little and you create a stagnant environment.

Are you adept at delivering difficult feedback?

And do you seek it for yourself?

How well do you address underperformance?

How can you improve these skills?

If you want to be a really effective leader, we need to explore your context and style from several angles. As such, I have created a series of programmes, rather than offer ‘just coaching’. 

These programmes include coaching on live business issues; structured time exploring your skills in the Six Elements of the Modern Leader framework; observing you in leadership situations and exploring models to use with your people. You will also receive curated content (research, thought leadership etc.) to further support your development.

Covering all these angles will give you the fullest picture of a) your impact and b) skills you need to develop that you hadn’t even considered.

Our programmes will be built around your context and needs. Whether that be focusing on an immediate issue – say leading a restructuring – or a longer-term one, such as positioning yourself to lead a growing business.

What will coaching do for you?

Effective coaching is the fastest way to develop your leadership skills. I’ve seen this through hundreds of hours delivering and receiving it.

Coaching is much more than just asking open questions; I am there to challenge your thinking, find fresh perspectives and introduce other leaders’ approaches to similar issues. 

The more deeply you understand your professional and personal leadership identity, the more effective your actions and impact will be. 

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