3 Reasons Why I’m Passionate About Leadership
I was recently asked to write 300 words on “Why I’m Passionate About Leadership” I think passion is an overused word just now, especially in the sales and marketing arena. However, having spent 25 years studying it and working in the field of leading and managing people, yes I really am passionate about it. Here are just 3 of the reasons why.
Because it’s vital
Successful companies are moving quickly to build efficiency and effectiveness by becoming flatter, matrix organisations where information flows in all directions. People are increasingly working in cross–functional, diverse and geographically dispersed teams.
Leadership is vital in supporting this new way of working. The ability to build strong trusting relationships quickly, and work collaboratively, encourages the responsiveness, flexibility and creativity that is fundamental to the success of today’s companies.
Because there is a lack of it
Evidence suggests there’s a lack of leadership in our organisations at a time when there is a growing need for it. As organisations constantly search for ways to get more from their staff, in less time, with fewer resources, staff are more likely to feel dis-engaged, de-motivated and cynical.
Leaders who can create a compelling vision of a better future, and inspire staff to fully commit to realising that vision, will be the ones raising the bar on performance at an individual, team and organisational level.
Because I can influence it and make a difference
Everything I’ve done in my 30 year career has been related to developing people to bring out the best in themselves and others. Whether as a social worker, counsellor, Royal Naval officer, middle and senior manager, leadership and management trainer or executive coach, I’ve worked to help to help people improve their relationship and communication skills. I’m committed to my own lifelong learning and to the learning and development of others. For me, leaders are learners and leadership development that creates sustainable results involves helping people squeeze the most learning from their real world developmental experiences.
The ripple effect of working with leaders in key positions means I can make the biggest positive impact on performance and well-being for them, their staff and their organisation.
- Do you believe leadership is vital? If so why?
- Is it in short supply?
- What are you doing to develop effective leadership in yourself or others?