In the chaotic world that modern businesses operate in we cannot predict or necessarily define the future. In these uncertain times, the role of the leader, at the most fundamental level, is to inspire others to follow. This is not an administrative or management issue — it's a human issue. It bypasses the faceless and anonymous 'workforce' and should tap directly into the hearts and minds of every individual.
Holding a leadership position in a business does not automatically confer leadership ability, nor is leadership the same as management. An effective manager may skilfully run the day to day business whilst things are at a constant, and simultaneously be incapable of enlisting worker support for change. A leader has a choice, either to rule by force or they can attempt to inspire voluntary 'followership' — leadership by intimidation or inspiration. Great leaders inspire voluntary 'followership'
So, acknowledging leadership is a critical factor in business success – that's easy. How best to improve leadership effectiveness? — That's more difficult.
At Gryffindor we work with our clients to strengthen their leadership capability.
The first stage is to define the kind of leadership the business requires now and, in the future, to succeed. This will be dictated by and closely aligned to the business strategy. We then work with the senior team to understand the current leadership picture, identifying where leadership is succeeding in the Organisation and where it is failing. We then develop plans to redress this shortfall. This will include improving individual leadership effectiveness at every level of the Organisation.