To lead another person is one of the greatest honour and responsibility
Leadership Development Solutions
We help you strengthen your leadership skills so that you can help your teams to grow to their potential.
Helping business leaders to be more effective, overcome challenges and build leadership scale.
Work with teams to identify the root cause for sub optimal performance, align on objectives and deliver to potential.
Helping leaders to recognize their potential and get into a regular habit of scaling beyond imaginary limits.
Applied knowledge is power,
Learning is a superpower.
How to scale your leadership skills
Key tenets of a leader
Three fundamental traits of an inspirational business leader areas
- Self Discipline
- Thought leadership
High-quality content is available online today from best experts.
Learn from the best authorities through MOOC, build a strong network and follow thought leaders.
Find a coach/mentor
Learning from someone who understands you, your business and your reality is very powerful. Just like the world-class athletes, all the best leaders have influential mentors and coaches.
Recognise the areas to scale
a) Happiness is a science - focus on at least 3 of the below to increase your happiness levels.
It is scientifically proven that we are the most productive and inspirational when we are happy. Prioritizing happiness will help you be happier while inspiring your teams to follow the leader and be happy! This is one of the best productivity boosters and strong motivator.
Recognize all the support you are getting from others, actively show appreciation and be kind.
Identify activities at work or in personal life that you enjoy a lot and stretch your limits there.
Practice mindfulness while being with friends and family. Spend 10-20 mins meditating every day.
Exercise and Sleep
Ensure 15-20 mins of physical activity every day and sleep according to your circadian rhythm.
Trust people around you and strangers in a smart way and enable them to surprise you positively.
Connect deeper with those in your social groups - try to work towards a common goal.
Reflect on what makes you genuinely happy and prioritize the same on a daily basis.
Take time to focus on and relish what you enjoy (food, nature, hobbies) without digital distractions.
Practice the art of giving to those with needs - better to give time where possible.
Self-discipline is one of the top personality traits that stands out among high achievers with facets such as endurance, thoughtfulness, perseverance, restraint, finishing through, being cautious before committing and fully honouring promises. In simple words, it is the ability to work through the end despite inconveniences and obstacles. Self-discipline can also mean leading a modest lifestyle devoid of excesses of material success.
While many consider the term self-discipline with apprehension and as a negative term, most high achievers approach self discipline as a lifestyle based on forming habits around limits they would like to overcome. There are simple tools like WOOP and other positive habit forming tools one can adapt to improve self-discipline.
Other enablers of self-discipline are being positive, handling uncertainty well, emotional intelligence and consciously managing time.
c) Thought leadership
In a highly connected world, thought leadership is a critical success enabler given the importance of an early mover advantage. For you to be an effective business leader, you need to think ahead of your competitors and your customers to offer higher value ahead of others. You also need to inspire your team to follow your vision with adequate guidance through the path.
The path towards thought leadership involves the following steps.
- Investing time in learning about top trends in the industry
- Staying connected with industry thought leaders and exchanging ideas
- Having a bias for action to test the new concepts in real life
- Being bold in stating viewpoints and constructive debates with critics
- Clarity of approach on managing the unknown – calculated risk-taking and rapid prototyping
Self paced learning
We are seeing an information explosion in recent years. From information being at a premium a few decades back, to open channels a decade back and to the overwhelming content of today, an effective leader has to make sense of all the content they have access to and ensure there is a continuous learning theme within the organisations they lead. Here is a quick approach to distilling knowledge online for self-paced learning.
MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platforms such as Udacity, Coursera, Udemy and edX are bringing best of academic expertise virtually to interested learners everywhere. High-quality content from top universities such as Stanford, Harvard, MIT, LBS, etc is available at accessible price points.
Follow Key Opinion Leaders through social media channels such as LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and others. Participate in comments and learn from discussions in comments. Sign up for interactive webinars and live stream events for Q&A sessions. Subscribe to groups and forums with constructive content.
Traditional channels such as books, podcasts, documentaries, industry association publications, university symposiums, conferences, direct outreach to experts etc. And their modern counterparts such as meetups, virtual conferences, online libraries, and other channels.
Importance of having coach/ mentor
In simple terms the purpose of a coach or a mentor is to help you realise your potential and working with you to achieve your potential. I prefer to use the terms coach and mentor interchangeably in the field of business, however, the subtle difference is that the coach is a domain focused expert while the mentor is more relationship oriented. We will use the term coach here for convenience.
Main advantages of having a coach are
- an expert to speak with openly about your goals, motivation and obstacles
- someone genuinely interested in you reaching your potential and working with you towards your goals
- receiving constructive and unbiased performance feedback with recommendations to improve
- a customised approach to growing at the right pace without personal bias
- learn from their toolkit, network, perspectives, experiences, expertise and failures
- add value to business strategy with holistic inputs – market gap, niche, industry, etc
Lastly, some people are hesitant to work with a coach due to the level of openness it entails requiring one to be truly vulnerable. On the other end of the spectrum are people who are overtly self-confident and have a hero image, making them believe they do not require a coach. It is not a surprise that top leaders in all walks of life, from business, medicine, media, politics and sports have coaches to help them grow to their potential.