Moving from a managing to leading can be a challenging transition. Providing leadership is complex and involves a combination of business acumen, strategic perspective, ‘vision’, commerciality, analytical skills, creative thinking, self-awareness, confidence, humility, good interpersonal skills, relationship building, the ability to inspire and motivate – it’s a tall order. Most people will need some extra support to help them transition smoothly, whether via coaching, mentoring, training or a combination of them all. Clearly every business has it’s own specific staff development needs however the principles of providing good leadership remain the same whatever sector or industry you’re in.
Leadership training can be very theoretical and people often complain that they don’t know how to put it into practice. I provide leadership training that helps people know ‘how’ to transition into a leadership role effectively hand in hand with developing the self-awareness, confidence and desire to make it happen.
I was asked to create a three-day leadership programme for a Leading International Design and Engineering Consultancy. As a global business, becoming a project or group leader may involve leading remote teams in several countries with different time zones, nationalities, cultural differences, suppliers or partners from different firms. It’s not an easy transition and many people struggle to step away from ‘the detail’ into providing leadership and allowing others to take ownership. In the words of a candidate “running the project is easy it’s the people aspects that are the challenge!”
I worked with their training department to create a course that would take each participant on a very personal as well as practical journey, so that over the three days they had a chance to explore what being a project or group leader meant ‘in theory, in practice and via taking action’.
- Identifying your leadership strengths as well as development needs
- Developing greater self-awareness and an understanding of ‘how’ you lead
- Developing a greater understanding of how others ‘need’ to be lead
- Developing your leadership style and what it means to be an effective project leader
- Understanding how to manage teams effectively
- Gaining confidence around developing and managing individual performance
- Communicating with greater influence and impact