Dealing with an increasing complex workplace has become a major leadership development issue.
We work with clients to develop their leadership capability through a wide range of interventions including; leadership development programmes, training design and delivery, development needs assessment and the facilitation of strategic planning workshops.
We see leadership as essentially a relational act. Leadership is not exclusively the property of the individual but is developed and applied in our interactions with others. In our increasingly complex world, it is not possible for any single individual to possess all of the skills and abilities required to deliver the strategy. The leader mobilises others towards shared goals.
It is in the way leaders create meaning and transform relationships which, ultimately, transforms organisations. Leadership, seen in this light, becomes less about control and more about influence.
Leaders are those who are able to think at a high level of complexity as well as demonstrating emotional intelligence. We see our role as facilitating the development of these abilities through transformational learning.
“There is one thing that I have become certain of and that is that the methods that have been used in the past to develop leaders really, truly, categorically will not be enough for the complexity of challenges which are on their way for organizations...”
- Nick Petrie, Future Trends in Leadership Development,
Center for Creative Leadership
Core leadership skills
The competences demonstrated by effective leaders
Engage in multiple dimensional thinking
Effective leaders have the ability to look at situations from different lenses, different points of view and to understand their interdependencies.
Intentionally seek out new perspectives
People demonstrating high levels of cognitive complexity and emotional intelligence tend to be more open to new ways of seeing the world.
Employ systems thinking
Effective leaders will understand organisations as complex adaptive systems.
Confident dealing with ambiguity and paradox
Leaders will need to demonstrate high levels of cognitive complexity and are able to hold multiple conflicting and contradictory views together, this is necessary to develop creative responses.
Building connections between employees, processes and tools to meet goals
Effective leaders achieve their goals by bringing together stakeholders in a way that generates solutions, shared meaning and inspires action towards common goals.
Ability to implify complexity for those they lead
Leaders are able to influence the narrative which, in turn, directs individual and team behaviour.