Marshall Goldsmith in “What got you here, won’t get you there” talks about leadership, primarily about senior level people in organisations (senior managers, to directors to VP’s or CEO’s).
My take on what Goldsmith talks about, is that in order to be a great leader you do not have to be a great technical expert. The fact that you are at senior levels in an organisation already, will be due partly to your technical accomplishments as well as your leadership capabilities.
At the beginning of any career path, technical expertise is important, although technical expertise alone will not get you to, nor keep you at the top of your game.
One of the biggest contributing factors is the team that you have around you and how you develop and motivate your team. (If you are a sole trader or SME, then one of the things that will help, will be recognising your core strengths and ensuring that you play to these… more on this at a later date).
Q. Would you prefer to have a superb Customer Services Manager that has great customer services techniques?
Q. Would you prefer to have a superb Customer Services Manager that could teach those great customer service skills to their team?
I appreciate that most people would probably answer the latter – and you’d be right.
Most of us want to work for someone that will keep us engaged in the role, who can engage with us as individuals and who can encourage and motivate the whole team to deliver the results. Are you someone who does this effectively?
Would your team agree with you?
What would they say about you if they were to provide feedback about you and or your leadership style?
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Looking to further develop your leadership skills?
The first place to look once you’ve increased your own self-awareness is in the mirror. As Galilei once said, “One cannot teach a man anything. One can only enable him to learn from within himself”
Are you prepared to look at yourself to improve you and your team?
If so, get in touch – we can support you to improve your leadership abilities by increasing your own self-awareness. We can also work with you to create bespoke programmes to increase the leadership abilities for you and your team.