development is at the center of my practice. And at the center
of every effective leader is a healthy, ever-growing human
being a person who is intentional, authentic and contributes
to the organization in a highly-positive, visible way.
Why leaders call us
Leaders often need to change their perspectives,
capabilities or approach. Yet they may not have appropriate resources
within their organizations or social circles to help them grow.
So we bring experience and capacity, plus objectivity, to help
leaders effect these changes.
How I work
In working with leaders our first task is to clearly
articulate the desired business results. We decide who will do
what to accomplish these goals. It's not enough to achieve desired
results by applying external resources. We strive to increase
capacity within the leader and the organization.
The methods we use to grow leadership depend upon
the situation. Sometimes we perform an assessment to identify
individual leaders' strengths and growth opportunities. I offer
onsite support, training and coaching to help leaders develop
and integrate new capabilities. See Executive
Coaching for additional detail.
Samples of what we've helped leaders achieve:
- Take charge in a new leadership assignment
- Effect succession planning, including leaving
- Identify and make specific performance improvements
- Develop skills to take advantage of a new opportunity
- Establish a more satisfying and sustainable
- Improve communications with staff, board, external
- Align people and resources toward most critical
- Optimize executive team effectiveness
- Optimize personal style to align with the organization's
- Lead critical organizational changes (business
models, merger, downsizing)
These beliefs guide my approach to leadership development:
- Leadership skills can be developed in
each of us.
- Leadership development begins within, at the
core, where values, passion, and beliefs are held.
- Self-awareness, authenticity, congruence, purpose
and intentionality are critical to effectiveness.
- Leadership is as much about "being"
as it is about "doing".
- Leadership development, like human development,
is an ongoing life process. It can't be mastered. One's effectiveness
increases with thoughtful practice and interaction with others.
- Leadership as a life path is a worthy pursuit.
It can rewarding and challenging in its responsibilities.
You'll find more information about Leadership
Development in the Workroom.