Leadership Development Matters - Post 4

The healthcare field has provided a great service to leaders by researching and defining what attributes create great leadership. They’ve shown that when leadership is encouraged and developed throughout an organization, a culture of healthy workplace, innovation and success results. Knowledgeable Executive Coaches use this information to bring out the best leadership qualities in their clients.

The LEADS Collaborative for health care leaders generously shares its framework. It consists of five domains:

Lead Self
Engage Others
Achieve Results
Develop Coalitions, and
Systems Transformation

Develop Coalitions

The fourth domain in the LEADS framework addresses the importance of teamwork, and relationship-building.

Cultivated relationships help businesses and services share knowledge, capacity and service.

Each entrepreneurial field can be challenging when faced alone. Finding and sustaining success is rare, and developing coalitions helps breed success. Look beyond your business to colleagues around you who are also building their businesses; a referral marketing group like Business Network International (BNI) can help you cultivate quality connections.

The LEADS framework has identified and measured four important capabilities to help focus on productive strategies when developing coalitions. These are:

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·        Intentionally building partnerships – results-focused networking is fundamental. Cultivating trusted connections and shared meaning between individuals and groups builds success. Collaboration. Cooperation. Key frameworks for success.

·        Customers (and Customer Service) are key – committing to improved service for both individual and shared customers helps build coalitions, reputation and connections that will serve leaders. Diverse perspectives and abilities adds a richness and depth to business capacities.

·        Build knowledge and intelligence – leaders realise that in today’s business world, they cannot (and should not) be the ‘knowledge keepers’. Building teams that can mobilize information across systems encourages sharing of strategies that will influence actions and build success.

·        Understand larger political frameworks – when building teams that are flexible and informed, one advantage is superior capacity to negotiate conflict and support in changing environments.

Whether you’re building a superior product or service, building a strong coalition makes the work more satisfying and successful. It’s a pleasure to work towards a shared and meaningful goal when the people you work with are focused and leading their teams and sharing their strategies, information and success with you.

When you look around, who do you see that you would love to be working with?
Which business leaders have complimentary knowledge and capacity that would propel your business to the next level?
What three steps can you take to build professional relationships with them?

Pay attention to your colleagues.
Look for chances to work collaboratively.
Align yourself with colleagues you are proud to work with,
who share your values and vision for success.

http://www.leadersforlife.ca/ – Some of this content is from their brochure LEADS in a Caring Environment