Leadership Development Matters - Post 3

Great leadership can be encouraged and developed at any level of an organization, and building a culture that encourages leadership leads to a healthier work environment. It also helps build a language of teamwork.

The well-researched framework for understanding leadership was developed by the LEADS Collaborative for Health Care Leaders. It consists of five domains:

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

Achieve Results

The third domain in the LEADS framework addresses the importance of goals. In business, as with most activities in life, achieving results is the desired outcome; without results, businesses fail. Deciding on what those “results” will be is also important. Great leaders understand the importance of strategically setting goals, and creating dynamic action plans to achieve them.

For entrepreneurs, a challenge can be focusing so intently on outcomes that the process of great leadership along the way isn’t considered. Bottom line is the only thing.

Cultivating leadership gets the whole team moving
towards a goal in unison,
and a team can achieve much more
than an individual with a vision.

Focusing on important capabilities demonstrated by goal-oriented leaders is helpful in cultivating great leadership. These are:

·        Set Direction – Great leaders inspire a shared vision, communicate clearly and meaningfully to everyone on the team what that vision is, and encourage its evolution. They show enthusiasm for aspiring and daring to set and achieve extraordinary accomplishments.

·        Strategically Align Decision with vision, values and evidence – When setting sights on achieving greatness, it is important that the goals are in line with the overall values of the organization. As well, solid evidence backing their potential is necessary.

·        Implement Decisions – Achieving success, as defined by the goals, is a result of taking action – doing concrete things to achieve results. Hallmarks of great leaders: they are guided by values and principles, consider efficiency and effectiveness. Cultivating this model of implementation in others helps foster leadership throughout the organization.

·        Assess and Evaluate – Measuring and evaluating outcomes, and creating ongoing plans based on this evaluation allows leaders to correct how their team will achieve success. Understanding the need to evolve expectations based on incoming data, and streamline processes to maximize the potential for extraordinary results are activities imperative to great leadership.

It’s important to work together with teams, service providers and other entrepreneurs to keep the focus on achieving greatness by being results-focused. Meeting business goals is imperative to success.

How will you model results-focused leadership in your work?

What concrete steps will you take to share your strategic plans with staff and colleagues?

How will you know you are succeeding?

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

Wild Goat will explore the last two  domains,  Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation, and their individual capacities, in the coming weeks.