I believe a simple shift is at the heart of future Learning and Leadership.
For decades we’ve trained leaders in the skills and traits we want from them (Skillset), then provided the resources to deploy them (Toolset) but questioned their commitment when it fizzles out (Mindset).
By flipping the approach, it becomes much clearer... Get everyone thinking the same way about what we want to achieve and what we want that to feel like (Mindset). Then co-create the responsibilities, accountabilities and measures that will help us to monitor if it’s working (Toolset). Then... coach and develop the skills required to achieve all of this (Skillset).
It can be exhausting to keep trying to figure out what ‘state’ you’re in every day, and which psychometric box you fit into; add to that the task of constantly assessing others in the same way, to understand what they need from you at any one time.
Equally, I’m not sure I can survive another round of, “Why is ‘leadership’ better that ‘management’?”... Aargh! It’s no wonder we’re so stressed.
Good news! There is another way.
Over time, we’ll need to lead in different ways, and our people will need different types of support from us... FACT. However, what’s the best way to understand what these are? Simple: Ask. Talk. Listen. Be interested. Be Curious... Lead with a ‘Coaching Style’.