Leadership is about people. And to lead people we first need to be able to lead ourselves.
Self-awareness is the foundation of great leadership. When the 75 members of Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Advisory Council rated the top leadership capability, the results were nearly unanimous: self awareness. When a leader understands their own drives, motivations, strengths, weaknesses, values and potentials, they are more able to understand and get the best from people.
What people often value most in their work are relationships, particularly with a manager who shows care for them as a person. A bad or ineffectual relationship with their line manager is the most common reason people leave an organisation. Leaders with high technical proficiency and low emotional intelligence and people skills risk mismanaging increasingly diverse workforces and reducing performance. According to the Corporate Leadership Council, the primary causes of derailment in executives involve low emotional intelligence, particularly difficulty handling change, poor teamwork and interpersonal relationships.
We focus on helping leaders develop the self-awareness, people skills, mindful habits and resilience that lead to successful outcomes for themselves, their business and the people they lead. We teach them how the brain and people work best so they can be more productive, engage people and elicit great performance.