WHY THE NEED?
ARE YOUR PEOPLE IN MANAGEMENT ROLES SEEN AS AUTHENTIC LEADERS? IF NOT, YOU WILL NEVER FULLY ENGAGE YOUR WORKFORCE AND ACHIEVE THE RESULTS YOUR ORGANISATION IS TRULY CAPABLE OF.
If you want to stop a room full of leaders dead in their tracks, ask them this ‘Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?’
London Business School professor Rob Goffee and Centre for Management Development fellow Gareth Jones asked precisely that question, writing a Harvard Business Review best-selling book of the same name.
Being a leader can be exhilarating. It can also be exhausting.
If our spirit is low and our energy depleted, how can we possibly realise our extraordinary visions? Sure, we might have a meaningful purpose, but how can we make that resonate with our followers if they’re not completely engaged with us at every level?
What most leaders fail to recognise is that to gain more buy-in from followers they don’t need more leadership, they need to create a culture of ‘’ownership’; one in which people feel a sense of belonging to something bigger, led by a leader who confidently stands apart, ignites passion, engenders enthusiasm, and embodies the values and vision they espouse.
This inspirational leadership development programme will give you and your leaders renewed energy and even greater leadership skills to lead with purpose. This leadership training gives you the opportunity to do more than build a team, create a culture and instil values (all worthy goals). What this program does is support you – with skill – in creating one of the most meaningful workplaces on the planet. And you don’t need to be someone else. All you need, as we say in the programme, is to “be yourself -MORE – with SKILL”.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T?
Trust in leaders is at an all-time low. And, as in any relationship where trust is low, so is morale, motivation and engagement. When engagement is low, performance slowly begins to drop. Organisations become “the killing fields” of the human spirit, your leaders are not seen as authentic and they begin to lose the respect of their people.
The problems with leaders who are seen as inauthentic are many:
- They put so much of their energy into trying to be someone they’re not. Energy that could be going into developing people or serving customers.
- They get tired, they “burn out”; it takes a lot of energy to pretend you’re someone you’re not.
- They never really get to shine using their own gifts and talents, they’re always trying to be copies of somebody else.
- We sense it, we smell it, and we label them as phonies and never quite trust them.
- They always think they have to have all the answers and be strong at all times, so we never see their vulnerabilities. And it’s the sharing of these vulnerabilities that connects us to them. That makes them human.
- So their people never let their own guards down, never put their hands up and ask for help, and never let us know what’s really happening.
- That’s why teams with inauthentic leaders are never as effective because they rarely experience what it means to be in a team, where each other’s gifts and talents compensate for each other’s vulnerabilities and weaknesses.
- As followers, we’re never exactly sure what our leaders stand for, we don’t know their values, their beliefs, or their needs or even their expectations of us. So we find ourselves reluctant to follow because they seem reluctant to lead.
- People don’t follow reluctant leaders, they simply go through the motions and never quite engage.
- When leaders have this disconnect from their teams they rarely understand the real barriers to achieving strategic initiatives.
- They never get the sort of performance that individuals or teams are capable of or need to face the challenges of doing business today.
A BRIEF OVERVIEW
This BlessingWhite two-day leadership development programme is a very different approach to leadership. It will help you find that courage. It’s based NOT on what great leaders do, but what leaders would need to do for their followers to be committed to them.
This is a very different approach than just studying great leaders and trying to emulate them. Where most leadership workshops just teach skills, “Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?” gets at the very heart of why you want to lead in the first place and who you need to “BE” to do so.
- Time and time again four distinct follower needs surfaced in Goffee and Jones’ Research with one central idea. You can get more detail on these needs by reading their Harvard Business Review Article, one of their most downloaded articles in business history.
The key idea is that effective leaders “excite followers to exceptional performance”.
the human enterprise have facilitated this workshop in Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, China and the Middle East. It resonates everywhere. Why? Because the key needs of followers of their leaders remain the same.It’s what we call making your CASE as an effective leader. We’ll have you demonstrating and practising exactly how to do this, along with feedback from your peers in this breakthrough two-day programme.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES AND BENEFITs
|HOW THE PROGRAMME WORKS||WHICH MEANS FOR YOU|
|Pre-work that asks the leader to come to the programme with a real live business challenge where their leadership is essential.||You immediately get to apply the methodology to a real issue so the ideas make immediate sense and you get an immediate payoff.|
|Prework and Workshop Activities that get you clear on your top 5 values||You start to build your leadership on what you believe in, your strengths, your resolve to be you and use your values as the core of your conviction.|
|Upfront Sponsor Involvement||Your manager becomes part of the learning, linking your experience to a relevant strategic issue and organisational imperatives.|
|You’ll learn how to peer coach through Peer Group Consulting||You build an even stronger team bond with your colleagues as you help each other solve your organisation’s most pressing business issues in this “working session”.|
|Personal Action Planning||You’ll come away with a specific action plan to excite others to exceptional performance based on your specific business challenge AND a framework for doing this with every business issue you face in your career from there on in.|
|A simple online feedback process that offers a reality check on the needs of leaders’ followers||Similar to a 360° Report, you'll gain feedback on 8 specific behaviours under the 4 keys to gaining follower engagement. You immediately see how authentic you appear to others and what to do about it if something's missing.|
|The importance of Context, Framing, and Scene Setting||Followers get on your "wavelength". They see how their work contributes to the whole.|
|Feedback from a significant other person in your life||Leadership doesn't stop at work. You'll get insights into how you're seen outside of work and if this aligns with who you want and need to be.|
|A 4-step template of how to kick off any new project, or new connection, where you want to quickly let others know who you are and how they can get behind you||You'll start building trust and credibility with others as your personal leadership brand comes to life.|
|Time-out for personal reflection through a series of structured exercises||What's the point of leading if it doesn't give you more "life". You'll gain real clarity on what's important to you in life overall, not just your role as a leader.|
|A copy of the best-selling Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?||A great way to reinforce all the learnings from the workshop and keep your new commitments to being the best leader you can be.|
This was a transformational course for our leadership team. The CASE framework resonated and is being used already throughout the team, in words and actions. I am personally in the midst of a change of job and it is the entire foundation of my thinking for my new job. Aside from the ‘normal’ training material, Paul threw in numerous, highly relevant tricks from his experience and the team loved them. He is an engaging, compassionate, challenging transformer of people.
Lorna Davis, Chairman & President, Kraft Foods China
Utilising the human enterprise was one of the wisest and rewarding choices we have made in our leadership development programmes. We engaged t.h.e. to run the programme Why Should Anyone be Led by You? to our leaders involved in our talent programmes. The programme material provides a highly effective way for others to be themselves…MORE…with skill. Thus, focusing on their individual strengths and talents to develop into effective leaders versus trying to put everyone into a leadership style box. The follow-up process and resulting behavioural and business improvements have demonstrated the programme’s success. The most difficult part of the programme is introducing Paul and then having a chance to get out of the way before Paul gets into delivery mode. The accolades are many for his delivery style but passion, intelligence, fun and connecting with an audience made up of many different personality types are the things we value and appreciate in Paul’s facilitation. If you have someone who cannot get engaged, excited, involved during one of Paul’s programmes then I would suggest you check their pulse!
Chip Graf, HR Specialist, Learning & Development, Fujitsu, Australia Ltd
The feedback that came out of this programme was fantastic, with the majority of the attendees rating this programme Superior, better than any other programme attended. The workshop has many practicable elements with tools & techniques which are very easy to remember and therefore apply post-workshop. This was a cross-functional leadership team and Paul was able to adapt his facilitation style to this audience. The participants came out of the programme with excellent feedback on Paul, including great energy, engaging and a huge amount of knowledge. Paul was able to create a very relaxed, positive learning environment with a huge dose of passion!
Elle Dias, National HR Manager, Red Bull Australia
Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? is not just a leadership development programme. It is a real tool to identify real business challenges and help team members with real solutions or actions.
Chris Gray, Managing Director, Hasbro Australia Limited
It’s funny – I’ve done heaps of leadership training over the last 20 years but the stuff that sticks with me is the stuff that you’ve delivered in your engaging and entertaining fashion. Even this week I passed on the C.A.S.E. methodology to one of my guys – who is lapping it up.
Mick McDonald, VP Global Quality, R&D Wrigley
I regularly reflect on the time that I had the chance to learn from you during your time at Red Bull Australia, helping us steer the ship. I often talk to my colleagues about you and what you provided us in the way of rapid growth – particularly through Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?
I wanted to let you know that I learned more about leadership and was provided more usable tools and tactics from you in a couple of years than I’d received from other sources.
Ivan Mennim, Director of Sports Marketing, West Business Unit, Red Bull North America
We have some fantastic Managers who have deep functional expertise, strong drive for results and demonstrate accountability for themselves and their teams. But what if they decided to play a greater role? What if they could take accountability for their followers including peers, their boss, and the needs of the broader organisation?
We conducted the two-day programme Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? and the verbatim feedback from participants spoke to the power of the course. But for me the impact has been in the behaviour in the subsequent two months – greater ownership of the broader business, improved listening, real authenticity and a step-change in peer feedback/coaching. I congratulate the human enterprise on the course and the legacy impact they have created.
Peter West, General Manager, Mars Snackfood Australia and New Zealand
*NB: All roles and organisations were accurate at the time the testimonials were provided
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