Quite often, leaders know what to do to improve, but they don’t it! That’s what HR thought leader David Ulrich and leadership expert Norm Smallwood discovered during research for their new book, “Leadership Sustainability: Seven Disciplines to Achieve the Changes Great Leaders Know They Must Make.”
In the book David and Norm share step-by-step how leaders can turn their good intentions into effective actions so they don’t slip into their old way of doing things.
Here’s what he had to say:
What makes an effective leader?
Effective leadership does not just come from what a person knows or does, but how their leadership affects others.
While it is important to develop your own leadership strengths - those strengths are incomplete unless they strengthen and empower your team members to succeed. There is no point in setting a vision that no one follows. Effective leadership is about using your emotional intelligence and leadership strengths to help others find meaning and purpose.
In your book, you discuss leadership sustainability - what does this mean?
Norm and I found that quite often leaders know what to do to improve (through 360, performance review or training), but they don’t do it! Turning what we know into what we do is never easy since so much of what we do is through habits.
But to be more effective leaders, we need to sustain what we intend. We scanned the literature to discover seven disciplines of sustaining change. These disciplines are specific and actionable. Any leader who masters them will not only desire to improve, but actually make change happen.
How can leaders turn their good intentions into effective action?
The seven critical disciplines an individual can master to build leadership effectiveness are:
- Simplicity: Focus on the few key behaviors that will have the most impact.
- Time: Allocate your time so your calendar matches your intentions.
- Accountability: Take personal responsibility for doing what you say you will do.
- Resources: Support your leadership with effective, ongoing coaching and HR systems.
- Tracking: Develop metrics for measuring your leadership improvement.
- Melioration: Learn from your mistakes and demonstrate resilience.
- Emotion: Draw on deep personal values to keep yourself motivated.
Was there anything that you would like to say about the exclusive book signing event you are hosting with Halogen Software?
I am always honoured to meet colleagues who are committed to building competitive and compassionate organisations. Our work hopefully offers insights on how to think about and act as more effective business and HR leaders.
I am particularly committed to helping leaders deliver value to key stakeholders. I look forward to the opportunity to network and discuss leadership sustainability!
Join us for a VIP networking hour and book signing with David Ulrich!
Heading to the AHRI National Convention August 26 & 27? Don’t miss your chance to meet David in person the evening before his keynote at the conference.
Join us Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 for a great hour of discussion and networking. Receive a complimentary copy of David’s latest book, and have it personally signed.
Reserve your spot on the guest list today!