Leadership – engaging people to excel and succeed
Leading people successfully poses very different challenges today than it did not so long ago. Managers today not only need to excel at mastering organisational complexity, but also need to be led successfully to create a positive environment for adaptive, engaged and inspired performance
Leadership Essentials is all about gaining the necessary insights and competencies to meet these challenges well-equipped.
Leading an organisation to success and sustainability is at least as much an emotional challenge, as it is an intellectual one.
In fact, some of the biggest challenges leaders ever face are emotional, rather than factual in nature.
Take any large-scale change initiative, merger and acquisition, or other major strategic move. The single most significant challenge you’re likely to tackle is changing the very habits and behaviour of people...
...To make them really believe in and be inspired by organisational objectives, embrace the right mindsets, and explore new ways of working. This often proves to be the single factor that – no matter how brilliant the original concept – makes or breaks the initiative.
Engage people successfully and win, or miss out and be doomed to mediocrity.
Emotions play a central role in leading a successful – and sustainable – organisation.
Simply put : no matter what industry you’re in, ultimately it’s your people who will make a difference to your business.
People also happen to be the single largest investment factor to most businesses, and the greatest untapped reservoir of talent, performance and productivity – waiting to be unleashed..
Making it work: Leading organisations to sustained success
In Latin, the root of the word ‘emotion’ is ‘emovere’ meaning ‘ to move away’. This should serve as a good reminder that it is emotions that create momentum and prompt people to act, change, and perform for the better – or not. Leaders who embrace and master the ‘heart work’ that true leadership requires, can go a long way.
The global economic crisis has shown us very clearly how insufficient communication, inappropriately handled cost saving initiatives and the resulting emotional reactions, can stifle organisations. Meanwhile, others manage to simultaneously save costs, keep focused on opportunities, and find ways to ride the storm successfully.
Stepping up to the challenge
Leaders are expected to achieve results through the people they lead.
In order to accomplish this, leaders must bring out the best in people by working effectively through emotions. The emotional aspects of leadership can have an enormous impact on organisational climate, and the achievements of groups and organisations.
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is vital to success in business, and in life in general. Your emotional intelligence determines how well you can tune in to the emotional ‘vibe’ of your organisation, and how you act as a leader. How you relate to others; how you communicate; how effectively you can influence, engage, and inspire people to perform; how you handle crisis situations, and so on. Importantly, unlike intellect or IQ, emotional intelligence is something that can be effectively developed throughout life.
TMI is a pioneer and key player in the corporate application of Emotional Intelligence, including Team EI, Organisational EI, and EI Leadership.
In 1999 Claus Moller, founder of TMI, published one of the first books on Emotional Intelligence, called ‘Heart Work’.
TMI was among the first to develop a validated tool, the Personal EQ Meter, which reliably measures individual EQ (emotional intelligence quotient) and provides specific recommendations for development.
We have developed other innovative tools, including the EI Leadership Activator, which helps managers internalise, and put into practice, the concept of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership.
TMI has designed a comprehensive framework, called the EI Leadership Development Process, helping leaders explore effective leadership habits, styles and practices, and to apply these in practice to create more productive, adaptive and sustainable environments in their organisations.
From Las Vegas to New Delhi, Moscow to Mexico City, we’ve worked with thousands of leaders worldwide, coming from very diverse cultural backgrounds and organisations of all sizes and industries. We have helped them to understand, apply and leverage the power of EI in their organisations to great effect. And we can do the same for you. What is your leadership challenge today?
To manage things and lead people successfully requires specific skill sets that can, and should, be developed and mastered.
The idea of letting a pilot fly an aircraft without a pilot’s certificate would seem ludicrous. Nevertheless, successful professionals in business organisations are often given the responsibility to lead other people and then are left to their own devices, without having the necessary management and leadership competencies, training or experience.
What’s more, managers are often so busy trying to deal with their day-to-day work challenges that they may not even notice failing to live up to their role as leaders. A prerequisite for achieving good results is not just professional excellence, but also people skills and management competence.
Organisations that achieve the best, lasting results tend to be the ones that, at an early stage, set up clear and simple management principles, make sure that everybody has a shared understanding of these, and stick to them in practice – consistently.
TMI can help create a strong and consistent leadership culture across borders, and equip your leaders with the necessary insights and competencies. Our contemporary leadership development programmes provide the hands-on knowledge, insights and techniques it takes to apply leadership approaches in practice – effectively. They enable managers to directly implement principles and integrate new habits in their daily work, whatever their chosen field or specific function.
TMI’s contemporary leadership development offering includes a wide range of pragmatic leadership concepts and tools:
Leadership 1-2-3 – a series of leadership development workshops designed for mid-level managers.
Behavioural Style Patterns and Management – learn about your individual leadership style preferences and how you can flex your style along situational variables for optimum effect
Idea Navigator* – a unique tool and facilitated management workshop to help you creatively explore and resolve problems, and identify new business opportunities
The Crossing– a TMI book and related development offering on 18 keys to reaching your goals