In order for your organization to be truly successful, all your staff need to know their talents and passions and be allowed to use them in the attainment of your organizational goals. This requires smart leadership and a well thought out, all inclusive culture.
As leaders we need to create a culture that provides the safety and encouragement for people to grow and work in teams. Many leaders want to ‘change’ their organizations in spite of their people. It won’t work.
Many leaders want everyone else to change but themselves. As coaches we can be called to work on ‘problematic’ staff by a leader who herself does not see any room for change in her own life. In a March 2014 McKinsey Quarterly article entitled Change leader, change thyself, the authors Nate Boaz and Erica Ariel Fox, write:
After years of collaborating in efforts to advance the practice of leadership and cultural transformation, we’ve become convinced that organizational change is inseparable from individual change. Simply put, change efforts often falter because individuals overlook the need to make fundamental changes in themselves.
In order to lead others, you need to first lead yourself. Most of your staff are, in one way or another, leaders themselves. The more they know themselves – their strengths and weaknesses, passions and missions – the more productive they will be without having to be manipulated or forced to give their ‘best’.
The journey to knowing oneself is so important that we are working on separate platform dedicated to it.
Employers are looking for people who can lead themselves by showing initiative and creativity. These skills are also vital for self-employment — the driver of the private sector we say we wish to develop as a nation. These skills fall under self – leadership and attaining them requires counseling, training and coaching.