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Transforming Leadership What does that mean for you? Simply put, if you have a desire to be an effective leader in any area of your life, you must be proficient in various leadership skills. Our research identified 60 specific skills in five categories (pillars) as critical to becoming a transforming leader. The skills required to be successful will vary depending on the situation and the need. We found skills are not independent of each other; they are interdependent. They build on one another like LEGO® blocks. The first step? Become “Self-Aware” of your leadership skills levels before you set out on a training or development track. If you have gaps or deficiencies in your skills, we encourage you to investigate further—and design a development plan. CRG will help you do that. The Five Categories/Pillars of Transforming Leadership 1. Transforming Leaders have first-rate Self-Management Skills. If you can’t manage yourself, how can you possibly lead others? The clearer you are about who you are, the more credibility you have as a leader. Who you are includes your values, beliefs, purpose, goals, plans, wellness, confidence level, positive mental attitude, and your willingness to be a continuous learner. 2. Transforming Leaders have excellent Interpersonal Communication Skills. The ability to talk has little to do with successful communication. An effective leader is an effective communicator. That includes understanding and being able to implement the skills of attending, observing, suspending, questioning, listening, challenging, and being assertive. 3. Transforming Leaders demonstrate Coaching, Counselling, and Problem-Management Skills. You need to be able to lead yourself, communicate with others, coach and help others solve problems, and persuade and influence others to own their problems. Do you know how to show advanced empathy and encourage others to identify and be accountable to specific performance and outcomes? Can you manage confrontation and engage the skill of immediacy? Those skills are required in work situations and every day at home in your personal relationships.  4. Transforming Leaders have exceptional Team/Consulting Skills. The dynamics of leadership involve being awake and aware. In this skill set, you address the following skills. • The current state of a team  • The group’s needs, wants, problems, and fears • The readiness and willingness levels of the team and individuals  • How to facilitate and overcome resistance to change • How to design and implement steps and solutions  Can you imagine a sports coach being successful without those skills? 5. Transforming Leaders have outstanding Organizational Development Skills. You must be grounded about yourself; communicate effectively with others; hold individuals accountable for their actions; facilitate team needs, wants, and performance; AND understand how those actions fit into the bigger picture of the organization - and the steps that need to be taken when, with whom, and how. Your understanding of the five stages of organizational development and what is needed to fulfill each one is also critical. Upon reflection, some of you may feel overwhelmed about the prospect and complexity of becoming a Transforming Leader. The fact is that most people don’t engage the process. That’s why there are so few Transforming Leaders!  If you want to rise to the challenge, there are unlimited opportunities. It is a long-term commitment with enormous rewards. Note: Abraham Lincoln was a mature person before he attained the level of leadership skill that motivated people to vote him into the Office of the President of the United States of America. Here are some resources to support you on your Leadership Development journey. • If you are serious about your leadership development and the development of others, the second edition of Transforming Leadership is one of the best resources. The 330-page hardcover book goes into detail on each of the skill sets and provides examples on how to develop and embrace each skill. It is intense and content-driven. If you are looking for light and fluffy, it’s not for you. • To confirm your current Transforming Leadership skills, we suggest you consider the Leadership Skills Inventory 360° (LSI–360) assessment. In the online interface, you can request up to 10 individuals that work with you to provide feedback about you regarding the five pillars and the 60 critical leadership skills. The process is set up to serve small to very large teams. Organizations can deploy the assessment company-wide. A detailed report compares your opinion of yourself to the feedback of the others. • If you are not ready for the LSI–360, then consider the Leadership Skills Inventory–Self (LSI–S) assessment, where you rate yourself on the 60 skills and answer 12 questions about the principles of Transforming Leadership. A report creates an outline of how you are doing in each of the critical leadership skills areas. You immediately see areas where you can improve. Many coaches use this assessment to serve their clients in coaching sessions. One of the 10 truths of today’s most successful leaders is they are continuous learners. Transforming Leaders are constantly growing and learning. LE Ken Keis, MBA, President of CRG, is considered a global authority on the way assessment strategies increase and multiply your success rate. In 25 years, he has made over 3000 presentations and invested 10,000+ hours in consulting and coaching. He is the author of Why Aren’t You More Like Me? Discover the Secrets to Understanding Yourself and Others. Ken’s expertise includes assisting individuals, families, teams, and organizations to realize their full potential and to live On Purpose! Call 604 852-0566 Visit www.crgleader.com Email info@crgleader.com leadership excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 04.2014 46


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