Every organization needs to develop continuously in order to survive in extremely competitive business environment. Resting on your laurels is not an option at all considering a lot of companies are spending billions of dollars on formulating systems, policies and procedures that will promote continuous development in their workplace. Those companies which underestimate the importance of continuous development ultimately struggle and are exploited by those who are really good at it.
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Belief Set of Successful People:
People who enjoy success in leadership and entrepreneurship have a very specific belief set. They develop strong self determination, personal commitment, and the passion to do something new and unique in their workplace and above all, they take ownership of everything they do. These people are successful because they choose to be successful. They understand that they need to keep on working hard and develop their skills continuously to achieve attainable success.
Key Principles of Coaching:
Leadership coaching is quite common these days, the basic purpose of which is to help leaders and entrepreneurs enhance their skill set and capabilities. However, Chris Coffey, in his webinar, “what Got You Here Wouldn’t Got You There” suggests a coaching system that is based on only three coaching principles that is, stakeholders’ involvement, and emphasizing feed forward and changing our and other’s behaviors and to measure this change as well.
Involving stakeholders means perfectly analyzing the mental capacity of every individual, what are his desires and skill levels and whether he is suitable for your organization or not. Secondly, giving positive and constructive feedback about the performance of every individual is also very important if you want to promote continuous improvement in your organization.
Human beings usually do only three things that are they think, they feel and they behave. But, these things are not enough to grow as a businessman or entrepreneur. You have to develop the skill of listening to others with open mind, be humble to them and change your thinking and working style if their opinions have some weight.
In the context of above discussion, following is an illustration that explains how to encourage development process in your organization.
Leaders develop a lot of habits over the years as they have to deal with different types of people and encounter different types of problems. Some of these habits are easily noticeable while others go unnoticed for years and years, making things rather difficult for such leaders. This is where a good coach can come to your rescue and help you to develop continuously or ‘change our behaviors’ with the passage of time so that you can run your organization in best manner possible. Some of the most common unnoticeable habits are given below.
- Winning too much
- Adding too much value
- Making destructive remarks about others
- Starting with “No,” “But,” or “However
- Failing to give proper recognition
- Clinging to the past
- Not listening to others
- An excessive need to be “me”
Most Worked on Leadership Skills:
Following is a representative list of skills a good leader should work on to encourage continuous development in his organization to successfully compete with others who are spending a lot of money on this aspect of their business. Some of these skills are as under.Treat others with respect
- Listen to different opinions with open mind
- Delegate your powers more effectively
- Check those individuals who undermine teamwork
- Improve your decision making skills
- Timely deal with performance problems
- Address conflict timely and constructively
- Collaborate with others
Business owners should think seriously about developing not only their own skill sets but also encourage their employees to improve their performance continuously. Leaders should adopt a new approach towards their business and learn how to adapt to the changes in the modern business environment if they want to survive and thrive.