How nineteen strategies can help you become a successful leader
8/11/2010“Leadership is a journey; it is not a destination. You will never know all there is to know about leadership because the people and organizations involved in that process continually change.” That quote is from Dr. Mac McGuire, instructor of CIE’s Professional Development Center course “Nineteen Strategies for Successful Leaders.” The nineteen strategies explored in the course are the result of Dr. McGuire’s career research and study of corporate leadership. In his work, McGuire has identified nineteen key strategies that are utilized by today’s most successful business leaders.
Building trust, developing a high-performing team, and displaying honesty and integrity are just a few of the goals of these strategies. This interactive course allows participants ample opportunity to share their own experiences and receive feedback in break-out discussions.
Three of the nineteen strategy areas include:
- Trust – Building trust is critical—but how? Can is trust broken? How do we rebuild it IF we break it or WHEN we break it? McGuire discusses the need to have the loyalty and support of your staff in order to lead them effectively. The course also highlights how leaders can engender mutual trust among staff members to achieve common goals.
- Vision – A leader’s vision or clear direction is also an imperative for success. The leader must fully and clearly explain where the organization is going and place the staff in that vision so each employee understands how their individual role contributes to the organization's success. A strategic plan and a strong sense of accountability among staff are also required to ensure that the team is working on the right goals. Learn how the organizational strategic plan and the individual strategic plan must be congruent for maximum effectiveness.
- Communication – Leaders must work constantly to improve communication between themselves and employees. Where there is a communications vacuum, employees will make and share assumptions that can bring productivity to a grinding halt. Effective leaders must seek feedback from staff members in order to provide clarity and encourage two-way dialogue. Be prepared to give short speeches to your full staff in support of our goals.
When asked to identify the greatest advantages a participant will gain by taking this course, Dr. McGuire answers "The opportunity to evaluate one's own leadership style through interactive communication with the other participants, and deciding upon areas for improvement. Success in leadership requires an intentional and deliberate improvement of one's leadership style through self-awareness and self-evaluation."
To learn more about “Nineteen Strategies for Successful Leaders,” please visit the Professional Development Web site. Room is still available for this one-day course on August 24, October 6 and December 7. Register today.