To be an effective leader requires many skills. These will be found in different proportions, depending on the sort of effective leader you are. Yet one skill area in which every effective leader – of whatever type – must excel, is communication. The first step to improving anything about yourself, including your communication skills, is to take what you already do to the highest level.
Many executives have difficulty finding time to spend on language training. If they travel frequently or meet with investors and stakeholders, it may be impossible for them to attend regular classroom sessions.
Failure to keep promises, blaming employees for leadership mistakes, lack of credit, disparaging remarks, silent treatment, poor or no decision making....the list goes on and on. The impact of poor leadership is not simply emotional, it’s financial. Various studies on the subject show that up to 32% of voluntary turnover can be avoided with better leadership. Calculate how much it costs to lose one competent, productive, contributing employee and then multiply that by having to replace 30% of your workforce.
Every year there are new themes emerging in learning and development. Shortly after the 2008/9 crisis hit, everyone wanted 'Finance for Non-Financial Managers' type courses. Strategic Thinking also became a big topic there for a while. You couldn't walk 15 feet through an office at that time without hearing someone using the word 'Strategic'.
A famous quote by John F. Kennedy goes “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Even in this turbulent workplace where we’re expected to adapt to new situations without much time to acquire new knowledge, I couldn’t agree more with this quote. Simply being promoted or given a new title doesn’t turn us into leaders overnight. Rather, it is just the beginning of a long and crucial learning process.