As consultants we primarily advise our clients. But we in the constantly changing environment in which we live, we need to also provide them leadership to help them achieve their goals. Our discussion will look at how to develop our own skills and abilities to do that.
Genuine leadership is an inside job, which means everyone has the seed of leadership potential within them. Rob Sheehan, Director of Executive Education at the University of Maryland, says "People can definitely develop good leadership capabilities... All you really have to do is work to develop those traits to their utmost."
Today more than ever, we are experiencing major shifts in business, life, and thought, which now requires a paradigm shift in leadership, effective leadership, that will support the "new normal" being created. Effective leadership requires sharpening your diagnostic skills to assess how you can add value - and help your clients add value - and broaden your leadership portfolio to deliver that value. That means you knowing your unique strengths to capitalize on your B.I.G. (Birth. Internal. Greatness.) and pinpointing the weaknesses that can hinder that B.I.G. from coming through.
While the qualities of great leadership are seen and experienced on the outside by others, the inherent traits that you are born with must first be identified, developed and cultivated from within you. Becoming an effective leader requires that you 1) sharpen your ability to diagnose your leadership potential and 2) assess how you can draw out your leadership potential to deliver authentic value to your clients.
Discussion leader Chareen Goodman, The Leadership Mixologist™, is the Founder and Managing Director of Elevate Worldwide Corporation, a management consulting, business coaching, and leadership development firm committed to bringing human performance to life for world class organizations focused on growth and scale. With over 20 years of experience, Chareen has led and managed the implementation of global systems, designed business strategies and executed tactics for achieving business goals.