Why are executive leadership development programmes so crucial for businesses? Surely if you are an executive in a company you are a leader, right? Wrong! It does not take much to be a manager, but it's a whole different thing being a Leader. Many people do not understand the importance of leadership development, and how important it is to work with a leadership development coach on your leadership development journey.   

Executives are often able to lead the direction a business will follow for financial success, however, often undervalue the importance of getting the entire team on board and winning support to head in the right direction. The "FIFO" method is not a winning leadership style; you need your team to back and support you to gain lasting success.   

So what is leadership development and who should attend? It all starts from within, your ability to lead yourself, and then, in turn, others. You need to start by reflecting and developing yourself, achieve personal mastery. Mastering "YOU" refers amongst other factors in developing traits such as self-confidence, self-discipline, adaptability and your life-balance.  

A good manager can drive people to success, however, as a leader, it's about being able to connect with people, build supportive, trusting relationships. Why is this important? Apart from your ability to come up with the big ideas, it is essential to listen to others and get their input, if you can't get "buy-in" on your thoughts and direction you will fail as a leader.  

When asked who should take part in leadership development programmes, I say, anyone who is managing people, running a business big or small, individuals earmarked for growth in the company, and all executives in the business.   

Why are executive leadership development programmes important? Because, many managers by default hold executive director positions, without having been developed into leaders, and with limited time, increased pressure and constant demands from shareholders or investors to deliver results, they often do not get the opportunity of focusing on becoming a fully rounded leader, tragically resulting in personal and business failure. 

If you were investing in a business, where would you spend your money? With a group of executives who have stepped up through the ranks and are now managing the company, or would you invest with a group of executives who have taken time to develop themselves, done the "PT" and are focused on leading the business forward.  

For improved business success, invest in yourself, your future leaders and your current executive team and join one of the great executive leadership development programmes available.  

For more details on what programmes are available email sonjashear@ssconsult.co.za.   

Managers light fires under people. Leaders ignite fires within people!   

With the ever-evolving changes in Artificial intelligence (AI) we are seeing more and more tasks being carried out by machines. Many industries and employees are questioning their future and sustainability as machines replace man. One thing we know a machine cannot do is express emotions. Yes, a robot can be interactive and even talk to you, answer your questions and appear to be in a conversation but words are just words if expressed without emotion.

As humans, we don't robotically express words; we feel them and in most cases understand their impact on the ones we are expressing them to. Try telling someone they have upset you in words, without tone or emotion. Try to express yourself without emotion when someone cuts you off in traffic causing you to swerve into the pavement, this is usually an impossible task. You are an emotional being and your programming links feelings, thoughts, actions and words.

Our brains automatically trigger a reaction to a stimulus based on our past experiences in a similar or same situation, and just like an automatic "bot", you have a programmed response.

The similarity between humans and AI is that just like you can change the programming and teach new responses and behaviour in AI, so too can you do this in humans. This is known as developing emotional intelligence.

If we can understand what our triggers are, we can change our response in every situation, ensuring we always get the results we want. 

The process is simple; we need to understand our internal programming, take a step by step approach to changing the way we react to situations until we naturally program our brains to respond in a "new" way.

Step 1: I pause and recognise 

Step 2: I understand 

Step 3: I manage the impact 

The emotional intelligence workshops that we present, which have been developed by Leadership dynamics® focus on enabling individuals to recognise, understand and manage the impact of emotion on their behaviour, in order to engage with others effectively and achieve the desired result. What this means, is that you will be able to control the way you react in any situation by managing your emotions. 

You need to reprogram your reactions and develop your emotional intelligence if you want to improve your interaction with others and get better results out of every situation in your life.  This applies to relationships with your peers, your family, your partner, your co-workers and your team. 

Who can benefit from developing their emotional intelligence? Anyone who deals with people, is in a relationship, works with or within a team, who deals with customers, drives in the traffic, shops in retail stores, has children, has friends or who breathes.

Make the change and improve your internal technology by getting your team to complete our emotional intelligence programme, and see the future and sustainability of your business come back into focus.

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