LEADERSHIP SKILLS. NIGEL H. TOMLINSON SHEFFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY. GETTING IT WRONG “I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle the matter by lunch time” Napolean Bonaparte at breakfast with his generals
NIGEL H. TOMLINSON
SHEFFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
“I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle the matter by lunch time”
Napolean Bonaparte at breakfast with his generals
Before the Battle of Waterloo (1815)
“Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy”
General George Patton (1942)
“I think there is a world market for about five computers”
Thomas J. Watson, Chairman of IBM (1943)
“I don’t need bodyguards”
Jimmy Hoffa, Union Boss, one month before his disappearance (1975)
“Business as we know, is so complex and difficult, the survival of organisations so hazardous in an environment increasingly unpredictable, competitive and fraught with danger, that their continued existence depends on their ability to constantly change through effective leadership and the mobilisation of every ounce of intelligence.”
“Leadership can be defined as the will to control events, the understanding to chart a course, and the power to get a task done, co-operatively using the skills and abilities of other people. The goals and requirements of strong, effective leadership will be the same in 2,500 years as they are now.”
Economic Factors and Restructuring
e.g. re-united Germany 1990s
e.g. corporate losses
e.g. drive to reduce costs, higher skills
e.g. increase in tendering organic and acquisitive
Labour Policy & Industrial Relations
e.g. ageing population
e.g. national and trans-national budgets, interest rates, employment law
Environmental Sensing R & D Policy
Environmental Sensing R & D Policy
e.g. quality of life, health, mobility
e.g. reduces product life cycle, investment costs increase
e.g. environmental laws and protection
e.g. raw materials scarcity, supply and demand
“It is not your aptitude, but your attitude that determines your altitude in life” Anonymous
Attributes will always be moulded and dictated by the environment
Source: John C. Maxwell
THE 21 INDISPENSABLE QUALITIES OF A LEADER“The quality of people and their leadership is going to make a bigger difference than the quality of products or the quality of services”Rosabeth Moss Kanter
“Managers deal with complexities, Leaders deal with change”
Richard Branson, Virgin Group
Inspire Trust Control
Think long term Think short term
Ask what and why Ask how and when
Watch the horizon Watch the bottom line
Challenge status quo Accept status quo
Are their own people Are good soldiers
Do the right thing Do things right
“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” Anonymous
The Definition of Leadership: INFLUENCE
The Key To Leadership: PRIORITIES
The Most Important Ingredient of Leadership: INTEGRITY
The Ultimate Test of Leadership: CHANGE
The Quickest Way To Gain Leadership: PROBLEM-SOLVING
The Extra Plus In Leadership: ATTITUDE
Developing Your Most Appreciable Asset: PEOPLE
The Indispensable Quality of Leadership: VISION
The Price Tag of Leadership: SELF-DISCIPLINE
The Most Important Lesson of Leadership: STAFF DEVELOPMENT
“To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge
- Benjamin Disraeli
I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know
I Simply Go Because of What I Know
I Know What I Don’t Know
I Grow and Know It Starts to Show
LEADERS WHO DEVELOP LEADERSMULTIPLY THEIR GROWTH
PEOPLE NATURALLY ALIGN THEMSELES AND FOLLOW LEADERS STRONGER THAN THEMSELVES
“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
MOVE IN NEW LEADERS IN 3 PHASES
MOVE OUT ORIGINAL LEADERS IN 3 PHASES
“Leadership means setting an example. When you find yourself in a position of leadership, people follow your every move.”
LEADER + VISION = RESULT
Don’t Buy In Don’t Buy In Get Another Leader
Don’t Buy In Buy In Get Another Leader
Buy In Don’t Buy In Get Another Leader
Buy In Buy In Get Behind the Leader
As you rise in leadership, responsibilities increase and rights decrease.
5. KnowledgeThe foundation of successful leadership in 3 parts: Fundamental knowledge, Strategic knowledge and Tactical knowledge.
Do strive to regard your associates as competent people.
Do try to create a positive atmosphere, free from rigidity.
Do show your staff loyalty and support
Do set challenging, ambitious goals.
Don’t ask people to do things that you wouldn’t do yourself.
Don’t forget that trust is a two-way process.
Don’t take sides or show any favouritism.
Don’t dissuade staff from speaking out.
Don’t be vague about team members’ roles.
DO’S AND DONT’S OF LEADERSHIP“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being”. Goethe
“The essence of a leader’s mission is not to act in accordance with a description of his rank, but to lead, guide, correct and encourage the human beings he works with”
General George Patton