The Importance of "People Skills"
A Stanford University Study recently concluded that strong "people skills" are essential to great leadership. The study claimed that "no matter how competent a person might be", in order to achieve and sustain long lasting success, today's executives must also be able to effectively lead themselves, influence, motivate and collaborate with others and continuously improve and renew their capabilities.
Critical Skills that Benefit the Entire Organization
Skills such as conflict resolution, communication and being able to coach and develop people, helps C-team members, Board directors and other senior executives and managers. They enable you to build a leadership culture that drives the best outcomes and ultimately delivers results that solve for employees, customers and shareholders.
Is there a gap between where you are and where you'd like to be?
Because of your leadership role, your attention is being drawn to many priorities that support the business. Strategy, presentations, board meetings, product development, marketing, annual planning... All of these responsibilities use up most of your weekly work hours. No wonder managing your staff has to take a back seat sometimes. It doesn't mean that you don't recognize its importance. It's simply that you're running out of time and energy. Partnering up with a business-savvy executive who can take away some of the burden could be the answer.
What if you could get help to achieve what you don't have time to focus on?
In an ideal world, you may want to be involved in most meetings with your key leaders in order to guide them and provide constructive feedback. They are, after all, your next line of potential executives. Your desire is to be a role model in terms of leadership, communication, conflict resolution, decision-making, collaboration - so that your skills can be scaled throughout your organization. That takes time, which is an asset you might be in short supply of. All it takes is a process and commitment to excellence, and some help along the way... A partner who understands your business priorities, challenges and pressures, and can find ways to help your team grow even when you cannot be around.
There are risks involved in any business. We provide you with extensive advice on how to be prepared for any crisis, large or small, especially when it relates to team interactions and ensuring constructive collaboration between departments and leaders. We also have extensive experience in Crisis PR and can provide options and solutions in record time.
Depending on the size of your company, it may prove difficult to get a complete and accurate assessment of the talent in your organization. Who has potential? Who's just here for a paycheck? It's key to be able to differentiate "available warm bodies" from "people with runway". And unfortunately, it takes time, focus and effort to identify talent that is a) truly aligned with your company values, b) passsionate about your mission, and c) bringing the right skills to the table to contribute to revenue growth. Outsourcing the org assessment makes a lot of sense. It allows for an objective view of high potentials versus duds (without being influenced by egos, alliances, or historical "baggage"), and an unbiased perspective on how to best move forward in order to meet company goals.