Leadership and management theories and frameworks abound. What is the best way for you to make sense of it all and apply these principles in manner which helps you achieve results, cultivate a sense of professional satisfaction and reward for you as a leader, and engender a culture and attitude from your staff which is best aligned with continued future success?
The Challenges of Leadership Today
The Leadership Challenge today exists within a landscape which encompasses a Changing World; A Changing Workplace; and a Changing Mindset.
Leadership in today’s context demands –
- A global focus
- An ability to adjust leadership and managerial style to suit a diverse workforce (ie there are now three generations of employees in the workforce)
- A focus on human optimisation, teams and performance
- An imperative to offer workplace flexibility
- A need to foster and cultivate innovation and creativity
- An ability to understand, align and balance stakeholder needs
- Careful and insightful performance management and career development
In addition to the commercial, strategic, financial, economic, political and interpersonal demands, Leaders are also likely to face personal challenges in their roles. Leadership by nature is often lonely, isolating and fraught with various risks. The old adage – ‘ Leadership requires the courage and conviction to set off alone in a particular direction, in the hope that enough has been done to encourage others to follow’.
From a personal perspective, Leaders are required to –
- “Step out from the herd”
- Do something to make a positive difference
- Do something differently (to how others may do it, or how they may have done it before)
- Pursue innovation
- Step beyond their comfort zone
- Encourage others beyond their comfort zone
- Showing courage and conviction
- Take personal responsibility
- Provide a role model for others.
The support of a psychologist with experience in this field can be exceptionally helpful in providing the self insight, support, frameworks and strategies to enable you to excel and embrace your own leadership challenge.
Author: Ainsley Salsbury, BA(Psych)., Post Grad. Dip. App. Psych, BBus (HRM).
Ainsley Salsbury is the senior psychologist at Vision Psychology, and has a breadth and depth of experience in addressing psychological issues including executive coaching, leadership and managerial development, workbased stress, performance management, bullying and interpersonal conflict. As well as her credentials as a psychologist, she has a Bachelor in Human Resource Management, and has worked in specialist capacities within large organisations, and consulted extensively as a Corporate Psychologist.
She has spent 12 years of her professional life working with clients from a wide range of backgrounds from Corporate Executives, lawyers and accountants to those in manufacturing, correctional services, health, government, school children and recent humanitarian (refugee) entrants to Australia.
Her work in the field of stress and workplace issues is enriched by her largely Cognitive-Behavioural therapeutic orientation, extensive insight into Organisational Dynamics and Behaviours, knowledge and application of a wide variety of Management and Leadership Models, and a fierce commitment to achieving practical outcomes for her clients.