In the rapidly evolving world of work, organisations must continuously develop a robust pipeline of leaders who are ready to engage employees, push forward growth strategies and drive innovation. Companies that fail to invest continuously in the leaders of tomorrow may find themselves falling behind their competitors.
When Barry Posner and I began our leadership research more than 30 years ago, we had a simple question: “What do leaders do when they are operating at their personal best?”
When functioning at their best, leaders model the way, clarifying values and setting an example based on a set of shared values. They also envision an uplifting future and enlist others in a common vision.
They challenge processes, searching for opportunities, experimenting and taking risks, and learning from the accompanying mistakes. Effective leaders enable others to act, fostering collaboration and strengthening others.
Finally, they encourage the heart, recognising contributions, celebrating the values and the victories. The five practices are just as valid in the Middle East as they are in other regions of the world. And in fact, they account for more of the variance in employee engagement in the Middle East than in all but one other global region. Great leadership creates great workplaces everywhere we look.
HR professionals have a role in ensuring leaders develop The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®. Here are five practical actions HR professionals can take to develop the capacity of leaders to make extraordinary things happen: