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Global leadership development

GreenFern Shoots Up in India 
WE ARE PLEASED to announce a strategic development with GreenFern Leadership and Strategic Consulting Pvt. Ltd. This forward-looking company is now a Business Partner of LeaderShape in India. 

Two of GreenFern’s directors, Mohandas Menon and Jagdish Kini, also join us as Faculty Members. They have an excellent track record in business and are noted for their high ethical standards.

Managing Partner of LeaderShape India, Nikhil Nehru, says: “These new relationships will add to our expanding, dynamic team, working across India.”

And reaching further…
WE ALSO WELCOME Bangalore-based Vinesh Singh. Since 2006, he was a Vice President at India’s largest private sector company, Reliance Industries. With an academic background in management and finance from the UK and India, he has over two decades of retail sector experience with leading multinational, Bata India, in areas including Finance, Corporate and Project Management.

Board Level Change

 “”Leadership at all levels is the main driver of staff engagement since leaders set the tone and climate and are in the position of being able to create, or otherwise, the bond between staff and the organisation.”‘ Lady Berkeley, (Julia Clarke.)

THE RIDGEWAY PARTNERSHIP in Oxfordshire specialises in services for people with learning disabilities and other complex needs in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. During a process of Board Level change, LeaderShape introduced the CEO, Julia Clarke, to new ideas regarding the role of Emotional Intelligence and leadership styles. Julia outlines her concerns that she thought the Board might not have had the necessary skillset to create a performance enhancing culture, but she learned something entirely different from the programme that ensued.

Interview - Lady Berkeley, CEO
Interview – Lady Berkeley, CEO

Julia says LeaderShape were courageous enough to tell her something she wasn’t expecting; she was so impressed by what she learned, she went on to help set up LeaderShape’s healthcare team. You can read the full Ridgeway Partnership Case Study and learn more about how LeaderShape’s vast experience in Board level executive coaching can benefit your organisation.

N.B. Ridgeway Partnership has merged with Southern Health since this strategic work.

Are women better entrepreneurs?

LEADING SELF-MADE WOMEN entrepreneurs earn 17% more than the top men. However, top corporate women earn 21% less than their male equivalents – according to recent research from Barclays Wealth & Investment Management Survey.

This suggests that if we remove the cultural restraints of the male dominated corporate world, women perform better than men in the 21st century. It is interesting to also note that 6% of British women are entrepreneurs (up from 4% in 2008) compared to 12% of men and 10% of women in America.

According to this research woman entrepreneurs take fewer bank loans than men in the same position, own companies that are more likely to be sustainable, and are more driven by a work-life balance than generation of wealth.

This is consistent with LeaderShape’s experience of conducting many 360º LEIPA Assessments and coaching women leaders.  Women probably have naturally more of the attributes of leadership needed in the 21st century, but they need to overcome a few barriers to help them make the most of their potential. Continue reading ‘Are women better entrepreneurs?’

Are Women the Best Leaders for the 21st Century?

From John Knights – Chairman, LeaderShape:

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Recent research publicised in the UK’s The Sunday Times, sourced from Barclays Wealth & Investment Management Survey  http://thetim.es/14ne1Jt explains that the top self-made women (entrepreneurs) earn more than the top men by 17% whereas the top corporate women leaders earn 21% less than their male equivalents.

This suggests that if we remove the cultural restraints of the male dominated corporate world, women perform better than men in the 21st century. It is interesting to also note that 6% of women in the UK are entrepreneurs (up from 4% in 2008) compared to 12% of men in the UK and 10% of women in the USA.

According to this research woman entrepreneurs – compared to equivalent men – take less bank loans, own companies that are more likely to be sustainable, and are more driven by a work-life balance than generation of wealth.

I am not surprised by these findings (even though they are not beyond question) as it is consistent with my own experience  of conducting many 360o LEIPA Assessments and coaching women leaders (more than men over the last 5 years).  I do believe women probably have naturally more of the “softer” attributes of leadership needed in the 21st century, but they need to overcome a few barriers to help them make the most of their potential.

Our own research at LeaderShape analysed in detail the data from our LEIPA 360o Assessment tool LEIPA of 97 leaders.   This shows there is little difference between male and female leaders in the eyes of the people who work with and for them – although again this could be to some extent because of the different expectations raters have of men and women. This is generally supported by neuroscience which so far shows little difference between male and female brains except related to reproductive functions.

Analysing 92 statements covering 19 emotional intelligence capabilities we only found a significant difference in two of the 19. In Emotional Self Control, men seemed to do better (although on further interrogation it could be that men can more effectively hide their emotions rather than manage them better in a more positive way).

The one area where women are superior is in Service Orientation.

The definition of “Service Orientation” according to Goleman et al (The New Leaders, 2002) is:

Leaders high in the service competence foster an emotional climate so that people directly in touch with the customer or client will keep the relationship on the right track. Such leaders monitor customer or client satisfaction carefully to ensure they are getting what they need. They also make themselves available as needed.

This specifically identifies women as better at customer service and client care (including internal customers) – an absolute essential to a successful and sustainable business.

Surprisingly (to us) women did not feature as better at Empathy than men. This maybe again be due to the expectation of raters but a more likely explanation is that where for many men understanding other people is not high on the agenda, women often confuse it with sympathy – ie. the focus is on sharing another person’s feeling rather than understanding them. In a business environment understanding how someone feels and why can be much more powerful in helping that person towards solutions as compared to sharing their emotions.

A critical aspect of successful leadership where women need to improve is Self-Confidence. And here I am talking about an inner self confidence (“I am happy with who I am”) rather than the macho definition of “I’m the greatest”.

My own qualitative view based on working with many women leaders is that women themselves are generally much less self-confident than the perception they give to the outside world. This is true of many men also but not to the same extent. Women tend to care very much about what people think and say about them (stone-age instincts around their nurturing and community role) and are often anxious about that – whereas men tend to care less. A good driver of course for why women are so service-oriented.

In fact, we have found that a 360o assessment process for a competent woman can be the most valuable intervention of all to increase self-confidence, as it provides proof and reassurance that the people around them think they are operating to a high quality. I have seen many women really blossom as leaders after completing a 360o assessment. Even better if it is part of an integrated  coaching, leadership development and/or women’s peer group programme.

Women also tend to be more dedicated than men at working on their development areas. This often positively impacts their approach to change, risk and conflict.

We are currently expanding the number of leaders for the basis of our research and specifically focusing more on the aspects of self-confidence.

But any future results are unlikely to change my view that a good mixture of men and women make the best leadership teams even if the women have “less experience” as they make up for it with common sense and intuition ..… as long as they have the confidence to speak up!!!

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Aboodi Shabi – ICF regional workshop review

A new initiative to bring high-quality coaching workshops to the North of England has been so successful its organisers have begun planning next year’s series!  (See details of our Feb 15th MasterClass on Team Coaching with AoEC Founder and president of the EMCC, John Leary –Joyce.)  The series has been devised and hosted by executive coaches and mentors, LeaderShape, together with the International Coach Federation (ICF.)  The first one-day seminar welcomed individual practitioners as well as corporate attendees, including from the telecoms and aerospace industries, to the renowned Work-Based Learning centre, the University of Chester.

One of the UK’s most senior coaches, Newfield Networks’ Aboodi Shabi, delivered the specialist session “The Art of Masterful Coaching – beyond a set of techniques,” to offer new perspectives to its audience.

Said LeaderShape Director, Danielle Grant: “This hands-on, experiential workshop has brought the highest level of development to senior coaches in our area.  We’ve been delighted by feedback saying this event will be “difficult to beat!”  We will try, however, as the ethos behind the programme is our belief that good intentions regarding work-based learning are often undermined by a lack of training or proper framework.  To this end, the workshop provided accreditation worth 8 CCEUs which can contribute to a prestigious University qualification, including the PGC in Coach-Mentoring and Facilitation in Organisations.  We are launching this executive level course with Chester University in 2012, to offer practitioners the greatest possible support for success.”

Aboodi Shabi, Newfield Network, 1 day coaching workshopAboodi Shabi, a pioneer and leader in the UK and European Coaching community and founding co-President of the UK ICF, said: It’s invaluable for us to be able to offer access to quality networking and training sessions in the regions to maintain the best outputs in the workplace and individual practice. Those who attend will be enhancing their skills and their ability to cascade them to others.”

CASE STUDY

The masterclass in ontological coaching examined ways to develop deep listening to allow the authentic human being to speak. Focusing practically on the world of work, the day offered both coaching and reflective exercises. Presentations and interactive study explored a framework to understand beyond presenting goals, then to move beyond coaching techniques to discover the true expression of the client. Continue reading ‘Aboodi Shabi – ICF regional workshop review’

Northern Workshops

John Leary-Joyce presents next LeaderShape ICF regional coaching Masterclass
Team Coaching Workshop | Feb 15th | University of Chester | 9am – 5pm

LeaderShape is pleased to invite you to its second one-day specialist workshop in the North West of England together with its post-graduate certificate validating body, the University of Chester and the Academy of Executive Coaching.

The Team Coaching MasterClass with the AoEC’s founder and current president of the EMCC, John Leary-Joyce, will help experienced coaches develop team work, drawing on the highest professional and best practice standards. John will outline the complex, systemic approach that demands a much wider range of competencies than individual coaching.

This official ICF Regional Event, offers certified 7 hrs CCEU  for attendance.   

The workshop at the University of Chester is from 9am on February 15th with AoEC Founder John Leary-Joyce. Fee: £140 + VAT.  A £20 discount is available for members of the ICF, EMCC, AoEC, Alumni, students and partners of the University of Chester and for Public/not-for-profit organisations.

For more information:
Please book here or email contact@leadershape.biz for more information.

Continue reading ‘Northern Workshops’

Follow-up Planned after First Northern ICF Workshop Success

A new initiative to bring high-quality coaching workshops to the North of England has been so successful its organisers have begun planning next year’s series!

Devised and hosted by executive coaches and mentors, LeaderShape, together with the International Coach Federation (ICF,) the one-day seminar welcomed individual practitioners as well as corporate attendees, including from the telecoms and aerospace industries, to the renowned Work-Based Learning centre, the University of Chester.

One of the UK’s most senior coaches, Newfield NetworksAboodi Shabi, delivered the specialist session “The Art of Masterful Coaching – beyond a set of techniques,” to offer new perspectives to its audience.

Continue reading ‘Follow-up Planned after First Northern ICF Workshop Success’