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Leadership Matters – We may well say it is all that matters. Leadership defines an organization and its capabilities.  A leader defines the environment, defines the team work, the communication, the framework for output and of course does all this in perfect concert with its leadership and extended team members.

Leaders can:

 

 

  • Lead an organization’s vision by providing clear short, mid- and long-term direction, enabling the people in the organization to ‘see’ where the organization is heading
  • Lead and manage the business through personal involvement, being a ‘lead manager’, stimulating an open and honest organization with a transparent communication system. A formal and informal non-blaming feedback communication system, allowing all levels of the organization to voice concerns, ideas and collaboration. Make sure you are involved in what Henry Mintzberg in a August 17th 2009 Business Week article: “We’re Overled and Undermanaged” described as the “messy, but crucial, work of managing”. Make sure you know what you’re talking about, what your business is about, what goes on in your business and what your people are talking about when they come to you. It is fine for people to move into “other industries”. Let’s make clear, however, that a tremendous learning curve about the industry and the new company has to start prior to the new leader arriving at the corporate parking lot.
  • Lead organization innovation capability by creating an environment for innovation, starting for example with the kind of leadership team meetings you’re having. Require ideas from your top leaders, not just ‘a solution’ to an issue, but many. A one solution ‘resolution’ is not innovation.
  • Lead enthusiasm by being enthusiastic. Genuine enthusiasm for a positive and ethical cause, your whole organization’s vision, is ‘viral’. It is contagious, because it is truthful and with positive intent.
  • Lead ethical business dealing by always considering who you’re dealing with. Never cut a business deal and/or cut corners because ‘you can’. Particularly in these economic times, it is often voiced to “go for deep discounts”, because they (suppliers) need you. The current business environment is hungry for ethical leaders. In order to build sustainable profits, companies have to look beyond the short-term.

  • Companies with a reputation for  ethical behavior and a good business acumen will reap the benefits. According to Ethisphere the world’s most ethical companies consistently outperform the S&P 500. It is not by mistake that companies such as Novo Nordisk, John Deere, Swiss Re, Trader Joe’s, AstraZeneca, IKEA, SC Johnson & Son, Rabobank and General Mills were on the 2009 list of the world’s most ethical companies.
  • Lead human resources through direct involvement in human resources. Be involved in the human resources leadership, have clear and direct communication lines with the human resources leadership. Do not let this be ‘handled’ by other people. The human resources leadership is one of your key areas to success. For example, be involved in the hiring of your direct reports’ direct reports, as a matter of ‘stop gapping’ who’s getting ‘on the bus’. After all, you’re not into getting people on the bus, but getting the right people on the bus. However, let me clarify that I am not referring to hiring people who are necessarily like you and act like you. Frequently leaders cannot avoid the pitfall of hiring individuals who ‘admire’ the leader in interviews. Make sure that you focus on the short-term needs of the team and the corporation as a whole and where you’d like to be in a couple of years. You are clearly not interviewing to review competence levels. You are looking for an appropriate “fit” in the team. After all, you as the captain have to decide if you trust the individual and allow the individual on-board, to be part of the Transatlantic trip.

As a leader, your communication and behavior are important reminders to the organization of what matters most.

Leadership matters!

Johan F. Reinhoudt

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This article was originally published in Leadership Matters on 28 August, 2009.

Johan Reinhoudt

NEDERLANDSE BIOGRAFIE
Ik ben oprichter en directeur van Top-Coach, Master Executive Coach, Effortless Coach en Master Burn-out Coach, ervaren internationaal visionair leider en expat met jarenlange achtergrond in de gezondheidszorg en life-sciences industrie.

Ik heb een uitgebreide professionele ervaring als executive leider van wereldwijde hoogproductieve teams/organisaties en ook als turn-around manager en managementconsultant in het transformeren van organisaties.

Ik ben het best bekend door mijn True Change™ Executive Coaching vijfstappen plan en het (Versneld) Executive en Professional Burn-out Preventie en Herstel Traject - Het creëren van leiderschap met hoge persoonlijke prestaties, effectieve teams en organisaties.

Mijn executive coaching is gericht op persoonlijke en teamontwikkeling van executives en professionals (incl. accountants, advocaten, juristen en notarissen). Ik concentreer mij hierbij op het versnellen van bijzondere cliënt uitkomsten via een persoonlijk en/of team transformatie traject.

Ik woon momenteel in de regio Utrecht en werk in een persoonlijk gesprek met executives en professionals en ook met hun executive teams in de Nederlandse en Engelse taal, in organisaties door geheel Nederland en ook internationaal.

Het is mijn missie om met praktische, gepassioneerde executives en professionals te werken die “nu” vooruit willen. Executives en professionals die verder willen gaan dan ‘leren omgaan met’ en die daardoor duurzame resultaten behalen.

Tel. 030-200 6761
Info@top-coach.nu

ENGLISH BIOGRAPHY
I am founder and CEO of Top-Coach, Master Executive Coach, Effortless Coach and Master Burn-out Coach, experienced international visionary leader and expat with extensive background in the healthcare and life sciences industry.

I have a broad professional experience as an executive leader of global high-productive teams/organisations and also as a turn-around manager and management consultant in transforming organisations.

I am best known for my True Change™ Executive Coaching five-step program and my (Accelerated) Executive and Professional Burnout Prevention and Recovery Program - Creating leadership with high personal performance, effective teams and organisations.

My executive coaching focuses on personal and team development of executives and professionals (including accountants, lawyers, lawyers and notaries). I focus on accelerating exceptional client outcomes through a personal and/or team transformation process.

I currently live in the Utrecht region and work in a personal conversation with executives and professionals and also with their executive teams in Dutch and English - In organisations throughout the Netherlands and internationally.

It is my mission to work with practical, passionate executives and professionals who want to move forward "now". Executives and professionals who want to go beyond 'learning to deal with' and who therefore achieve measurable and sustainable results.

Tel. (+31) (0)30-200 6761
Info@top-coach.nu

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