CT for Emerging Leaders
Communication Technology™, originally designed for operations professionals, is now available for the developmental training needs of organizational Emerging Leaders. This group of people within the organization have special and unique need in terms of their on-going development as professionals.
It is typical for this group of people to contain, or even be composed primarily of, young professionals who are on a fast-track to senior positions and management roles within the organization. In these roles these individuals will be called upon to provide leadership both by example and through the direct leadership of others. In working with leaders of organizations for more than a decade we have developed deep expertise on what it takes to develop the skills of leadership called upon in leading others. The single most significant criterion we would point to in this regard is the ability to effectively communicate in your role as a leader.
While this criterion is seemingly obvious in its simplicity, more often than not the failure of newly appointed managers is a function of their lack of skill as a professional communicator. It is not that they fail to possess the technical skills they require, they were most often identified and selected because of their technical skills, it's that they do not yet know how to organize themselves in relation to others or how to organize others to produce the results of the organization.
We have also found in working with leaders of organizations of all sizes, from many diverse industries and of widely differing experience and expertise that in developing the skills to lead other than communication the second most vital skill to possess is decision-making proficiency. **
While as technicians they were measured on their ability to produce results on their own, and possibly with others, in their new role as a manager or organizational leader they are more often measured on their ability to produce results through others. Communication Technology address just these specific skills that this group of up and coming professionals in the organization will and do need to succeed.
** [Note: While decision-making proficiency may be the most vital component of being a leader in terms of establishing strategy or setting policy, in terms of the leadership of others we have consistently found that communication proficiency is the more vital of the two skills.
In observing and working with highly successful leaders in organizations we have found that those with this skill (proficiency in communication) can gather the information and expertise from others that they require to make significant, critical and/or urgent decisions well. Those who do not have this proficiency too often rely on their own expertise alone and subsequently fail to realize their full potential as organizational leaders.
It is also in their proficiency as communicators that leaders come to know those whom they lead in terms of their skills, capabilities, strengths, weaknesses and sometime most importantly of all as individuals who may be or become collaborators, successors, advisors, confidants and friends.]