Are you the kind of leader that can lead a category leader?

September 6, 2017

After reading this blog you’ll know if you have the skills and ability to lead a catagory leader…and what actions to take if you aren’t.

The Basics

Community Design’s sole pupose is to establish and perpetuate Catagory Leadership. The core skill for the CEO of a Catagory Leader is Community Leadership. The immutable truth about a community is this: Healthy Cultures spawn Successful Communities, and Culture is ALWAYS a reflection of leadership.

The Problem

We’ve worked with leaders who’s insight to and concise definition of the category they have created is brilliant. But they can’t grow their business because their leadership skills and/or personality traights prevent the establishment of a healthy company culture.

Leadership personality traights that prevent the establishment of a healthy company culture include narcissism, histrionic behavior, antisocial behavior, chronic avoidance. You’re probably saying to yourself, “Major Duh-h-h”. But think about situations that have left you in a bad place…any of the people involved bring these behavior patterns? Would it have been different for you if you’d have recognized these patterns up front and simply not engaged? On our part, we’ve learned from our mistakes.

The Process

As part of the community building process we dive deep into you, the leader.

What we’ve observed is that successful community leaders exhibit these behaviors:

  • Social Skills that include:
    • Recognizing non-verbal cues.
    • Interacting with others readily and proactively.
    • Regularly and openly discuss your company and community values,vision and progress.
    • Encouraging and nurturing collaboration and transparency.
    • Demonstrating authenticity.
  • Self Awareness that:
    • Is the thinking skill that focuses on a leader’s ability to accurately judge their own performance and behavior and to respond appropriately to different situations.
    • Helps a community leader tune into their feelings and behaviors, as well as to the behaviors and feelings of others.
  • Mindfulness and Emotional Self Control.
    • Mindfulness is the pathway to the development of Emotional Self-Control because of the heightened self-observation capability it enables.
    • Emotional Self-Control has a profoundly positive effect on leadership results, such as:
      • Significant improvement in team engagement
      • Reduction of emotionally influenced bias in conversations and actions
      • Less interpersonal conflict
      • More effective collaboration and decision making
  • Empathy
    • Empathic leadership is the ability of leaders to understand, relate to and be sensitive to customers, colleagues and communities. Empathetic leadership stands in contrast to sociopathic leadership, which is self-centred, insensitive and manipulative.
  • Maturity
    • Leadership maturity means consistently demonstrating sound action, behavior and judgment; and involves collaborating without bias to reach the best conclusions.

All of these behaviors can be learned.

Do’s and Don’t’s

We stress targeted, practical, actionable learning processes. The resources we recommend vary, but they always include:

  • Assess leadership skills and gaps.
  • Develop an education process that will close the skill gaps.
  • Engage a leadership mentor or coach.
  • Implemen a performance-centered leadership development process within the organization.

Start with finding the leadership mentor or coach with (1) a process that makes logical sense to you and (2) a demeanor that you find energizing.

Don’t try to be your own mentor! You need outside perspective…we all do.

Once you’ve gotten your leadership rhythm the best way to accelerate your growth is to be a mentor to an aspiring individual who you connect with. Leadership skills are a gift that you can’t keep if you don’t give them away!

Next Steps

OK- so what now? If your new to leadership find a mentor! Share your vision and get busy!

If your a seasoned leader – when’s your next mentoring session?

Need help finding a mentor? Ping us and we’ll see if we can make an introduction.


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