Oue Leadership Program is a comprehensive assessment, feedback, and workshop methodology that focuses on performance-based leadership. Unlike most leadership programs that focus on the individual’s personality traits, the program centres on the business needs of the company and the work needs of the individual manager. It focuses on performance rather than personality, on doing rather than what leaders are like.
Through interactive feedback in 6 key leadership practice areas, managers acquire the performance tools they need to affect maximum performance now, and the change tools necessary to prepare people for the future.
In researching the methodology for the program, it became evident that many organisations do not have a clear leadership model, nor have they effectively communicated a leadership vision to employees. Our program answers these needs by providing participants with a simple, yet powerful, three-pronged approach to leadership, and a model that is universally applicable and can be easily communicated to all employees in an organisation.
The methodology model consists of:
- Direction. Provides a common goal and vision for people,
- Motivation. Gives people a reason for doing the work, and,
- Guidance. Helps people to stay on the right track.
The program uses this model as the framework for providing managers with development in six practice areas: Goals, Vision (Direction), Recognition/Rewards, Expectations/Initiative (Motivation), and Coaching and Modeling (Guidance).
Program benefits for Managers:
- Actionable. Managers leave with written “action plans” that can be immediately applied on their job.
- Comprehensive participant manual that provides a life-long reinforcement tool.
- Confidential feedback from subordinates. Three-to-six direct reports provide data on each manager’s leadership strengths and challenges.
- Easily transferable. The principles are easy to explain, and can be quickly transferred to new employees.
- Improved performance. Managers can be more effective leaders in working toward increasing the productivity and effectiveness of their departments.
- OK to be yourself. Them ethodology does not try to change the personality traits of managers. It accepts individuality and focuses on practical action instead. Managers do not have to imitate any “leadership style”.
General Motors (United States)
SITUATION: GM was suffering from a critical loss in market share due to strong foreign competition and a resultant lack of clarity and focus at all levels of management. GM decided its entire management organisation needed a new approach to leadership.
COURSE OF ACTION: GM realised it needed to find an effective leadership process in order to implement change throughout the organisation. It chose the methodology as the basis of the new approach, training 68,000 GM managers worldwide.
RESULTS: A six-month follow-up evaluation revealed that 75 percent of the managers were able to identify direct application of the principles in their daily work. This led to increased productivity, better quality, and reduced costs. In addition, grievances requiring corporate intervention dropped 20 per cent. A cost-benefit analysis conducted by GM showed an 11 to 1 ROI.