When we started LeadersHP there was a keen focus on “high performance” in leadership and team development. That was the "HP" our prospective clients were saying they wanted. It's measurable and marketable.
But our founding vision was to make a difference by offering something different. So, in considering the future for our business, we asked ourselves the question: what's "next practice" when it comes to leadership development?
As we scanned research and considered commentary about the key competencies for leadership in the future, it became evident that what has been referred to in the past as the “soft skills” of leadership, are increasingly becoming the hard-core of essential prerequisites:
Empathy. Authenticity. Resilience. Influential communication. Leading through loss and change. Understanding self and others. Developing greater complexities of mind to match the complexities in the world.
LeadersHP was formed because we want to work at the cutting-edge of leadership development. To develop leaders for the future, now.
We believe that.....
Toolsets will always be valuable.
Heartful, self-aware leaders with higher levels of presence create the conditions for even higher performing teams.
Mindsets and mindfulness are becoming vital.
Strategic vision and nous in undertaking structural reforms will continue to be of importance.
High performance will continue to count.
A leader’s inner clarity, about their values, strengths, intrinsic motivations and personal narrative will be imperative.
We work with the whole person; at the levels of head, heart, hara (gut) and hands with the objective of helping individuals to develop more perspective, purpose, presence, power and, ultimately, to lift performance.
We want to support leaders to develop conscious awareness and alignment between thoughts, feelings, knowing and actions. To cultivate greater clarity, conviction and competence. And in our experience, what follows from this, is far more effective leadership with a more positive impact.
In our work with teams and communities, we also take a whole-system approach and are committed to the "democratisation" of leadership. As Meg Wheatley author of Leadership and the New Science says:
"Most of the ways we were taught to think, to reason, to understand simply don't give us the means to make wise decisions anymore. We don't know how to be wise stewards of the dilemmas and challenges that confront us daily. We were not taught how to make sense of a chaotic world, or a worldwide interconnected web of activity and relationships."
Clearly, we need to do something different. We need to lead differently.
At LeadersHP, we believe that the world needs less "I" and much more "we" in leadership. Now. And for the future.