Here’s The Harsh Truth. Most Leaders Are Stuck in a Transactional Mindset.
You’ve invested in leader development. But do your leaders drive strong performance, engage their people, and advance your business? Our research says NO. And here’s what this means for your organization.
1. LEADERS AREN’T EMPOWERED.
They depend too much on their bosses. They don’t tackle the tough stuff. And piling on competency models won’t help.
The NEED: EVERYONE MUST LEAD.
Given the complexity and competition, everyone steps up – takes a personal stake in going after your organization’s goals.
2. PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT IS BANKRUPT.
Managers dodge giving honest feedback, and over-protect or under-coach their people. They blame HR or the culture for their failures.
THE NEED: UNLEASH CAPABILITY.
Managers unlock the potential in your organization. They deliver the tough, honest feedback that transforms performance.
3. THE “NICE CULTURE” KILLS ACTION.
Conversations are watered down or just skipped altogether. The avoidance game hurts trust, engagement, and performance.
THE NEED: STEP UP. SPEAK UP.
Leaders say what they really mean – and get comfortable talking about problems head-on. Issues get resolved fast, and the culture shifts.
4. BOUNDARIES STIFLE PROGRESS.
People stay focused on self-interest and “winning.” Leaders get stuck in the complexity. Collaboration and innovation suffer.
THE NEED: BUST BARRIERS.
Leaders factor in interests beyond their own. They mobilize diverse stakeholders to advance big- picture goals.
5. RIGID LEADERS STALL CHANGE.
Inﬂexible leaders reinforce the status quo and resist what’s new. Instead of being agile and innovative, they hold you back.
THE NEED: ADAPT OR FAIL.
Adaptive, transformational leaders embrace the future. They step out of their comfort zone to lead real change.
6. THE INDUSTRY DOESN’T GET IT.
Learning vendors keep selling the same approach — throwing lots of new content at leaders through “flavor of the month” delivery methods, but nothing sticks. Deeply held mindsets and behaviors haven’t budged.
THE NEED: TRANSFORMATION, NOT TRAINING.
We start with mindset. This opens the door to everything else – driving performance, collaboration, executing strategy, and leading change.