Strong, visionary, effective leaders at the helm perform a critical role in the success of any business. But that’s only part of the story; good leaders understand that leadership must happen throughout an organisation.
Leadership holds the key to unlocking our untapped human potential, not least through developing truly engaged employees. Research shows that not only are firms with highly engaged workforces 18% more productive than those with low engagement, but innovation grows too. In fact, 59% of engaged employees said that their job brings out their most creative ideas, against just 3% of those less engaged.
But it’s important to be discerning when choosing external advisers, coaches or skills programmes. Fortunately, this region has some of the most innovative and proven leadership development support in the UK; we’re very proud to bring the world’s leading experts on business strategy and leadership to work with delegates on our leadership programmes, designed specifically for owner-managers and their directors. Independent research among our LEAD alumni shows they have grown sales by almost a third and employed 13% more people.
These leaders are already making a difference in their businesses and our economies. They are also developing their next generation of leaders, the ‘middle leaders’ who will be the board directors of the future.
Sandwiched between senior management and the wider staff, ‘middle leaders’ play a crucial role in the success of any organisation. Developing leadership skills among middle leaders can accelerate organisational change, which is why QuoLux created LEADlight. It’s exclusively for the middle leaders of businesses that are equipped to support the next generation. There are many examples of great firms embracing this approach, including Creed Foodservice, MF Freeman and CEMAR, for whom organisational development is a key component to business strategy. By helping middle leaders to develop their skills and improve their performance they can get better results from their teams and prepare for senior management responsibilities.
Gareth Pittaway, Branch Manager, Allstone Sand & Gravel enrolled one of his team, Tom Ford, onto the course to help do just that; “As a result of my time on LEAD I can clearly see the benefit to my own personal development and the business. With LEADlight I felt that there was the perfect opportunity to give another member of the team this chance for development while supporting our business growth.”
This article was first published in Cotswold Life Business & Professional, January 2019.