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July 2021 – Question of the Month

July 25, 2021 - By Wendy Lambourne, Director, MA Industrial and Organisation Psychology, Registered Psychologist with SA Medical & Dental Council

Question:  Given that (measured from responses given in Legitimate Leadership workshops) approximately 70% of people in leadership roles are takers (that is, they are here to “get” results out of people rather than give/care and grow people), what should be done about these people who are already in leadership positions?

Answer:  In response to this reality, Legitimate Leadership has developed a methodology which does not work in all cases but clearly enables a shift in the majority of people in leadership roles from being here to take to being here to give. This process has the following steps:

  • Firstly, inviting people in authority (in the Introduction workshop) to participate in an argument/debate which leads to the conviction that as leaders they are not here to get results out of their people; they are rather here to care and grow them. This solicits leaders’ commitment to the Legitimate Leadership criteria.
  • Secondly, holding up a mirror to leaders (in the Leadership Audit) to indicate the degree to which they are currently aligned (or not) to the Legitimate Leadership criteria. This provides stimulus to leaders to make the requisite changes to their leadership behaviour and practice.
  • Thirdly, providing people in leadership roles with practical but powerful tools and skills (in the Legitimate Leadership Application Modules) for caring and growing people in practice. Through a process of ongoing application and reflection leaders gain both competence and confidence in leading in a way which is aligned to the criteria.
  • Fourthly, helping leaders (via a process of peer coaching sessions) to learn together, to support and challenge each other, as they make the requisite shifts using the tools that they have been given.
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