When we build leaders, our efforts are often ineffective. People listen but don't execute. They forget 80% of what they learn and can't usually execute 50% of what they do remember. The reason for that is because we focus on individual skills but never spend time developing the most important skill that acts as the basis and a link between all other skills. That's also why leaders don't know how to coach and develop themselves.
When we build leaders, our efforts are often ineffective. People listen but don't execute. They forget 80% of what they learn and can't usually execute 50% of what they do remember. The reason for that is because we focus on individual skills, such as integrity, ability to motivate, talk, and set clear goals, but we never focus on the one skill that links all the other ones together. That's also why leaders don't know how to coach and develop themselves.
When we build leaders, we focus a lot of our efforts on individual skills leaders must possess but we hardly ever focus on the one that acts as a basis for all the others - awareness. By focusing our leadership development efforts on awareness, we make our leadership development efforts more effective and create better leaders faster.
Consider this: We can try to teach the leader how to receive candid feedback, how to be honest, how to possess energy, and how to be passionate about work (all important leadership skills), but our efforts will be wasted if he is not aware of himself. We can teach him how to coach, energize, and motivate employees but our efforts won't be effective if the person isn't aware of others. We can try to explain how people are motivated but this effort won't work if the leader isn't aware of the impact of his actions on others.
The solution is to focus leadership development efforts on awareness. Teach the person how to understand himself, others, situations, and the impact of his and other people's actions on other people and the environment. Once the leader starts to become more aware of himself, show him how to use this awareness to learn more about his own weaknesses and design his own improvement plan. Then let leaders self develop. The more self-aware they become, the more skillful they become in self-developing. You will hardly ever have to explain anything to them. As long as they are aware and are willing to develop, the magic will happen.
The reason leaders don't know how to utilize many of the skills they've learned is because they (1) don't understand them, (2) don't remember them, or (3) have a low level of awareness.
By focusing on awareness, people begin to understand why and how other people behave. Other leadership skills suddenly start making sense, so you solve problem #1. Problem #2 required a different approach, but one of the reasons people forget what they've learned is because they don't understand the material or can't relate it enough to their work. Again, awareness should solve this problem.
As a result, you will have leaders who are more productive, deliver greater impact, have a low employee turnover, deliver a greater return on investment, and are able to develop themselves.
1. Read "How to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie.
2. Start thinking about why people behave the way they do. Try to understand them.
3. Try to understand yourself. Reflect. Think about things you could have done differently.
4. Ask others for feedback. No matter what they say, Thank Them and then try to understand where they are coming from. Don't ever defend yourself.