This week in 5 for Leadership we have two posts on leading teams, one on the importance of leadership development, one on the importance of leading yourself, and one on the top complaints followers have about their leaders. There is a good lineup this week–take advantage.
Leadership Development Investments “A new U.S. study of nearly 400 organizations by Lee Hecht Harrison has identified that 54% of employers plan to increase investments in leadership development in 2015. Only 5% of employers plan to decrease investments, and a further 41% reported leadership development investments will stay the same.” This is a very insightful post that includes the top 10 leadership competencies to focus on.
Why a Leaders Must Lead Himself First “Culture tells us that one does not need to lead himself before he can lead others.” Joseph Lalonde provides three great reasons to lead yourself first.
The Top Complaints from Employees About Their Leaders “If you’re the kind of boss who fails to make genuine connections with your direct reports, take heed: 91% of employees say communication issues can drag executives down, according to results from our new Interact/Harris Poll, which was conducted online with roughly 1,000 U.S. workers.” This is a great post from the HBR that highlights both followers desires and seven steps to take to gain their confidence.
How To Develop A Great Ministry Team “I first began to understand the importance of teams as a seminary student. I did a study of the 100 largest churches in the United States, and I asked them a series of questions related to staff and ministry. This may come as no surprise, but the study showed strong churches have a strong team spirit. They do this by combining two things: a common goal with good communication.” Rick Warren provides some very practical insights for success in leading teams.
5 Signs Your Leadership Team Is In Trouble “I once heard John Maxwell say that “team work makes the dream work.” However, as I survey the leadership landscape, I believe the reason a lot of dreams are not working is because a lot of teams are way more dysfunctional than dedicated.” This is from Perry Noble back in March. This post serves as a great compliment to the one above it. Read both for a full perspective.
There is 5 for Leadership for this final weekend in June.