Here come the Everyday Leaders

It’s time to bring leadership development to life. As a subject, it can be hard to talk or write about, because every organisation has its own story. It wants its leaders to behave in a certain and unique way, while the leaders themselves will understandably have their own ideas for their development. This brings a sense of complexity, yet it also heralds a new and exciting era for those who get it right. The new utopia is embodied in what we at 10Eighty call Everyday Leaderswe’ve launched a page on it on our website today.

A true Everyday Leader understands what the organisation wants, has clear personal plans that balance the needs of the business and their own careers and, crucially, knows how to embed good leadership habits in themselves and others through what they say and do – not just for today and tomorrow, but for the rest of their working lives.

Here Come The Everyday Leaders

Everyday Leaders are a reflection of the cult of the individual we see in society. As consumers, we are now so used to the personalisation of sales to our specific needs that perhaps we only truly appreciate it on the increasingly rare occasions when it is not on offer – choice is now the expectation, not the aspiration. Yet the personalisation of leadership development has lagged a long way behind, more talked about than practised. This is because the traditional views of leadership development have become bogged down in the premise that there is a single “right” way to lead and succeed – and that this can be applied successfully in a single intervention.

Today’s truth is very different. Leadership development can only be brought to life by understanding the unique context to which it needs to be applied, the personal development that each leader needs and wants and the assurance that leadership learning is becoming fully embedded through daily practice.

To understand the context is essential. There are perfectly good leadership models to work with, as long as the organisation can use them to state clearly what it is that it uniquely wants from its leaders. The resulting customised leadership development programmes need to match strategic needs and be delivered in a style that fits the culture.

Then the successful delivery of leadership development requires a careful balance between business needs and the personal needs of each leader. The latter in turn needs to develop the self-awareness to know how to apply their development productively both to their job and their career.

Finally, the Everyday Leader is only truly born when learning is embedded by daily practice. This means action plans that embed new skills and knowledge – and which encourage organisations to make it easy for them to do so.

Leadership development has never felt so complex – yet neither has it felt so rewarding to us when delivered well. Go and have a look at our website to find out why the potential for those Everyday Leaders who get it right has never been more exciting.

Michael is Chief Executive of 10Eighty. 10Eighty is a career and talent management consultancy that helps organizations maximize the contribution of their employees by ensuring satisfying jobs and careers for their employees. Michael is a Human Resources professional, having worked in the National Health Service, Insurance, Commodities and Derivatives industries. He has worked within the career coaching business for fifteen years, both managing a £7 million business and delivering bespoke, one to one career coaching. In the last 15 years Michael has run businesses that have helped 75,000 people make successful career transitions. He is a frequent commentator in the press/media, which includes a range of topics on “successfully managing your career” and talent management. Most recent media mentions have included BBC South, CNBC, Radio4, Financial Times, City AM, Financial News, Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Grapevine and HR Magazine, to name but a few. He writes a careers column for People Management, a blog for the Human Resources Magazine and is a regular contributor to The Thompson Reuters HR Portal. Michael is known as a thought provoking speaker in the HR industry. In the last 18 months, Michael spoke at the Careers Partner International Conference, NHS breakthrough conference, NHS North West Leadership Academy, London School of Economics, University of Westminster’s Talent Management Conference, ICAEW Finance Directors Conference, CIPD learning and development conference and CIPD branch seminars. He is also Chair of the CIPD’s Central London Branch. Additionally is a non executive director of Marshall ACM, an e-learning company and the Total Reward Group, a compensation and benefits consultancy. Michael plans to publish his book “The guide to everlasting employability” in the Autumn 2012. He has just launched an iphone app “careers snakes and ladders” and an online interactive version of the book in collaboration with Marshall ACM to coincide the launch of his new business 10Eighty. Michael has a degree in Economics, a MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He holds an accreditation from the British Psychological Society for the use of psychometrics. Michael has completed the Fairplace Internal Accreditation Programme, the training element of which is externally recognised by the Association for Coaching. Michael Moran was until January 2012 Chief Executive of Fairplace and a main board director of Savile plc, the career and talent management consultancy. Fairplace is part of the Savile Group, an AIM listed plc. The Savile Group was placed 16th in the Sunday Times top 100 small companies in 2010.

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One comment on “Here come the Everyday Leaders
  1. Lottie says:

    Rightly said, Michael! Will try to incorporate more time on learning to have better skills and knowledge. Great Post….

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