Published: Oct 02, 2013
It seems that management consultants and business writers take great delight in deluging us with advice on how to become a better leader. However, I have never subscribed to the view that there is a perfect leadership style and would argue that the demands and expectations placed upon a business leader in the Caribbean are very different to an officer in the U.S. military.
In his new book ‘Leadership Transformed,’ Dr. Peter Fuda, an Australian management consultant and leadership coach, claims to transform ordinary people into extraordinary leaders. Using over a decade’s worth of research, Fuda has identified seven common themes that have enabled hundreds of executives from across the world to transform themselves into effective and inspiring leaders. He demonstrates this by using seven metaphors, which distils his research into a practical leadership toolkit that can be adapted to suit the private, public and voluntary sectors within The Bahamas.
These metaphors include: “Fire”, which is the ambition you have for yourself and your organization; “Master Chef”, relating to the use of expert tools and strategies; and “Coach” which describes how developing staff can collectively help leaders achieve their aspirations. These are underpinned by five strategies which are fundamental to a leader’s ability to move away from control and toward a more empowering approach to leadership.
1. From content to context: Leaders must shift their focus from the day-to-day operational detail to create a vision for the success of others.
2. From talking to walking: Move from telling others what is required to showing them.
3. From competing to collaborating: Migrating from interpersonal conflict towards genuine relationships built on trust and mutual success.
4. From guru to guide: Shifting from providing answers to coaching others.
5. From critic to cheerleader: Start focusing on what’s going right rather than what went wrong.
Fuda points out that he is “not prescribing a magic pill that will turn the ordinary leader into a superhero.” However, the expectation is that if you master the above not only will you transform from a good manager to a great leader, but your organization will improve its ability to initiate and sustain transformation effort, create momentum, improve performance and maximize profitability.
So, it's time for you to become that highly effective leader you always thought you could be and make your Bahamian business better.
‘Leadership Transformed’ by Peter Fuda and published by Profile Books.
• Keith Appleton JP, BA (Hons), N.Dip.M, MInstLM has extensive experience within an academic, managerial and strategic leadership role. He is a member of the U.K. Institute of Leadership & Management and can be contacted at KeithAppleton@Hotmail.co.uk; or follow him at twitter.com/WritingRightNow