White paper: Cultivating Confident Leadership
White paper : Cultivating Confident Leadership
What would be possible if your leaders felt they were able to express themselves fully? What could that mean for growth, for innovation, for engagement in your organisation?
When we talk about fear in leadership, so often it is with reference to the imposition of fear from above, often a domineering CEO using fear as a tool of control.
However, this white paper is not about how leaders use fear on others, but how fear holds leaders back from realising their full potential and helping your organisation thrive.
Download my white paper : “Cultivating Confident Leadership – A 3-step process to helping leaders overcome fear and unleash their potential”
I have coached many talented senior managers and directors in large complex organisations cross-sector facing a new leadership challenge. Their line managers are wondering why they’re not stepping up – they want them to be more visible, more vocal and more confident. Why don’t they just get on with it?
This paper explores what’s going on and what can be done about it :
Underlying fears are holding these individuals back from performing at their best – fear of being found out, fear of rejection, fear of failure. The increased challenge and exposure that comes with leadership means the strategies that helped them succeed as managers no longer work. Yet only a minority of leaders experiencing fear voice their concerns.
When fear is at play, survival becomes paramount – pleasing the boss becomes more important than taking the lead. Not good news when CEOS are concerned that their emerging leaders lack the ability to think strategically and believe creativity is crucial for future leadership.
40% of employees feel stressed at work in an environment where constant work pressure, limited resource and regular restructurings are the norm. Research shows they’re afraid of losing their status, losing their job, and of unfair treatment at work.
Yet our response to external stressors depends on what we’ve learned to be afraid of. Fear has shaped our survival strategies whether that’s people-pleasing or procrastination.
We’re not hardwired and we can change, but it’s not easy to work through long-held behavioural patterns which have evolved to keep us “safe”
I share a 3-step process which helps leaders to cultivate confidence and maximise their leadership impact :
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What my clients say
Right from the start of our work together, Alison helped me extend my horizons. Coaching with her gave me the confidence to take several important steps and exceed goals originally set by my manager. This led to my promotion to Director within 9 months and a new assignment to lead and build a new organisation.
A few years ago, I rented out my flat. The new tenant was initially very enthusiastic about the garden and promised to look after it. Inspecting the property a few months later, I discovered the garden had been pretty neglected except for a large gap where a favourite climber had covered a large piece of fence. When I asked the tenant, she said “Oh, I thought it was dead!” She’d mistaken its typical winter appearance (bare and twiggy) and made an executive decision to get rid of it.