Leadership Development

Align4Profit Leadership Development Blog

In the following posts of the Align4Profit leadership development blog, you’ll find fascinating news, helpful advice, and easy-to-implement leader-as-coach techniques and tips for leaders in all kinds of organizations.

Read and enjoy. We welcome your comments!

February 24, 2014

Why and How Engagement Improves Profit

Our ongoing research consistently tells us that Engagement, one of the Six Leadership Attraction Powers, is the the lifeblood of coaching effectiveness. When leaders regularly engage employees in feedback in the form of reinforcement and redirection, they are twice as likely to report to researchers that they prefer to stay and work with that employer. Put the other way, they are twice as likely to leave if they don’t. Prompt and properly delivered positive recognition and corrective direction increase productivity […]
February 21, 2014

Five Olympic-class Leadership Lessons

Everyone aiming for High Performance should at least have a look at Leadership lessons from the Olympics by Tom Scott in the Washington Post. There are no end to the lessons leaders can learn from watching the performances and learning the stories of this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. Scott focuses on the following five: 1. Relish, don’t stress, the big moment. I’m always amazed at how the world’s most outstanding Olympic performers approach their big moments. No one knows […]
February 17, 2014

How the Mature Adult Displays Maturity

In the context of the workplace, Mature leaders provide a reliable pattern of behavior that employees can depend on for calm, fair, considered, and balanced responses to all kinds of situations—from everyday conflicts and major catastrophes.
February 10, 2014

The Seven Essential Abilities of an Empathetic Leader

Great leaders take a personal interest in the employees they manage. They apply the appropriate and balanced amount of Empathy, one of the Six Attraction Powers. Empathetic leaders invest themselves mentally and emotionally in the well-being of their employees. This behavior fosters trust, which facilitates the highest possible level of collaboration and teamwork. Trust also encourages better working relationships, makes work easier, creates a safe environment for achievement, and is more satisfying for all concerned. Like every other Attraction Power, […]
February 6, 2014

More dollars for training means great gains for you!

When Forbes reports Spending on Corporate Training Soars: Employee Capabilities Now A Priority, leaders everywhere should at the very least start to consider scheduling leadership training dates. Karen O’ Leonard, author of the Factbook series, Bersin by Deloitte’s popular benchmarking studies in human resources, has just completed The Corporate Learning Factbook 2014: Benchmarks, Trends, and Analysis of the U.S. Training Market. In her report we learn that corporations across the world are making the smart investment decision to put more […]
June 9, 2014

One Feedback Style Does Not Fit All

Only when leaders intimately understand each of the people they lead can they personalize their feedback style according to what works best for each. People don’t like to be generalized. Only personalized feedback gives them what they need in order to take appropriate action. To offer personalized feedback requires Leadership Intimacy—an intimate understanding of what each employee desires as motivation. Here I would like to share research that supports our claim. A study by Joshua Freedman and Carina Fiedeldey-Van Dijk, […]
May 26, 2014

Your Four Biggest Leadership Challenges

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) interviewed leaders from seven countries in order to identify The Challenges Leaders Face Around the World. Not surprisingly they shared many of the same leadership challenges. It quickly became clear as I read the CCL white paper that the concerns of leaders around the world fell into four categories—Me, You, We, and It. This focus is also supported by Daniel Goleman, “A failure to focus inward leaves you rudderless, a failure to focus on […]
May 19, 2014

Two Out of Five for Leadership Intimacy

Study after study has confirmed the connection between employee engagement and increased productivity, performance, and customer satisfaction, along with the reduction of absenteeism and turnover. Therefore any company that wants to compete successfully today must go beyond fostering job satisfaction and ensure that it fully engages its employees. But is that enough? Especially after your competitors have embraced employee engagement? The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducts an annual survey in an attempt “to identify and understand the factors […]
May 12, 2014

The Pros and Cons of Reinforcement and Redirection

If you’ve read, Call & Response Coaching, you understand that leaders can and must influence and empower High Commitment and enable High Performance in two ways—with skillful Reinforcement and Redirection. Both approaches of the Call & Response model are necessary. But lately I see research attempting to answer the question, Is there a proper or optimum ratio of Redirection and Reinforcement that a leader should aim to achieve? According to analysis presented in The Ideal Praise-to-Criticism Ratio by Jack Zenger […]