Developing flexibility in your leadership and training to ensure success
Being flexible means being open to new ideas, being receptive to change and being able to pick up new skills quickly. This applies to all areas of your life, not just the workplace. With the whole idea of a job for life becoming increasingly redundant, you need to be as flexible as possible if you’re to manage your career effectively (although this doesn’t mean jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon, as this will mean you’ll be unable to generate any career momentum). A major part of the executive coach’s role is to help people develop this sort of approach to their careers.
Change is inevitable, but the good news is that you can plan for it and take advantage of any opportunities that present themselves to you as opposed to being overwhelmed by a new situation.
From a management, leadership and training point of view, this is very important during reorganisations and other periods of dramatic change within departments, as teams are likely to become stressed during times like this. If you don’t set a positive example in your own work as well as during team building activities, they will soon become demotivated and your department’s progress will grind to a halt. Without a flexible approach to management, progress is impossible.
Although it’s inevitable that you’ll have to occasionally make changes to the way you do things, there must always be a good reason for it. If things are constantly being changed and reorganised within a team, it’ll be impossible for anyone to meet any goals, as the team will effectively be trying to hit a series of moving targets. Your leadership and training approach should be flexible enough to handle the unexpected, but consistent enough for your staff to feel secure and motivated at all times.
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