When teams aren’t just engaged but inspired, businesses can achieve incredible things.
Our approach is to help inspirational leaders make the most of their resources by igniting the natural strengths of those around them. Inspired employees are more productive, go the extra mile, act more confidently, and are willing to take greater ownership of their results.
An analysis by Zenger Folkman of more than one million assessments on 75,000 leaders revealed 170 statistically significant competencies that differentiated good from great leaders. Using average mean scores, researchers identified 16 differentiating competencies in those perceived as extraordinary leaders.
Of these, the stand-out competency above all others was the ability to inspire and motivate others. Its also the most significant when correlating to high engagement scores.
Research proves that the ability to inspire and motivate is critical beyond becoming a successful leader. It is central to landing in the top 10 per cent of all leaders. Yet it is the one area where most leaders struggle to attain high competency scores.
Historically, this makes sense. Businesses typically invest more heavily in nurturing and promoting employees with solid technical competencies more directly associated with driving the bottom line. The focus is on supporting employees who show professional expertise, are results-focused and set a clear direction.
While this has merit in maximising the strengths and potential of the individual, it does nothing to magnify the wider team's success by encouraging and supporting the ability of leaders to inspire others.
It has been proven time and again that the ability to inspire and motivate is the overriding competency stated by direct reports as being the most compelling leadership quality of all.
Mastering this one competency creates successful business leaders who drive teams and companies to exceptional levels of performance by inspiring their people to do great things.