Some say, ‘leaders are born not made’. To some extent that is true but many of us find ourselves in leadership positions because we were particularly proficient at our previous roles and were good team players and team leaders.
However, as senior managers we now have to become accountable for everything that the organization provides. Whether we like it or not, our stakeholders have become judge and jury. They will be concerned for their corporate community’s performance and competitiveness, its ways of working, how it communicates and, above all, seek a recognisable assurance that every employee and matters and becomes able to make life’s choices and take life’s chances. It is the customer’s experience that is the final arbiteur.
So, it is imperative that a leadership team not only exhibits leadership but also, the ability to learn from its collective experience and apply that learning to future strategic direction. The team cannot possibly have experienced every challenging situation that will confront them but it is the team’s combined Learning Power or ‘power to learn’ that will determine the manner of its’ success. ELLI is a diagnostic, yet dynamic instrument and it has been proven time and again that its 7 critical dimensions need to be demonstrated within a leadership team whose combined Learning Power exhibits strengths in Creativity, Critical Curiosity, Meaning Making, Strategic Awareness, Resilience, Learning Relationships and the ability to change habits and behaviours in day to day decision-making and problem-solving.