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Can Managers Become Leaders?

Leadership Development Training

As the providers of bespoke leadership development training in Perth, we are going to answer this question with a resounding “yes.” Through our Integral development paradigm, we have helped many who saw themselves as having average leadership skills turn themselves into great leaders.

We recommend that you talk to us about integral development, but we would first like to identify some of the inevitable transition points when moving from the microcosm of a department to the macrocosm of leading an organisation.

Analysis to Integration

Managers recruit, manage, and develop employees who provide a depth of analysis for specific activities relevant to their departments. An executive’s job is to amalgamate all of the activities and analysis of disparate departments for the benefit of the whole.

Executing Details to Formulating Strategy

Managers ensure that details are executed; leaders assimilate the results into an overall strategy for the company. Three skills are essential for this transition: level shifting, mental simulation, and pattern recognition.

Level shifting requires knowing when to concentrate one’s energy toward details, and when it is better used to manage the overall goals of the company. Mental simulation is similar to chess; it requires the ability to anticipate how those outside of your company will respond to your actions, and to adjust accordingly. Pattern recognition requires knowing how to extract patterns and causalities from the flow of events in your business.

Builder to Designer

When any leader is moved up to the executive level, their responsibility shifts from that of a builder to that of a designer. Most new executives bring the skill and idea set from their previous position within the company, and often try to build the company in the image of their old department. Unfortunately, this can cause problems, because every department affects all others in an organisation.

It is the executive’s job to figure out how each department fits into the whole of the organisation before making sweeping changes.

The Integral Approach

The move from manager to executive involves more transformations, such as problem solver to agenda setter, warrior to diplomat, and supporting cast member to lead role. Newly-promoted managers often lack sufficient training to finesse all of these transitions.

Integral Development can help your firm develop its next leaders now. Call (08) 9242 8122 for more information.

Ron Cacioppe

Ron Cacioppe is the Managing Director of Integral Development and holds a BSc, an MBA and a PhD. He has taught in the Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

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