Tag: Leadership

Ideas, tools and methods to inspire leadership development and organisation improvement; authored by ODI and its specialists.

Adaptive Leadership: Embracing the Challenge and Thriving

As we're discovering, we can’t just sit this one out, hunker down and weather the Covid-19 storm. There are significant indicators that there is an ongoing need to adapt and continue the process of reshaping organisations and redefining the work being done. Trying to protect existing ways of work in…

Strengthen Awareness and Build Effectiveness with DiSC®

So you think you know yourself and members of your team? How aware are you of what really motivates and stresses you and them at work? What impact does behaviour have on the workplace and customers? What if there was a way to speed up the process of understanding yourself…

Self-Awareness Diagnostics

Leadership development journeys generally begin with learners gaining some self-awareness about their traits, styles, preferences as well as existing leadership capabilities. This helps them to focus on the development opportunities that are going to make a real difference to their leadership practice.

There are a wide range of self-awareness diagnostic tools…

How to Improve your Self-Management

Leadership starts with your self – making sure that you’re personally well-equipped for the job and in tune with the demands, needs and issues of those you are leading and of the work that is expected of them.

Collaborative Leadership

Back in February 2016 I posted a blog titled Where is Leadership Going? In it I was tracking the history of leadership styles from the 1970’s to the time of writing and speculating on where leadership style was heading out into the 21st Century. I concluded that Joe Raelin’s Leaderful…

How to Grow Leadership in Your Organisation

Leadership has been in the news a bit lately, for both good and not-so-good reasons.  We have seen Jacinda Ardern ascend the heights of global leadership and struggle a bit locally with the performance of her colleagues and the Opposition.  And we have seen Teresa May succumb to a leadership…

5 Good Practices to Become a Better Leader

Nowadays, leading people well trumps expertly managing tasks. A new leadership style and practices are needed for business success – distributed, inclusive and collaborative leadership that invites and supports the team to participate in decisions, planning and actions – leading to better individual, team and business results.

A Pragmatist's Approach to Leadership Development

My experience as both purchaser and supplier of leadership development solutions helps me to see the ‘zone of interest’ where the two parties can come together from their different perspectives on the leadership development solution that can be made to work in each case.

6 Tips on How to Grow your Emotional Intelligence

Science shows that feelings precede thoughts and behaviours, so the more adept we are at managing our feelings, the more effective we'll be in work and all facets of our lives. Organisations high in Emotional Intelligence benefit from more engaged employees and leaders, staff who are more able to cope with change, better team working, and greater collaboration.

The New Leadership Paradigm

We have and are seeing a massive shift in leadership style, driven by employee expectations, new ways of working, and in the communications technology used to support them both. No longer leadership as hero, but leadership as partner. This shift is so widespread now it can be viewed as the new leadership paradigm.

8 Success Drivers for Leadership Development Programmes

The results are finally in, and, YES, leadership development programmes really do work... Not only that, but the drivers that make for successful leadership development programmes have now been identified.

7 Leadership Practices to Boost Employee Engagement

The success of an organisation depends on the people who work for it. Motivated, engaged employees are the foundation for success, with highly engaged employees producing better business outputs, more loyal customers, fewer ‘problems’, and superior financial performance. Engagement goes beyond employee happiness or satisfaction ...

8 Tips to Maximise your Leadership Development Results

If your organisation is investing in leadership development, you’ll want to know that you’re going to see some real benefits back at work. We’ve put together eight tips that will help to ensure that your programme is robust and that your participants are well set up to bring back new learnings to their teams, and in turn produce results for your business.

Self Projection for the Modest

John Lees explains how quieter people can make a bigger impact.Why are so many career changers told to “get out there and sell yourself”?

In some labour markets, especially the UK and US, access to jobs has changed significantly. The UK, for example has seen a noticeable decline in conventional job advertisements.…

Changing your Leadership Practices at Work

Wiser folk than me make a clear distinction between management work and leadership work. Some define management work as about accomplishing tasks and leadership work about relationship-based inspiration and energising of people. Others define management as about coping with complexity and leadership as about coping with change.

Leadership can perhaps be…

Understanding Human Behaviour with Extended DISC

In my experience most people say they can sum up a person pretty quickly, and for first impressions, most probably can. So why do I have so many clients disappointed with who they recruited and surprised when their first impression don't work out? 

Did they misread that person? Did the context…

Leadership and Organisational Development

As we all appreciate, organisations are systems of integrated parts, with leadership holding the tiller to guide the organisation’s journey. The organisation exists to achieve pre-determined business outcomes; leadership exists to change the organisation so it can more efficiently and effectively achieve that purpose.

Today, leadership can be characterised as having…

Where is Leadership Going?

The art and science of leadership has been on the organisational agenda for almost 40 years now. Back then leadership started to reveal itself as something important and something different from management, which had been the dominant player in organisations since the Industrial Revolution. Today, leadership stands as the pre-eminent…

Leaders and their Followers

As a leader, you are out of a job if there are no followers prepared and willing to follow you. That is self-evident at the extreme end of the spectrum - when your team resolutely turn its back on you and follows another leader - but it is at least…

How to Achieve Successful 360-Degree Reviews

Over the last year or so we have completed quite a number of 360-degree review assignments for our clients - and we'd like to share some of our experiences with you.

We've generally been engaged to design, administer and report 360-degree reviews for individual assessment against competency frameworks. They are also…

Leadership Training that Really Works

At ODI we’ve been concerned for some time about the effectiveness of New Zealand organisational leadership and we are not alone in that thought. We are also conscious of the variable quality of the response to that by the learning and development community.

At its simplest, sound organisational leadership is about…

Competency Development for Smart Organisations

In our business training and business consultancy practice we regularly advise clients on the best ways to develop the competency of their organisation. We’d like to share our approach with you here.

First though, we need to clarify what competency is. At the organisational level, core competency results from deploying specific…

Our Organisational Leadership Model

In the ODI worldview, organisations are systems that operate within a wider system of suppliers, competitors, customers and other stakeholders, which is bounded by the physical and biological environment that is our planet. The small graphic on the left hints at how that can be represented.

The enlarged cross section view…

On Leadership

I see many organisations that invest in leadership training for senior and middle roles, but not for managers and supervisers closer to the coal face – why is this?

I think it is because of a fundamental misunderstanding about the nature of leadership and its pivotal role in organisational performance.

Leadership is…


Recently we engaged ODI to deliver a Leadership & Management Development programme, having gone through a rigorous tendering process to secure the business. The learning programme was superbly delivered and premised on the outset around a thorough understanding on the learning needs of our organisation. The  programme was delivered by very engaging presenters who are authoritative experts and leading practitioners in their fields employing the latest adult learning principles.  The learning sessions involved high interaction and reflection through group exercises. The whole programme was underpinned by an emphasis on a transfer of learning using the best practice Kirkpatrick framework. Action Learning Groups ensured the learning was put to immediate use between each session and focused on application back in staff respective roles once the programme was completed. Overall the evaluation of the course material and subsequent transfer of learning has ensured we have yielded a high return on investment by increasing individual and organisational performance. I have no hesitation in recommending this first class high value provider of learning services who are very client focused, immersed in best practice and the latest research and work extremely hard to ensure the learning is applied after the programme is completed.

Michael Prisk, Team Leader Human Resources, Hurunui District Council

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