There is no doubt about it. The companies who are outperforming others, are characterised by leadership that is more receptive to change and more receptive to new ideas.
They strive for engagement from their employees, and make positive use of the talents, skills and ideas that can come from every corner. The organisations that will lead us into the future are the ones led by men and women who can do what is currently considered unusual and do it comfortably.
In organisations, change and growth typically starts at the top, but it can also be stopped there unless leadership makes a sincere effort to take its own standards of excellence to heart. Members of the organisation are watching what leadership does, not what it says. Leadership credibility comes from those doing the watching, not from the leader’s position title.
As a leader, executive, employer or owner, what can you do to encourage engagement and performance excellence? As you strive to be a role model in order to Nurture Growth in your people, it will be easier for your team to mirror your behaviour, than to have to imagine what it is that you want.