Regardless of your starting point, if you are a leader you have a responsibility to live fully and inhabit your leadership. You have not just permission to do this, but a responsibility to. Why? Because this is what your organization needs; this is what the people you lead need.
Executive presence is likely to remain on the top of the list of desirable leadership traits. Hold onto the leaders who have it—they can be hard to find. Work with your leaders to cultivate the skills that can improve it.
Havas Health & You partnered with BlessingWhite to establish a comprehensive leadership development program to enhance leadership skills and encourage leaders to pay forward what they learned to support future executives.
The Developing Leaders program is a comprehensive, nine-month semester that encourages professional growth and includes cross-agency representation—a new approach that allowed participants to get to know and learn from individuals from other parts of the organization.
Blessing White’s ongoing research underscores this: in 360 feedback data collected for thousands of managers and executives, the majority of leaders get higher ratings on the competence items than on the connection items. The leaders who were rated highest overall were not the ones who scored highest in the competence Items, but rather, the ones scoring highest in the connection items.
It’s important to remind ourselves that the need for competence and connection does not disappear with the rise of digital leadership. In fact, it becomes even more critical. Great digital leaders will do what great leaders have been able to figure out for years—how to connect with the mind and lead with the heart.