The High-Performance Leader – What Skills do You Need?


The high-performance leader is emotionally intelligent, engages group members, and has developed the mental skills to make wise decisions.  Photo Source:

Last week we talked about why coaching is so important to leader development and performance in today’s dynamic corporate environment.  This week, we look at specific skills identified as critical for high-performance leaders and why women have an advantage in today’s workplace.

According to recent research by Gallop, high-performance leaders share similar talents that underlie a foundation of emotional intelligence.  These talents create a supportive workplace culture and employee engagement while moving the organization forward and making wise situationally-aware decisions.

  1. Motivate. A high-performance leader engages all members of the group with an inspiring vision and mission.  Understands group members and how to activate intrinsic motivational strategies to build engagement, instill a culture of learning, and maximize performance and growth.
  2. Assertiveness and Energy. Leaders have to be advocates for their departments and team members.  Knowing how to be assertive while building relationships across departments is the key to being a high-performance leader.  Leadership requires the energy to overcome obstacles and engage multiple levels of the organization to maximize individual and group performance.
  3. Accountability. A high-performance leader empowers group members to take ownership of the work product and creates an environment of clear accountability.  This accountability embraces honest feedback without blaming and includes the behavior and performance of the leader.  The ability to establish and mentor a culture of accountability requires an emotionally intelligent leader.
  4. Build Relationships. One of the most important talents of a leader is building engagement and trust with group members and within the organization.  Open, insightful, empathic, and skillful communication are the foundation of relationship building.  Group members have to know that the leader cares and is concerned with the development of the group member.  Perspective taking skills and emotional intelligence are critical to a leader’s ability to build these relationships.
  5. Wise Decision Making. High-performance leaders make decisions based on productivity, organizational well-being, and complete situational awareness.  Emotions, stress, and perceptional errors cloud leader thinking and result in poor decisions.  Leaders must be able to control emotions and accurately perceive the environment to make wise decisions.

Why Women Have an Advantage.  The Gallop research found that women leaders tend to engage and be more concerned with employee development than their male counterparts.  Women leaders were found to be more collaborative and more likely to engage in pro-social communication that engenders relationship building.  Supporting research has shown that women are also more likely to identify and be aware of their and others emotional competencies.

The results of the Gallop study show a high-performance leader is rare (about 10% of current leaders) and that the skills needs to be a high-performance leader are not taught and developed in MBA programs.  The study shows the need for organizations and leaders to invest in leadership coaching to develop the skills needed to guide organizations in this dynamic uncertain corporate environment.

Let TierOne Performance Consulting help you develop the skills and confidence you need to be a high-performance leader.

Remember – Put your mind on what matters!

Why Leadership Coaching is Important


Leadership coaching is the #1 performance enhancer in today’s competitive corporate environment.

Why leadership coaching? It used to be that you only had to worry about the kid in the next cubical, not so much in today’s global talent market.  Now you have to worry about the kid in the next city, state, and country.  Have a weakness?  Your company will find someone half-a-world away that doesn’t.  Not ready to work 14-hour days and be on call day and night?  Your company will find someone who is…and pay them less.  Your MBA program did not prepare you for everything that is expected of you now that you are in a leadership role, what is worse, as you stress out at work from your lack of preparedness, you will suffer physically, gain weight, and you will transfer that stress into every other relationship in your life.

The solution?  Professional leadership coaching.  A Gallop study found that less than 10% of current managers have the skills necessary to be effective in their roles.  The same study reported that this lack of leadership skills costs companies between $319 billion to $398 billion annually.  What is more concerning for you, your lack of leadership performance will result in the loss of your job.

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Lacking the skills to perform in your new leadership role will create stress at work and at home and ultimately lead to professional derailment.

Unfortunately, developing the skills needed to be successful takes time and your MBA program has not served you well.  Your one or two leadership classes and class team projects didn’t teach YOU how to LEAD people and thrive in a competitive dynamic environment.  A good coaching program should use science-based methods and be tailored to your specific needs to develop your hard and soft leadership skills over time.  And more importantly, your program should give you a chance to practice the skills repeatedly in a supportive non-threatening environment until you are proficient and confident.

Let TierOne Performance Consulting help you develop the skills and confidence you need to be successful and happy.

Next week we will look at what skills are most needed by today’s leaders, and why women may just have the advantage.

Remember – Put your mind on what matters!