31 January 2022
Leadership development is a top priority for companies big and small, but it’s not working.
Estimates place the global annual spend for leadership development training at over $50 billion. We invest because managers guide growth, innovation, and results; but with new challenges facing a stressed workforce, companies are even more urgently in need of a return on their investment.
But the fact is, leaders are struggling. They are being asked to achieve more in less time and with fewer resources while also embracing new ways of working and behaving. At the same time, they’ve been locked up at home. Sometimes lonely, often overwhelmed and always worried about their health and those they love most. And while all this is happening, the business pressures just keep on piling up.
Behavioral scientists at MindGym have found the secret to what really makes a difference to how managers and leaders adapt and handle ever-changing challenges. A learned skill that will help your managers run high-performing teams and nudge the whole system in the right direction. And it’s quite a big deal in the world of leadership development.
Why traditional models are failing
Traditional models have lots of good things to offer, but they can’t go far enough. They don’t always account for new challenges in the workforce, including hybrid, skill shortages and burnout, and they aren’t created to address competing goals that drive tensions in the workplace.
New leadership development goes beyond needing to be just more agile or purpose-driven. Development that makes a difference is rooted in HOW to achieve these things when facing the inevitable tensions that arise from competing organizational goals.
Things like focusing on growth and profitability while also being agile and experimenting. These are conflicting and competing – and the models fail to reflect these realities for leaders.
Tensions hold potential
Tensions naturally exist across all organizations. Choosing between burnout and wellbeing or managing expectations and meeting deadlines are common hurdles managers steer their teams through daily - but these tensions are not always a bad thing. The absence of tension is slack. Without tensions, you lose the opportunity for growth.
The key to transitioning from a good leader to a great one is recognizing tensions and reframing them to drive growth, better results and innovation. Not to mention nurturing a happier workforce.
At MindGym, we call this ability Attunement, and we have made this complex talent learnable by breaking it down into four practices - NSCA (or what we like to call SCAN, because it’s easier to remember)
In the right hands, these four practices will help leaders be better equipped to balance tensions, adapt and redirect them to create bigger opportunities. Leaders will become less dependent on rules and models and instead, rely on being flexible to more effectively navigate the new normal.
Making Leadership Learnable
Leadership is about bringing others along with you. An ongoing process of navigating tensions in productive, sustainable ways. And with behavioral science, MindGym has broken it down into something that can be practiced and learned.
We’ve identified the top work tensions
Our white paper will reveal the top tensions organizations worldwide are facing today. And we’ve created experiences to allow leaders to come together and work out how to navigate these tensions. Our solution is not just another model; it’s practical, it’s hands-on and it works.
The chances are some (if not most) of your leaders are exhausted and struggling. MindGym’s new leadership development experience will make a difference. Instead of stressed leaders who are wasting energy on fighting fires, they’ll have more impact and actually make progress.
This is leadership development that works in a new world that was thrust upon us ahead of time, and will keep working in whatever normal comes next. A world where lives needed changing for the better. Do you want to be part of the MindGym evolution? Book a call with our experts to discover how to make leadership learnable.
Read our free Leadership Regained report for more science-backed insights on leadership development.