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Affirming that Leaders Should Focus on Teaching and Coaching

The development of your organization’s leaders has been a hallmark of our success for more than twenty-six years. In an article in the July 2014 issue of “Training + Development” entitled, “The Key to Success in a VUCA World”, the authors affirm what we have known for a long time. The best leaders are highly skilled teachers and coaches. As leaders are being confronted by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA), they must be able to innovatively adapt to ever-changing business contexts. Today’s leader must now be more personable and communicative with learning and development teams in order to bring every organizational level closer together. By following the examples set by successfully adaptive companies, such as Merck and Boeing, leaders can find new ways to create continuous learning environments in which everyone can feel like both a leader and a teacher. The leaders-as-teachers (LAT) approach has proven itself worthy by those successful organizations, efficiently leveraging organizational energy, understanding organization-specific culture, and building momentum through partnership and collaboration.

As stated in the article, “Leader-teachers working in partnership with learning and development teams can close the gap in the air sandwich by strengthening organizational alignment, building trust in leaders’ decision-making abilities, and supporting individual and organizational growth.” Leader-teachers must utilize traditionally unconventional methods of connecting with participants. It’s important that they use humility and make themselves vulnerable by engaging in open-forum sessions in which they can personalize lessons with relatable material. Additionally, the use of webinars and other online formats can become an effective tool in instilling traditional leading methods through a more advanced, current medium. By utilizing these capabilities, the next generation of leaders can emerge, allowing for organizations to keep thriving and adapting to change. Dering helps organizations in this pursuit. From presentation skills training to the coaching of coaches, and even full-blown train-the-teacher sessions, we can help prepare associates for a LAT approach.

TESTIMONIALS
  • This was by far one of the most engaging, thought-provoking, informative trainings I’ve had. Loved it. Paul did a great job. It was out-of-the-box and kept my attention during all four sessions. Kudos!

    Training class participant

  • The learning tools are quite enriching and very helpful in our day to day life at Ahold. I’m very grateful of the opportunity and chance to be part of this class.

    Training class participant

  • Terrific job with a very difficult and expansive group.

    Strategic Planning participant

  • I have attended many educational seminars and training sessions, but this subject, as presented by Paul Caulfield, is the absolute best ever… Kudos to Paul!

    Training class participant

  • Thanks so much for bringing out the best in me!

    Training class participant

  • Excellent facilitator of a diverse group of participants.  Good resulting document.

    Strategic Planning participant

  • Great workshop. Fun, exciting. Best workshop I’ve been involved in. Learned a lot. You were very enthusiastic when talking which made it more engaging.

    Training class participant

  • The understanding of the DiSC personality traits was extremely useful. I now have the tools available to make me become a more effective and communicative leader. Thank you, Dering Consulting Group.

    Training class participant

  • Excellent combination of activities and lecture learning. Appreciated usefulness of group activities–not just an activity for the sake of an activity.

    Training class participant

  • Facilitation was great.  The strategic planning process has formally identified what needs to be done and who is responsible.  Thanks!

    Strategic Planning participant

  • Through a subtle, skillful and carefully planned presentation, Paul successfully taught us this course on teaching. The entire process, especially the discussions and participation, brought a high level of engagement and provoked us into much though. Time well spent.

    Training class participant

  • Carol gave a wonderful seminar. I really enjoyed the participation, group work, activities, etc. Carol adapted so much to our specific questions, and tailored examples to our industry. I will carry this knowledge with me to improve my communication skills in my home and professional life.

    Training class participant

  • This was an extremely vital process that will lead to the longevity and survival of an important community program.  Thank you for being our life preserver in these turbulent seas.

    Strategic Planning participant

  • The training session was extremely valuable as I was experiencing quite a few challenges and the training will enable me to deal with them more efficiently.

    Training class participant

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