Traditional Leadership Development Is Broken, But It Can Be Fixed
Over the past 25 years, we’ve worked with and observed hundreds of organizations and their leadership development programs. And unfortunately, most of these programs don’t even come close to accomplishing what they were designed to do – build better leaders for the long term.
Our observation makes one fact clear: Leadership development has been broken for years.
Each year more money is invested in leadership development, with disappointing results. The return on investment is often, unfortunately, dismal.
Because here’s the thing – when it comes to leadership development, most programs focus on developing a great training program. Somehow, the terms training and development have become synonymous when they are not at all. Here is the truth:
Training is an event, but learning (including leadership development) is a process.
It might sound funny to hear us saying that the problem is training, but that’s not entirely what we are saying here. The problem comes from thinking that training (alone) can meet your needs or solve your leadership development problems.
Your experience tells you it doesn’t, and it can’t.
When we see leadership development just as training, we are doing what everyone else is doing – focusing on “best practices” and not the actual practice itself. You know how some people define insanity, right? Doing the same thing and expecting a different result.
By that definition, when it comes to developing leaders, there are a lot of insane organizations, and insane leaders – all with great intentions, but a terrible strategy.
Beyond the “event” nature of training, often training isn’t even very good. Too much training is a monologue rather than a dialogue – an event where attendees are passively listening and not participating; and definitely not practicing and planning for success.
People don’t learn important, complex life skills in an instant. In an instant, we can get an insight, an aha, and an inspiration. At an event, we can get ideas, approaches, checklists, and knowledge and foundations for skill development. But skills are developed over time – not in a one shot, one-time training course (regardless of how well it is designed or how awesome the trainer is). Skills are honed through practice and application.
The only way to get real leadership development is to create a process that supports real-life learning and one where the events are only a small planning part of the overall process. Until you create that you will never have a reasonable rate of return on the investment of time, talent and energy.
And even if we get the skills part right, it’s not enough.
The parts that are missing are the reasons you are disappointed with the effectiveness of your leadership development up until now. There are two very important pieces missing–what comes before the skill and what it takes for the skill to take hold.
The Most Important Element of Effective Leadership That No One Is Talking About
While leadership is about the outcomes you want to achieve and supporting and growing team members to reach those outcomes, there is something more.
Leadership isn’t about the leader, but it starts with the leader.
Who you are says much about how you will lead.
Before we even get to the skills that support the success of our team members, there is us. The element missing from nearly all leadership development activities is any discussion of, understanding of and development of the mindsets of the leader.
Your mindset is the collection of thoughts and beliefs that shape your thoughts. Your mindset determines your attitude and defines how you interpret the world. Your mindset creates your thoughts, and those thoughts drive your actions.
If we don’t align our mindset with the skills we want to employ (or teach others), there is virtually no chance of applying a skill consistently (if you can even really learn it at all).
And while there isn’t a perfect set of the “right” mindsets for leadership effectiveness, every mindset will impact the way a person leads. And if you understand their impacts, you can adjust and choose mindsets that support the success you want to create as a leader, and as a human being..
Most leadership development activities never consider or address mindset; but as you now see, mindset is the critical starting point for lasting leadership growth and success.
Leadership Skills Are Still Useless without THIS
Knowing the right skills to lead more effective is helpful.
Understanding how to use them is necessary.
But developing any skill (including leadership skills) isn’t an academic exercise.
You can’t build your leadership skills in a classroom. To ride a bike, you must put your butt on a seat and start pedaling. Let me make this clear: all the instruction in the world may help, but skill development comes in the real world with real situations, in real time during real life.
Yes, skills are the start, but to master a skill it we must try it, then dedicate ourselves to making that new skill permanent. How do skills become permanent? We need habits to support the needed practice. More than creating practice, habits allow us to do things without thinking.
Do you think about how you tie your shoes, comb your hair, or brush your teeth? Do you think about how you greet a co-worker or give feedback?
If you want to change any established practice (including how you do any leadership skill) you must create a habit to support the application of the new skill. The simple fact is learning a new skill or improving an existing one requires a change of habit.
In order to be a better leader, we must know what our habits are, and decide if they are supporting successful results. If we determine they aren’t we must know how to create and sustain the new habits. Then and only then can we consciously create the habitset the will support the leadership results we desire.
You know this: habits are at the heart of our results. If you aren’t getting the results you want in any area of life, a big key is to figure out which habits (considered or not) are getting in your way, then adjusting them to create new results. The problem is we don’t have a way to apply this in real life.
Mindset + Skillset + Habitset = Lasting Leadership Growth and Success
The Remarkable Way is a revolutionary system that helps you learn and apply all three of these components:
Only when each is considered, understood and developed can anyone come close to becoming the Remarkable Leader they were born to be.
Leadership development is complex and can’t be oversimplified. That is why the historical focus on skills alone isn’t enough. It can’t be about one, or even two of the components. Lasting success comes only when all three – mindset-skillset- and habitset are employed.
Training Is an Event, Learning Is a Process.
Zig Ziglar once said “Others can stop you temporarily. You are the only one who can do it permanently.”
We all go through levels of learning and often, in the process, fail and have to re-group and begin again.
And only the leaders who are willing to go through that process again and again will achieve success.
There’s no such thing as overnight success; and you won’t become remarkable overnight. Learning is a process, a journey, that never ends.
Think about any skill that you have. Did you learn it solely in a classroom, or watching some online training?
Riding a bike…playing a musical instrument…walking…
Instruction may be part of the process but will never be the full solution.
Now think about specifically for leaders…
Listening…being a good team member…giving feedback…
We learn skills by practice, in an active, real setting, where we can try, fail, repeat, and improve. Learning is a process. Clear and simple.
The Remarkable Way is a Revolutionary System That Uses a Proven Process to Get the Leadership Results You Deserve
The Remarkable Way is a proven process to get the results that you need – it is an on-going development process, not a one-time workshop. It goes beyond teaching skills – it helps you develop the skillset you need – but it also helps you identify and develop the mindsets and habitsets critical to your short and long term success.
Here’s what you can expect each month:
|A Monthly Planning Tool: Any project needs a plan, and The Remarkable Way is your plan for leadership success. At the start of each month you will receive a document to set you up for success in learning and applying that month’s focus skill.|
|Skillset Spotlight: This monthly, 45-minute webinar will provide you with ideas, approaches and tactics to help you gain a new skill. It will be practical and quick. You will get the skillset foundation in that 45 minutes – whether you listen live with me or access it later from your Remarkable Way Learning Portal. And, if you lead any remote team members, each Skillset Spotlight will provide you with The Long-Distance Difference – giving you ideas for applying that month’s focus skill with your remote team members.|
|Mindset TV: Every week, you will receive a short video from Kevin that addresses your leadership mindset. You’ll get ideas, and input and will be challenged and inspired to consider the mindset that will best help you apply and develop that month’s focus skill.|
|Your Morning Minute: Habits build daily. To help you create the habitsets to support your development, you will receive a brief text message each workday morning. It will remind, inspire and inform. It will be something you can read in far less than a minute – but is designed to keep consciously moving towards your development goals, creating the habits you want and need to make it all really happen.|
|The Coaching Call-in: Your membership in The Remarkable Way gives you direct live personal access to me each month too. If you have ever listened to a radio show where the host took calls, you know how this will work. You will have access to a special phone number, and the first one through gets 10-15 minutes with Kevin – one-on-one to discuss your questions or challenges relate to that month’s focus skill – or whatever you want to discuss. If you call in and the line is busy, call again. Kevin will work with you on a first-come, first-served basis with the topic and agenda set completely by you.|
|The Remarkable Way Community: If you think the only person you can learn from is Kevin, you are limiting your learning opportunities! As a member of the Remarkable Way you will have members-only access to Facebook Group where you can ask questions, share your ideas, and see me and other members of The Kevin Eikenberry Group weigh in too. Consider this a way to learn with and from a group of leaders just like you – who want to learn, grow and develop.|
The Skillset Plan for 2019-20 Session of The Remarkable Way
Below are the skillsets by month that we will learn, practice and develop in the first year of The Remarkable Way.
- March 2019: Transforming Resistance Into Acceptance
- April 2019: Coaching High Performers
- May 2019: Creating a Culture of Accountability
- June 2019: Influencing Powerfully
- July 2019: Creating Team Commitment
- August 2019: Presenting Powerfully
- September 2019: Getting More (of the Right Things) Done
- October 2019: Giving Effective Feedback
- November 2019: Setting Goals Collaboratively
- December 2019: Creating Commitment Not Just Compliance
- January 2020: Listening as a Leader
- February 2020: Building Confidence in Yourself and Others
- March 2020: Using Stories to Communicate More Effectively
Every month, I will be equipping you to be the most successful leader that you are capable of being. The Remarkable Way solves the problems and frustrations we have heard for years about traditional leadership development.
If you are frustrated by the lack of growth of your personal leadership skills, and you are looking for a solution, you are in the right place.
If you are stressed because the leaders across your organization need ongoing support and the training you have developed isn’t enough, it’s time to try something new.
If you are looking for a way to reinforce and implement what you already know, now you have an answer.
If you want to continue your leadership development, but don’t have time to drop everything and attend another workshop, you have a new option.
If your organization can’t spare their leaders to be away for days learning skills that they might never get fully implemented, let’s talk.
Invest in Your Future Today and Get These Bonuses
Registration CLOSES at midnight on Thursday, February 21 and we will not open registration again until June! You must join us before then and when you do, you will get the following bonuses:
- A copy of the best-selling book Remarkable Leadership: a practical handbook written for anyone who wants to hone the skills they need to become a remarkable leader.
- A Remarkable Journal: In order continue your learning journey you need a place to think on paper, a place to capture your ideas, a place to reflect. A journal is the perfect place for this, and we want you to have one specifically meant for your leadership journey. This Journal was designed by Kevin to help you maximize your learning and skill development.
- The Insider: our print newsletter filled with the latest ideas and new applications of timeless leadership principle written for leaders just like you.
- Managing Up: Working Successfully with Any Type of Boss: The recording and transcript of this powerful training where you will learn proven strategies and techniques to increase cooperation and collaboration with anyone!
- Integrating Learning Into Your Leadership Life: Integrating Learning Into Your Leadership Life: The recording and transcript of this powerful training where you will learn tools and ideas for integrating learning into how your life and work.
FAST-ACTION BONUS! The first 25 members who join will receive a free seat in any Coaching with Confidence Workshop! That’s a $1,300 value!
So what are you waiting for?
YOU are the best investment that will you ever make and The Remarkable Way is the BEST way to ensure huge returns on your investment.
Achieving leadership success doesn’t have to be frustrating, fatiguing or unattainable.
I can help you break through if you’re ready. Let’s do this.
Kevin is the Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group, a leadership and learning consulting company that has been helping organizations, teams and individuals reach their potential since 1993. Kevin’s specialties include leadership, teams and teamwork, organizational culture, facilitating change, organizational learning and more.
He has been named to many exclusive lists: In 2014 and 2018 to Inc.com’s Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts in the World and 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, American Management Association’s Leaders to Watch in 2015 – 2018 and Top Sales World’s 2015 Top Sales & Marketing Influencers, as well as the Best 50 Leadership Blog Sites from Ready to Manage in 2016.
Kevin’s philosophy in business and in life is that every person and every organization have extraordinary potential. Investments of time, energy, focus and money are required for that potential to be realized. He believes learning is an active, ongoing process, not a passive, one-time event. Learning, work and life should be fun; and, if we are doing it right, work (and learning) is play.
He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, small firms, universities, government agencies, hospitals, and more. His client list includes the American Red Cross, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Cirque du Soleil, Comcast, Dell, John Deere, Purdue University, Sears Canada, Shell, Southwest Airlines, US Food & Drug Administration and Verizon.
He is the bestselling author of Remarkable Leadership: Unleashing Your Leadership Potential One Skill at a Time, a leadership primer designed to help you learn and master the 13 competencies of remarkable leaders; and Vantagepoints on Learning and Life, a collection of his email essays on learning from everyday experiences. His other books include #LeadershipTweet: 140 Bite Sized Ideas to Help You Become the Leader You Were Born to Be, and the co-author of From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership, and The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership – just announced as the 2018 Best Business Book by Soundview Media.
Is this really interactive learning?
In a word – absolutely! Our live webinars give you the chance to ask questions, offer suggestions and get feedback every month. You also have the opportunity to get personal access to Kevin with the Coaching Call-in, the Remarkable Way Community as well as our entire Remarkable Leadership team via phone and email when you need us.
Do I need to be in a “real” leadership role to participate?
How do you define “real”? Seriously, what makes you any different from a Fortune 100 CEO, department head, front line supervisor or a PTA President?
No matter what your business card says (or doesn’t say), we believe every person on the planet can be a leader. You may not have anyone to lead yet, but every person has the capacity to lead in some way. The Remarkable Way is built around meeting you where you are in your leadership journey.
What do Members do every month?
Our Members spend time participating in webinars, reflecting on leadership mindset each week with Mindset TV, creating and practicing leadership habits through Your Morning Minute and sharing their successes and challenges with the other Members through the Community and otherwise.
Before you say “I don’t have time” or “there’s no way I could fit this is into my routine”, you need to know The Remarkable Way is built specifically with active, busy, on-the-go leaders in mind. All of the tools are designed to combine seamlessly with your professional – and personal – life – so that your leadership development becomes a part of your life.
Webinars are offered during the work day and can be scheduled like a meeting on your calendar. If for some reason you aren’t able to join us live, recordings are made available for every webinar. Every month we focus specifically on area can be strengthened and immediately applied in your office, at your next meeting, with your team, in your next presentation, etc.
This approach allows you to really hone and practice your new (or refreshed) skills, mindsets and habitsets quickly without ever having to leave the office or lose time on the job. You’ll immediately see results and have opportunities to get on-going feedback from your team and colleagues.
There is no such thing as overnight success and you won’t become remarkable overnight. If you want lasting success, you must make your learning and your development a sustainable process.
The Remarkable Way is a proven process that will help you get the results that you need. It is an on-going process that goes beyond just teaching the leadership skills – it helps you develop the skillset you need and it also helps you identify and develop the mindsets and habitsets that are critical to your short and long-term success.
This monthly, on-going system will solve the problems and frustrations that traditional leadership development has struggled to answer for years.
Start Your Journey to Remarkable Leadership and Become a Charter Member!
We offer two convenient payment options:
One payment of $2,400
Three payments of $850 – first payment due now, remaining two will be charged once per month over the next two months.