The topic of leadership is a classic “verbal grenade” with a vast array of theories, frameworks, concepts, types, definitions and personal experiences that make for fascinating debate.. To further explore the leadership eco-system we commissioned some original research into the notion of Purpose in Leadership, the results of which break new ground by looking at leadership effectiveness through the lens of prominent leaders themselves and how they define success and lead in the context of the environments they work in.

We found that those who lead with a sense of purpose have a guiding set of personal goals and objectives, they evoke passion and commitment and unify people to operate beyond their business objectives. Their sense of purpose is both self imposed and time bound and their definition of successful outcomes, such as their legacy, is personal.

The research formed the basis of a unique Leadership Model, which is now available as a Leadership Assessment tool and Development programme. The tool is centered on three key themes:

– Defining a leader’s sense of Purpose
– Developing a leader’s key behaviours: Trust, Vision, Influence, Adaptability and Fortitude
– Understanding the context of the environment they work in including identifying potential barriers or facilitators to success. This explores, culture, autonomy, pressure, creativity, diversity and data quality

The results of the assessment tool are used to shape the Leadership Development programme.

Leadership with Purpose Diagram

The Leadership Development programme has been used to both prepare candidates for executive roles and for their first strategic mandate.

To learn more about the Leadership Research or the Leadership Development Programme please get in touch with Chris Underwood here