The modern leader has to effectively engage with a complex and shifting environment: rising costs; diminishing budgets; increasing customer / stakeholder expectations – add to this market disruption, streamlined workforces, and the work : life imbalance. A critical friend is there to challenge and support the modern leader.
For all the investment into leadership development, the pressures are increasing – enlightened leaders embrace the use of a critical friend.
With an emphasis on the psychology of the leader, Neil uses Emotional Intelligence as a foundation to the Executive Development Pathway – using a recognised assessment and feedback mechanism to identify areas of strength as well as opportunities for development.
Why engage a Critical Friend?
The behaviours, interactions, and outcomes are all dependent upon the psychology of the person: your thoughts, beliefs, attitude and mindset all serve to inform these external activities.
Whilst there are many ‘hard’ skills to explore (e.g. the technical knowledge required to succeed in post), the softer elements of what makes a leader a leader can sometimes be ignored.
The critical friend has a commitment to ensured that the integrated psychology of the leader is in place with a structured approach to success – and this calls for push-back as we seek out the very best from the leader before supporting the new way forward.
With over twenty years’ experience as a director in startup, SME and Plc environments, Neil has worked with public and private sector (current and aspiring) leaders in:
- developing the leadership skills of high-potential individuals;
- supporting newly-promoted managers in their first 100 days;
- developing management and leadership skills among subject matter experts;
- intervention and correction of behavioral problems;
- helping leaders to resolve interpersonal conflicts among employees; and
- guiding managers and leaders through times of major transformation
To speak to Neil about his work in Critical Friendship: