In­spir­ing young lead­ers

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS -

In the run-up to this year’s Business Awards, Quolux™, the lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment and strat­egy spe­cial­ist and spon­sor of the Life­time Achieve­ment Award, ex­plores the link be­tween good lead­er­ship and business suc­cess among pre­vi­ous win­ners. This week, Jo Draper, di­rec­tor of Quolux™, re­flects on good lead­er­ship at­tributes, with a salute to pre­vi­ous win­ners of the Young Per­son of the Year award, Lin­sey Tem­ple and Abby Guild­ing.

BE­ING a good leader is no easy task; it’s a busy and of­ten lonely role. It re­quires the be­lief and ca­pa­bil­ity to in­stil a pos­i­tive cul­ture, set a clear business strat­egy and have a thor­ough grip on or­gan­i­sa­tional pro­cesses.

Years of ex­pe­ri­ence and re­search shows us that good lead­ers are “made”, not “born” – it’s not down to per­son­al­ity or ge­netic make-up. With the right sup­port and train­ing we can all learn to im­prove what we do. Each of us can dis­cover, hone and prac­tise skills that can em­power us to be­come bet­ter lead­ers – de­vel­op­ing our­selves, our teams and our or­gan­i­sa­tions.

We’ve had the priv­i­lege to help sup­port two in­spi­ra­tional young fe­male lead­ers, who were recog­nised as ris­ing stars in the Glouces­ter­shire business world through the Young Per­son of the Year Award. Lin­sey Tem­ple, chief ex­ec­u­tive at Glouces­ter­shire En­gi­neer­ing Train­ing (GET), scooped the ti­tle in 2013 hav­ing risen through the ranks from ad­min­is­tra­tion ap­pren­tice to chief ex­ec­u­tive of this well­re­garded ed­u­ca­tion estab­lish­ment, train­ing more than 100 ap­pren­tices each year. Abby Guild­ing, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Wig­gly Worm, was granted the ac­co­lade in 2016 – tak­ing over the reins of the multi-award­win­ning char­ity which cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for life through prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ences and chal­lenges in the world of food.

Both women took part in our in­ten­sive lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme LEAD™ and through that we wit­nessed their growth as lead­ers. We saw how they de­vel­oped their self-be­lief and as­sur­ance by build­ing their skillset and ex­pe­ri­ence, not only sup­port­ing their own per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, but help­ing to grow their or­gan­i­sa­tions too.

In­creas­ing self-con­fi­dence is the key to un­lock­ing po­ten­tial for many lead­ers. Recog­nis­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing your skills and at­tributes as a leader and be­ing will­ing to work on those ar­eas that you wish to im­prove iden­ti­fies prac­ti­cal, ac­tion­able steps. To do this, it’s vi­tal to stop, re­flect and seek feed­back from peers. This is some­thing that works par­tic­u­larly well on our LEAD™ pro­gramme, where lead­ers feel com­fort­able to openly dis­cuss is­sues with like-minded in­di­vid­u­als, of­ten gain­ing re­as­sur­ance by the com­mon­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion and sup­port from those who have also “been through it”. They in­spire be­lief in each other.

Lin­sey and Abby are great ex­am­ples of good lead­ers. Since their award wins, they have main­tained their ded­i­ca­tion to con­tin­ual im­prove­ment, build­ing their skills through learn­ing, ob­serv­ing, prac­tice and ex­pe­ri­ence and this has reaped div­i­dends through the or­gan­i­sa­tions that they lead. In­deed, Lin­sey achieved her MBA (Lead­ing Business) and Abby has re­ceived her post­grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cate – one-third of the way to an MBA. These pi­o­neer­ing work-based qual­i­fi­ca­tions were cre­ated by Quolux™ in part­ner­ship with the Univer­sity of Glouces­ter­shire.

The next LEAD™ pro­gramme be­gins in Novem­ber 2019, when we’ll be bring­ing to­gether an­other small group of MDS, owner-man­agers, di­rec­tors, se­nior man­agers and part­ners to ex­plore their lead­er­ship and grow their com­pa­nies.

To see videos from like­minded lead­ers and dis­cover whether LEAD™ might help you with your lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment,

Lin­sey Tem­ple of Glouces­ter­shire En­gi­neer­ing Train­ing, pictured pre­sent­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship award to Kairo Sidibeh in April, won the Young Per­son of the Year Award in 2013

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