5 Leadership Anchors™

The 5 Leadership Anchors™ provides a foundation for leadership success.

Each anchor point provides leaders with a baseline for demonstrating how a leader’s capacity can be utterly transformed when adopting these leadership anchors, compared to leaders who don’t have them as a foundation.

The leadership anchors are:

  • Leveraging Relational Currency — (A leader’s relationships)
  • Understanding Motivational Drivers — (A leader’s symbols of success)
  • Building Resilient Character — (A leader’s value code)
  • Empowering Effective Decision Making — (A leader’s personal script)
  • Transforming Goals and Outcomes — (A leader’s trajectory)

By helping leaders adopt and align these leadership anchors, they are equipped to identify roadblocks to achieving optimal capacity, establish transforming goals, and empowered to develop the strategies they need to address goals and desired outcomes that are often in conflict.

Leveraging Relational Currency

Relationships are the key to success and fulfilment.

Without the ability to lead and empower others in the workplace, it is highly unlikely you will achieve your goals. Beyond this, we know that stress, trauma or grief in personal relationships at work or outside of it, make it extremely difficult to perform at an optimal level.

The bottom line is, we transact in relationships every day. We make deposits and investments into others with the promise of seeing mutually beneficial outcomes. Similarly, we find ourselves in situations where we make significant withdrawals from relationships, sometimes quickly finding that we are bankrupting important relationships.

Fostering successful relationships is the key to leveraging our relational currency—value—to effectively manage up and down, build organizational trust, increase staff engagement, and empower collaboration.

Understanding Motivational Drivers

Success for each individual is far more personal than we think. Everybody is motivated by something – status, money, what they own and want to own, reputation, achieving something significant and life changing for themselves or someone else, and so on. This leadership anchor relates to a leader’s symbols of success.

Motivation is a powerful driver when it comes to setting goals and taking steps to achieving them. It explains why people behave the way they do, and what some are willing to do if something or someone gets in the way.

Because motivation is strongly linked to performance and personal fulfilment, understanding what drives you, and the ability to discern that for others, is key to increasing your leadership capacity. It will also help you to identify emerging conflicts when leaders and teams have a different view of success than you.

Building resilient Character

A Leader’s values influences all behavior and decisions.

They represent how leaders want to be recognized and what they want to be known for. It is foundational to their personal brand and the type of organizational culture they want to create. At a deeper level, there is a question about the resiliency of a leader's values in relation to performance. Understanding this brings us to the importance of a leader’s “value code.”

For leaders, building resilient character is not a simple task; it’s a lifelong process. As leaders, we know how hard it can be to make some decisions that affect those close to us, the people we work with, and the organizations we lead; but courage is one of the virtues foundational to a resilient character.

Building a resilient character and “walking the talk” influences goal setting, decision-making, and organizational outcomes.

Empowering Effective Decisions

Every person enters adulthood with thought processes and behaviour learned and adopted from childhood. Positive and negative experiences contribute significantly to how leaders think and behave—and forms their personal ‘script’. This forms the basis of a leader’s story…and future.

Having an awareness of this will help you understand a “behind the scenes” look at what influences the decisions you make, and how it directly impacts the degree to which you empower others to be part of key decisions that need to be made.

Perhaps one of the most overlooked factors that can impinge on this is the impact of negative experiences in the context of a leader’s bigger story, and the inability to reframe these and consider how they can be used positively. For some, this can bring a successful career to a shuddering standstill.

Overcoming dysfunctional patterns of leadership and being able to write a new leadership narrative will give you greater energy, a new focus, and the ability to look at situations and people in a totally new light.

Transforming Goals & Outcomes

Establishing goals as a measure of personal and corporate success is the norm, although surprisingly, not always practiced. But why do some goals work and others don’t? Were they realistic in the first place? Did we have the competencies that were needed? Did we allocate the right resources and effort?

This leadership anchor brings together the previous four anchors and provides a platform for setting goals that align a leaders personal, professional and organizational life. These should work with each other, not against each other. When they are in conflict, a leader’s capacity is under stress.

Learn the difference between a ‘normal’ goal and a ‘transforming’ one; the importance of building a culture of sustained performance rather than focusing on a short-term fix; and how a clarifying purpose and passion provides a strong foundation for achieving greater outcomes.