Today, we are bringing you an expert interview with the wonderful Rodger Pyrah. Rodger is an international speaker, consultant, facilitator, trainer, executive coach, and senior instructor of GLOMACS – a professional consulting, training and coaching firm.
You may have heard of Rodger’s fantastic & popular training sessions, The Effective Team Leader, Strategic Thinking, Analysis and Planning, but today he is here to give us some insight and advice into respectful, and effective leadership.
So, without further ado, we would like to introduce the veteran: Rodger Pyrah
What is the most common mistake you see made by leaders?
The most common mistake by leaders for me is ARROGANCE – an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions.
Examples include, but are not inclusive –
I know best
I didn’t know
It’s not my fault
Not appreciating others
Dominating rather than serving
Do as I say – not as I do
Not giving reasons
And many more …
What is the most important tip you can give for developing leadership skills?
“Leadership is gained by attraction, not promotion”.
It is not what you say but what you DO that will encourage me to follow you.
We believe in what we see. So what do I see – do you “attract”? What do I hear – do you “promote”?
Words can mislead, but behavior defines the person.
What book would you recommend to someone taking on new leadership roles?
I would say “The Five Levels of Leadership” by John Maxwell.
“True leadership isn’t a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than ‘the boss’, people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership – where experience will allow you to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others.
Through humour, in-depth insight, and examples, internationally recognized leadership expert John c. Maxwell describes each of these stages of leadership. He shows you how to master each level and rise up to the next to become a more influential, respected, and successful leader”.
Which leader has had the biggest personal influence on your life?
For most of my school life and early employment I was not successful – I took the easy way out… I had the ability, it was more a lack of motivation and ambition. However, after reading the following speech I realized that failure was “giving in” and SUCCESS was “never giving in” and that became the biggest personal influence on my life.
“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never give in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy”. ― Winston S. Churchill
Who can benefit from leadership coaching?
One of the definitions of coaching includes the phrase – “the answer lies with the coachee”.
As a result, those who can benefit the most from coaching are those who are prepared to find the answers from within themselves rather than be given a set of theoretical answers.
Leadership is demonstrated through personal values, beliefs and actions of that person, not the theories of another.
Describe how your coaching sessions works?
My coaching sessions with Glomacs combine part coaching, part mentoring.
COACHING – I have no knowledge of your specific requirements, therefore I can ask searching and challenging questions.
MENTORING – I have 25 years of Senior Management and Training Consultancy behind me, so I have real and personal experience to share in response to the challenges you face.
What is the first step someone should take if they are interested in your coaching services with Glomacs?
Identify What You Want To Achieve – have a goal or objective in what you want to achieve through the coaching experience.
Without a true purpose you do not have a basis to start or measure your path to success.
Well said! Thanks for stopping by, Rodger – it was lovely to have you here.
Rodger’s upcoming training sessions are now available on Glomacs, as well as other popular Management and Leadership & Strategy and Planning themes . If you’d like to find out more information about an upcoming event or if you have plans to schedule a customized coaching session exclusively for your team , get in touch with us. Visit our website for more information on our programs. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (971-4) 425 0700. We would be pleased to discuss whether and how we can be of help for your specific situation.
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