The skills and mindset needed to foster a deeper sense of purpose

There is a strong and growing trend towards the importance of meaning and purpose in leadership. New starters want careers that are meaningful, talented individuals can be retained if they feel they are appreciated and making a difference, and leadership teams and shareholders are increasingly aware of the need to deliver more than just profits.

Individuals and organisations that are led by a powerful sense of purpose tend to leverage greater performance and commitment, and when people can see how their role contributes to something more than themselves, they generate meaning from what they do.

Our meaning and purpose in leadership solutions are designed to help leaders develop the knowledge, skills and mindset needed to foster a deeper sense of purpose and create more meaning in the workplace.

Developing meaning and purpose in leadership requires numerous skills across many levels. Any programme can be completely tailored to your needs, but below is a description of the areas we can address.

Personal Leadership

At a personal level, having meaning and purpose means deeply understanding your personal ‘why’, and knowing how you find meaning in what you do. Our approach involves supporting leaders to, for example: identify their values and guiding principles and explore how these relate to their work; challenge people to consistently put their values into action across all their activities; and develop skills for maintaining their connection to what is meaningful, through every-day and higher purpose meaning.

Relational Leadership

Leadership that grows meaning and purpose requires relational skills that are appreciative and support people to see how their contributions are important and meaningful. Our solutions may involve, for example: learning about how different people understand the concepts of meaning and purpose; building skills in emotional and spiritual intelligence; understanding how to have conversations about how people find meaning and purpose; and learning about a positive psychology approach to leveraging strengths through appreciative conversations.

Team Leadership

The ability to create a sense of meaning and purpose in groups and teams involves leadership that can align individuals around the collective expression of values. Our approach might involve, for example: supporting leaders to develop skills so they can help team members to align their personal aims to a group purpose; align team activities with organisational aims; develop synergies and collaborative working; and develop practices that enable the team to congruently express their values through their actions.

Systemic Leadership

At the systems level, developing a leadership culture underpinned by meaning and purpose means developing systems and processes that align to making a contribution beyond the direct interests of the organisation to the wider local and global community. Our programmes might involve, for example: supporting organisations to identify a shared purpose and agree on their collective values, develop processes through which they can measure whether they are living to those values and hold themselves to account; and share and celebrate their successes for the benefit of the organisation, stakeholders, employees and communities.

Find out more about meaning and purpose in leadership

For more information about how your organisation can benefit from our meaning and purpose leadership solutions, don’t hesitate to contact us today.