- Are you a leader or manager and looking to develop your leadership skills?
- Do you wish you knew how best to motivate your team?
- Are you a leader who needs to set vision and direction?
- Do you need to influence upwards in your organisation?
- Would you love to discover the secrets to charisma and success?
If so, then you may be interested in Reason Number Two to Study for the NLP Diploma: Become a Better Leader.
(You can check out my previous blog post on Reasons to Study for the NLP Diploma Number One: Personal Development.)
Would you love to:
- Be able to adapt your communication style when needed to influence both upwards and downward
- Build strong rapport with your team
- Learn tools for having difficult conversations
- Give honest feedback that is well received and heard
- Understand more about the different perspectives and thinking styles in your team
- Understand your own strengths, weaknesses and preferences and how others may experience them.
- Learn useful tools for strategy setting
- Get people on board with your vision and goals for your business
- Know how to motivate individual team members
- Have the self-confidence and courage to lead and believe in yourself
The NLP Diploma is a fantastic personal development course to help you become a better leader. In the rest of the article, I focus on some of the key issues facing leaders today:
- Imposter Syndrome and leading with confidence and courage
- Influencing Stakeholders with the ability to adapt your communication style
- Managing a diverse team of people
Many of our participants on the NLP Diploma course are wanting to improve their leadership and influencing skills in a work setting (although, it always comes in useful at home too!)
Overcome Imposter Syndrome - Lead with Confidence and Courage
It can be really challenging to keep on top of it all, and particularly to feel like you’re doing it well. A recent study by KPMG found that a huge 75% of female executives, across all industries studied, have experienced Imposter Syndrome. From personal experience of coaching clients, males are not immune to Imposter Syndrome either.
Imposter Syndrome is the feeling of inadequacy or self-doubt that can beset even the most competent of leaders. Leaders that suffer with it often report the feeling that they are about to be ‘found out’ – that they aren’t actually capable of the job and that someone else will ‘discover’ them as an imposter at any moment.
At the very least, this can make for an unpleasant experience at work. At the most, it can cause crippling lack of confidence and self-esteem and cause incredibly skilled and valued leaders to quit their roles.
To be an authentic leader, you need to have confidence and courage in your convictions, while also acknowledging your short-comings and, where appropriate, showing your vulnerabilities.
That is where the NLP Diploma can help. Many of my students say that the biggest thing they came away from the course with was a new sense of self-confidence and clarity on their direction, whether that was business, career, or personal. They feel a sense of resilience and courage to follow through in their convictions.
The course covers how you can manage your emotional state when things are challenging, allowing your to stay level-headed and make decisions. We also look at the power of your unconscious mind, and how your conscious mind can sometimes distract you with red herrings and seemingly ‘logic’ – although these are often just excuses masquerading as logic instead and stem from our fears and worries.
We explore how you can tune into your gut feelings and inner confidence and ignore the sometimes unhelpful commentary and self-talk that goes on in your conscious mind.
Here are some quotes from leaders who have been on the course:
“The biggest change in my life has been the quiet confidence and feeling of self-worth. I now feel able to say no and walk away from situations that make me feel uncomfortable.”
“We talked about confidence issues and I learnt a number of tools and techniques to put in 'My Bag of Resilience.' I still use these techniques now.”
Influencing Stakeholders - Adapting Your Communication Style
For any of these things, you need to be able to appreciate the individuality of people. What works for one person simply won’t work for someone else. The ability to flex your communication style (and content) is key to connecting with, and influencing the range of people you’re likely to come across in any organisation.
Where one stakeholder might just need the headlines to be able to get on board, another stakeholder might want to delve into all of the details. One colleague might prefer a phonecall to chat an idea through, while another prefers a written report or visual powerpoint to understand something. One team member might value lots of support and encouragement and a daily check-in, another person might experience this is micro-managing.
Understanding people as individuals, including what they value, what motivates them, how they prefer to receive information, the level of detail they like to operate at, as well as knowing how to build rapport with a variety of people are all really important for a win-win outcome .
Managing a Diverse Team of People
Perhaps you feel you don’t speak the same language as your boss? Or maybe your team don’t see things the same way as you? Or maybe just a few tweaks in your leadership gravitas could make a big difference?
One of the biggest challenges in any business is managing the people. Even when we follow the classic, although misguided, pattern of recruiting people just like ourselves, they still turn out to be their own individual person.
And if you’re able to recruit the kind of diverse team that is proven to bring greater business benefits, then this team will include different cultures, different ideas, different thinking and communication styles. Inevitably, this is then going to need a huge amount more flexibility of style to manage them all as individuals as well as a cohesive team.
The NLP diploma can help improve your leadership and people management skills by exploring the human connection basics.
This includes things like the science behind how to build rapport, exploring different communication styles and preferences, and how to communicate in a style that ISN’T your preference.
The course helps you to understand what makes people tick – how you can inspire and motivate your team, and how you can bring people enthusiastically onboard with a vision and purpose, by expressing it in a way that can really be heard and resonate with everyone. It covers how to find out what someone values and to respect their ‘map of the world’ while also upholding your own values too.
One of the key tools you will learn on the NLP Diploma is the Feedback Model. This is a way to give constructive honest feedback, balanced with both positive and negatives and in a way that is well-received and encourages acceptance rather than defensiveness.
From the words you use, to the body language you display, to the energy and gravitas you portray, the NLP Diploma can help you to become a better, stronger, more people-connected leader with increased flexibility of style and approach.
Study the NLP Diploma to become a better leader.
You can find out more about the course and book your place now at: Change Your Life with NLP (4-day Diploma)
If you’d like to chat it through, contact me at email@example.com or on 07757 542956.