My company, Blue Egg Leadership designed and utilizes the SALC™ tool to help small giants and awarenerpeurs alike design and develop adaptive competencies. The SALC™ stands for Strategic Agility, Affect, Leader Efficacy and Consciousness. This month we are sharing Leader Efficacy.
Implementing Leadership Efficacy
BASELINE: Today’s leaders face many variables both in organizations and businesses in order to adapt to ever-accelerating rates of change both internally and with the external environments of economy, customer needs and marketing. Leadership efficacy is a specific form of efficacy associated with the level of confidence in the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with leading others (Hannah, et. al, 2008). The term efficacy actually was defined in the 1970’s by Albert Bandura. Albert Bandura defined self-efficacy as one's belief in one's ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplish a task. One's sense of self-efficacy can play a major role in how one approaches goals, tasks, and challenges. It may also be defined as the ability to produce a desired or intended result. In coaching, we use leader efficacy as a process of which to build a leader, entrepreneur or solopreneur ability to define their direction, lead others, build interdependent networks, and utilize effective language for results.
LANGUAGE: Again, language both internal and external is important here. To build your leader efficacy you will want to do the 3 following things each day:
Each morning turn on your RAS--Journal: What are the three actions that I will do today and that have the most substantive impact are? The 3 conversations I will have today to move the team forward (or to gain insights or to build my business are…)? The ten things I am most grateful are?
Build your effectiveness in communication. Eliciting a centered state, mirroring nonverbal effectiveness and using a combination of “moving forward transparent language” is key.
Utilize mantra techniques that include Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic techniques. Our clients find huge success when implementing this because you are taking a proactive application of changing your thought and language patterns! A mantra needs to be written in present tense, illustrate the ideal thought/belief you want, be in first person and have emotion. For example, “Each day, I grow in confidence delegating tasks and actions to the team. This allows me to accomplish the art of making big shifts by finishing top 3 priorities each day.” Say it out loud, write it, and read it 10 times, 2-3 times a day.
SHIFT: Design a shift by creating and implementing a weekly process around growth of thought, consciousness and spirit. As a coach, I work with clients in this area to find customized strategies that work with them. The key here is to start with language and those three techniques and use it daily! Also, ensure you are journaling in the manner I described.
THINKING: Your internal world creates your external one, so it is essential you remember to utilize your thinking to increase efficacy not to decrease it. That means when you have a thought that changes your optimism, curiosity, or confidence ask “Is this thought helpful?” If the answer is “no” then “What 1-2 thoughts would be ideal here?’ Write a mantra and say it out loud.
To learn more about Leader Efficacy or the SALC™ e-mail me at Denise@BlueEggLeadership.com if you would like a recommended read specifically for your company or how to get started!
Read the SALC Tool - Part 1, SALC Tool - Part 2, and SALC Tool - Part 3
Sean T. Hannah,* Bruce J. Avolio,† Fred Luthans,‡ and P. D. Harms‡. (2008) Leadership efficacy: Review and future directions. University of Nebraska - Lincoln DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska - Lincoln