Leadership Methods

Leadership

Executive Leadership Coaching

The True North Leadership Group works with individual clients in a coaching capacity to develop targeted skills, a positive outlook, a personal vision for one’s life and goal setting techniques:

  • Core Leadership Skills
  • A Positive and Inquisitive Outlook
  • A Positive and Inspiring Vision for One’s Future
  • A Goal Setting Regimen to Practice the Skills and Realize Vision
  • Regular In-depth Focus on Key Challenges
  • 360-Degree Feedback
  • Facilitated Meetings with Supervisor and Key Direct Reports (by request)
  • Facilitated Meetings with the Leader’s Team to Raise Team Performance
for Teams

Customized Leadership Development Curriculum

True North Leadership does not take a one-size fits all approach to leadership training. While there are common themes and focuses relative to leadership training, we lean into building a custom approach based on the particular needs of an organization.

Our process:

  • Gather Data to Understand the Leadership Culture
  • Meet with Senior Leadership to Develop Personal and Team Goals for the Training
  • Customize Trainings and Team Coaching to Introduce and Establish Concepts
  • Follow-up Assessments at Six Months and One-year Completion Points
For Organizations

Strategy Facilitation

TNLG provides skilled facilitation for organizations engaged in comprehensive Strategic Planning & Management. We believe that it isn’t enough to do strategy planning without the process being coupled with strategy management.  The aggregate areas of planning and facilitation include:

  • Analysis and Assessment
    Understanding the current internal and external environments
  • Strategy Formulation
    High level strategy is developed, and a basic organization level strategic plan is documented
  • Strategy Execution
    High level plan is transitioned into operational planning and actions items
  • Evaluation or Sustainment
    Management phase; ongoing refinement and evaluation of performance
Engagements

Public Speaking

TNLG faculty speak at large “onstage” leadership gatherings and company events on a wide range of topics.  Send in a request form for a menu of subject matters, and a request for custom talks.

Assessments

360-Degree Feedback

BENCHMARKS® – A comprehensive 360-degree assessment for middle to upper managers that measures 16 competencies critical for success, as well as five possible career derailers.

EXECUTIVE DIMENSIONS® Addresses the specific  leadership challenges faced by executives at the top levels in the organization. These challenges can differ from a great deal from those at the middle management level.

PROSPECTOR® provides feedback in two areas of behavior: the skills most often found in successful leaders, and the learning behaviors needed to acquire those skills.  Prospector can be used with high-potentials, individual contributor, and managers.

SKILLSCOPE® is a 360-degree assessment that provides individuals  with straightforward, practical feedback on job related skills necessary for effectiveness in a management role.  SKILLSCOPE’s simplicity also makes it an ideal first step for organizations that are new to the 360- degree assessment process. 

® A REGISTERED TRADEMARK FOR THE CENTER FOR CREATERIVE LEADERSHIP

Team Dynamics

Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

COHESIVE TEAMS ARE THE ULTIMATE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Teamwork is the ultimate competitive advantage because it is so powerful and so rare. A high-functioning team can achieve its potential, resulting in a healthier, more productive organization. Additionally, improving teamwork is an important endeavor beyond merely helping organizations become more effective. It also reduces stress and dissatisfaction of the people who work in those organizations, which has a profound impact on the lives of their friends and family members as well.

WHAT ARE THE FIVE BEHAVIORS OF A COHESIVE TEAM?

Based on the bestselling book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team is a model and development program that guides intact teams through a journey to improve in five areas that are key to productive team dynamics: Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability and Results.

1: TRUST ONE ANOTHER

Members of great teams trust one another on a fundamental, emotional level, and they are comfortable being vulnerable with each other about their weaknesses, mistakes, fears, and behaviors. They get to a point at which they can be completely open with one another, without filters. This is essential because…

2: ENGAGE IN CONFLICT AROUND IDEAS

Members of teams who trust one another are not afraid to engage in conflict around ideas that are key to the organization’s success. They do not hesitate to disagree with, challenge, and question each other, all in the spirit of finding the best answers, discovering the truth, and making great decisions. This is important because…

3: COMMIT TO DECISIONS

Teams that engage in conflict around ideas are able to gain commitment to decisions, even when various members of the team initially disagree. That is because they ensure that all opinions and ideas are put on the table and considered, giving confidence to team members that no stone has been left unturned. This is critical because…

4: HOLD ONE ANOTHER ACCOUNTABLE

Teams that gain commitment to decisions and standards of performance do not hesitate to hold one another accountable for adhering to those decisions and standards. What’s more, they don’t rely on the team leader as the primary source of accountability. This matters because…

5: FOCUS ON ACHIEVING COLLECTIVE RESULTS

Team members who trust one another, engage in conflict around ideas, gain commitment to decisions, and hold one another accountable are more likely to set aside their individual needs and agendas and focus on achieving collective results. They do not give in to the temptations to place their departments, career aspirations, or ego-driven status ahead of the collective results that define team success.

THE FIVE BEHAVIORS OF A COHESIVE TEAM IS THE MOST COMPLETE TEAM ASSESSMENT AVAILABLE

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team assessment gives team members a sense of their team’s unique strengths and areas of improvement. It’s a tool that evaluates the team’s dynamic across the five fundamental behaviors so members can decide what improvements are necessary for becoming a higher performing team.

The assessment also serves as a powerful measurement for growth. By first taking the assessment at the outset of the development effort, the team will establish a baseline for the current state. Then – after the team learns and practices new skills – taking a re-assessment will provide valuable feedback about where the team is progressing and about where more focus must be placed.

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive team includes a DiSC behavior-style assessment for each team member, with the results presented on a single graph that plots the personality and behavioral “style” (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness) of everyone on the team. Personality and behavioral style is a key determinant for how people present themselves and interpret the words and actions of others. Gaining a better understanding and greater appreciation of each team member’s style gives the team as a whole the ability to work together more effectively.

WATCH THE VIDEO OF HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Here is author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable discussing how the 5 behaviors of a cohesive team came about.

Do you want to find out more about THE FIVE BEHAVIORS OF A COHESIVE TEAM and how it can help you in your business?

Find out how The North Group can help.