Leader at Multinational Facilities Management and Construction Company
A participant’s perspective.
I was not very kind to myself and on bad days this would lead me to think I was useless. I needed to develop a clearer vision for my future.
"As a head of communications for an organisation with 80,000 employees I needed to find different ways to engage people so that they could help themselves rather than always seeking my advice.
My response to pressure was to challenge in an overly aggressive way, often letting my emotions flare up and getting frustrated at the lack of organisational effectiveness.
I was not very kind to myself and on bad days this would lead me to think I was useless. I needed to develop a clearer vision for my future so that I had a personal career goal laying out a pathway for me."
JOURNEY OF A RESILIENT LEADER
Resilient Leaders Elements Solution
Ellie joined our RLE™ Programme and describes it as:
“A great opportunity to bring together a non-connected group to better understand how people work and how to harness all their strengths and perceived weaknesses to build something bigger and better.
If you are a project director who needs to get a group trusting each other and working together effectively and fast, this is for you. You get a real insight into what people are like and their vulnerabilities. I’d put my whole team through it because it builds strong connections between people.
It gives managers tools and frameworks for delivering projects and change, I now know that I’ve got a skillset that will help this or another business to grow.”
“Over the last 3 years I’ve managed to convince people about the importance of communicating, not just when writing a press release but seeking to understand feelings, emotions and different drivers.
So now, we make our business case, empathise with people, support them and use the right terminology.
I’ve saved £350,000 for this business with recent changes. I would not have had the confidence to go that hard with the cuts if it hadn’t been for this programme helping me to be clear about my vision and leadership.
I know now that I don’t have to pretend to be something I’m not. As a woman, in your 40s, in communications and blonde, you can have confidence issues. This programme has given me the confidence that everyone has a role to play and it’s OK to be different. Everyone has a value and I now know what mine is.”