The fundamental aim of leadership development with the Apter Toolkit is to enable managers and leaders to adapt their leadership style to meet the needs of their team in a given context. Both of these variables are dynamic and increasing in change and unpredictability, making leadership a complex business.
There’s no blueprint for leadership
Despite efforts over many decades to capture the essence of great leadership, there was probably never one “best” style for leaders to adopt. And if there was, those days are well and truly over.
The context of leadership is one of increasing unpredictability, complexity and change.
We suggest that the primary role of the business leader is to create the conditions required that give employees and stakeholders confidence to step towards their vision of the future.
While that’s a broad definition, it means that leaders have to engage and enable increasingly diverse groups of people, with different expectations and motivations. It is those motivations that drive emotions. In other words, whether they’re happy or stressed; inspired or unimpressed; with you or not.
What do we mean by emotivation?
At the heart of the Apter approach is the concept of emotivation, which represents an inextricable and structured relationship between motivation and emotion. This link helps in both diagnosing problems and designing solutions.
What does emotivation mean for leadership?
The implications of this relationship between motivation and emotions for leadership are that:
- Leaders must be aware of their own motivations and emotions, how they impact upon their behaviour and, therefore, the wellbeing and performance of others
- Leaders can learn to adopt different roles to be effective in different situations. Going beyond behaviour and embodying the motivations behind these roles enables leaders to adapt while remaining authentic.
- In each of these different roles, the leader influences the psychological climate, the emotional experience and performance of their team.
A common language that helps leaders to understand and manage themselves while responding to the needs of their people is, therefore, helpful.
Leadership and the Apter Toolkit,
The Apter toolkit provides a range of tools that use a common language, based on motivation and emotion, that helps leaders adapt to better engage and enable people, including:
- The Apter Motivational Styles Inventory, a psychometric profile that measures our motivations;
- Emotivation coaching cards, which help coaches get quickly to the heart of any issue and open up opportunities for change;
- Apter Climate tool, which takes a live temperature check of any group.
For those looking for a more in-depth leadership diagnostic, however, the Apter Leadership 360° tool
explores all of the above elements, from a range of perspectives.
360° Feedback with Motivation and Emotion
Apter’s Leadership 360° feedback tool provides a view of the leader’s own motivations, how their behaviours are perceived; the roles that they currently play; the climate that they create; and how they are experienced (whether they create engagement or stress).
While many 360 feedback tools focus on the behavioural domain, they rarely provide insight in the ‘below the surface’ drivers of that behaviour or address the dynamic nature of leadership today.
If you would like to know more about assessing and developing leaders using the Apter Toolkit, whether you are internally responsible for leadership or a leadership development practitioner, please contact us.