The fundamental aim of leadership coaching with the Apter Toolkit is to enable managers and leaders to adapt their leadership style to meet the needs of their team and situation. Both of these variables are dynamic and increasing in change and unpredictability, making leadership a complex business.
There’s no Leadership blueprint
It was probably never true that there was one style of leadership that was ‘best’ but if there was, those days are well and truly over. Leaders have to engage and manage an increasingly diverse workforce, with different expectations and perspectives. It is those perspectives that drive emotions. In other words, whether we’re happy or not with the way that we’re managed; engaged or stressed.
What does Motivation and Emotion mean for Leadership?
At the heart of the Apter approach is the concept of emotivation, which represents an inextricable relationship between motivation and emotion. The implications of this for leadership are:
- That leaders must be aware of and recognise their own motivations and emotions, because these impact upon their behaviour and, therefore, the wellbeing and performance of their people
- That leaders can learn to adopt different roles to be effective in different situations, but this is not simply a matter of behaving differently. Understanding these roles as embodied emotivations enables leaders to adapt while remaining authentic.
- By embodying these different roles, the leader influences the psychological climate – and the emotional experience of their team.
- A common language that helps leaders to understand and manage themselves while responding to the needs of their people is obviously, therefore, helpful.
Leadership and the Apter Toolkit
The Apter Toolkit supports these principles in different ways. The Motivational Styles inventory focuses, unsurprisingly, at a motivational level, and can be used to help leaders to explore their own motivations and how these might be adapted to be more effective. With the addition of the emotivation coaching cards, the link with emotions, different roles and climate conditions can be explored.
360 Feedback with Motivation and Emotion
For those looking for a more in-depth leadership diagnostic, however, the Apter Leadership 360 tool explore all of the above elements: how the leader’s behaviours are perceived; the leader’s motivations; the roles that they currently play; the climate that they create; and how they are experienced (what stresses they create!).
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.