Many leadership programmes are focused on team leadership. But strong team leadership isn't enough to cause business and individual success.
Many of our programmes focus on increasing 'peer leadership'. Data points to this being the biggest opportunity within executive and senior leadership teams. Traditional development focuses on team leadership, which, while important, is only one piece of the jigsaw. Focusing on leading your boss through the numbers and strategy, and forging strong ties with peers so you can influence and lead as a group is just as important for the organisation and its individuals to be a success.
Organization theory suggests that managing upward and sideways is good for both the company and the individual leader’s career: CEOs need the insights and pushback of trusted executives to help sharpen strategy. And complex modern organizations benefit when people engage with their peers across functional and business-unit boundaries to bring a range of perspectives and drive change and innovation.