You are a supervisor or manager, you are a mentor, you are a role model, you are a counselor, you are many, many things ... and most importantly you are a leader ... which is much more than any of these roles by themselves.
Technical skills, best practices, and following rigid processes or standards got you were you are, but won't solve most of your leadership challenges ... they usually make it harder.
Successful leaders know it's ALL about relationships and your ability to manage perceptions to be viewed as leader with the right mix of technical expertise, relationship management, and emotional intelligence that leads to having executive presence.
A lot of it starts and ends with the relationships you develop, maintain, and sustain. Who you associate with, and more importantly, how you associate with them will determine your success, or lead you down a path of failure. Compounding the challenge is the advent of the remote nature of work, now and into the future, certainly making relationship management and managing people so much more challenging.
And when relationships aren't where they should be, being a leader in a medium to large organization can be really HARD and make almost all communications challenging.
If you are like most leaders:
You are not alone in having these thoughts, since most leaders are feeling and saying the same things. I hear these concerns from each and every leaders I work with.
You've been trained on the technical skills, but these don't teach you how to communicate effectively, motivate and develop your staff or prepare you for the tough and often difficult messages you need to deliver to your staff or stakeholders.
Do others treat you as the leader you know you are???
What options are available to make you a leader who interacts and performs at the highest levels of the organization???
There are few good, and many not so good, leadership development programs out there. The good ones are prohibitively expensive and generic. And, regardless, none focus on the unique challenges associated with being a leader in internal audit, or get into the full breadth and depth of leading staff, stakeholders, and self by incorporating Intuitive Leadership, Neural Influence, and Mental Mastery skills into one leadership program. At least until now.
If you are the kind of person who is committed to your personal and professional growth, and ready to take action to transform yourself, then the opportunity to join the Audit Leader Forum is exactly right for you.
And when you join today, you will quickly find people will listen to you more, value your input more, and respect you more, since you have more executive leadership presence, and the skills to know exactly what to say and do in any situation.
“What really matters for success, character, happiness and life long achievements is a definite set of emotional skills – your EQ — not just purely cognitive abilities that are measured by conventional IQ tests.” — Daniel Goleman
“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”
— Dale Carnegie
Successful leaders who are trusted by their peers know it all comes down to how well you communicate and manage relationships with your stakeholders, your staff, and yourself ... and these take time and effort.
By mastering these you become an effective leader by developing a command of the keys to internal audit leadership success -- communication and relationship management.
You've been trained to be analytical, logical, systematic, and disciplined, but these skills actually make communicating and developing relationships more difficult.
You may seem like a robot to others in your organization.
Focusing so much on being independent and objective is usually perceived by others as being arrogant or self righteous ... not the traits for developing relationships and communicating, right?
It's no wonder that you may have resistance from stakeholders when they see you as an outsider and not a team player.
It's not your fault!
The internal audit profession is telling people we are independent, objective, unique and valuable to an organization because of our technical knowledge and following standards, but that is a broken model that just doesn't work in an age of emotional intelligence, influence and working remotely.
Do you trust someone just because they have a certification, a fancy title, tell you they are important, or wear a uniform?
Of course not, since those things aren't what really matter. Human beings are emotional beings and leaders skilled in Intuitive Leadership, Neural Influence, and Mental Mastery perform better.
Successful leaders who are trusted by their peers know it all comes down to how well you communicate and manage relationships with your stakeholders, your staff, and yourself.
It takes much more than reading a few leadership books. You actually have to get in the water to learn how to swim. Having one or two puzzle pieces doesn't give you the full picture.
It's not about just reading books ...
Most people think if they read a few books they have the knowledge to do anything. But that's like reading a book and then jumping in the pool thinking you "know" how to swim. You don't know how to swim until you practice and master it.
To change old habits and make significant transformation in your life takes time. That's why reading a book or taking a course usually doesn't get you a significant leap in your skill level. We have to participate and be committed in a structured program over time to experience lasting results (e.g. you can't lose 30 pounds safely in one or two weeks, but it's totally possible in 90 days).
Having one or two puzzle pieces is also not enough to create the full picture. Successful leaders know they need to follow a methodology and master many different skills through repetition and practice to be proficient and become unconsciously competent.
I'll let you in on a little secret. There are three things you must have to BE an effective leader in a remote work environment:
By mastering these you become an effective leader by developing a command of the keys to leardership success ... communication and relationship management.
Some of the topics that will lead you to being a master at: Intuitive Leadership, Neural Influence, and Mental Mastery include:
These are all skills you will recognize, but there are no leadership programs that incorporate these executive leadership skills into one program until now.
Now is a good time to ask "What is it costing you if you don't master these skills?"
Without a structured leadership program you are left all alone to use self motivation and trial and error to figure out what works, and what doesn't work.
Do you realize, no matter how motivated you may think you are, 92% of people give up and don't do the work using self-motivation alone.
How many times have you set new year's resolutions and then stopped after two or three weeks?
That's why professional athletes, millionaire business owners and executives hire coaches and invest in programs so they work a daily and weekly program to improve their performance. They know that by themselves they cannot improve their performance to compete at a world-class level.
The same is true for world-class leaders.
The skills and techniques included in the Audit Leader Forum have been used for years to coach top performing executives, millionaire business owners, and world-class athletes to get peak performance (usually at tens of thousands of dollars a year) ... and now they are available to you.
This is the ONLY executive leadership program for internal audit leaders that includes Intuitive Leadership, Neural Influence, and Mental Mastery in one program. It also helps remove the root cause of almost all challenges, as you improve your confidence, develop better relationships, and increase your communication skills.
As soon as you start, you will quickly see your effective communications improve, your relationships improve, and your confidence improve.
Leaders who think they don't need any help tend to find that things are fine, until they are not ... and by then it's usually too little, too late.
You are someone who is willing to invest in yourself and take control of your career, aren't you?
Leaders who don't invest in themselves find they are pushed to the back of the line, when everyone else is progressing.
And I know you aren't one of those "back-of-the-line" leaders, right?
When you work the program, you will get results.
But, don't take my word for it.
"I have used many coaches and mentors over the years. The ideas and value I received in just one call with Jason Mefford, was worth more than all of the other coaches and mentors I have used combined." AJ
These are principles I have been using with other executives I coach one-on-one, who have seen incredible results.
And now, I'm making them available to you in a convenient format.
Are you ready to take your career to the next level?
Are you willing to invest the time and money to transform your life and career?