Starting your leadership journey
Join us on an inspirational development journey filled with experiences that help you unlock your leadership skills. Start2Lead will have a huge impact on your contribution to your company's leadership aspirations and strategic framework. It’s the start of a thrilling journey through life.
Knowing yourself as a leader
True leadership starts with discovering your unique personality, understanding the way you are wired, unfolding what truly motivates you. Putting these insights to use will help you activate your leadership skills, allowing you make decisions with true impact, build authentic relationships and organize the best team play in the people around you.
Finding out what it’s like to lead
We were 25 when our own leadership journey started. And we readily admit it – we didn’t know how managing people really worked. But we were very curious to find out what it was like to have that kind of responsibility – guiding a team, being responsible for their success as well as their failures, showing the way forward, getting people motivated and have them rely on your so-called ‘wisdom’. Similarly, we were curious to know why some leaders managed to keep us excited, engaged and committed while others clearly failed to connect, empower others and even contrived to ‘kill’ our team spirit.
Moving to a whole new level
So the day we stepped into those ‘big leadership shoes’ we entered the game at a whole new level. We stumbled through dealing with ‘difficult characters’, met with sudden resistance, and were confronted with trust issues, reputational gossip, disrespect, lack of commitment, personal resentment, toxic behavior, frustration and, oh yes, some victories too – and those first victories fuelled our passion for human interaction and the art of leadership. Soon, it was our purpose in life – and that why we are here.
Discovering the qualities of a successful leader
Throughout our careers in leadership, coaching and training we personally discovered and experienced the qualities of a successful leader. Some of the ingredients include being an active listener, demonstrating clear guidance, inviting others to reflect instead of telling them what to do, engaging in storytelling about everyone’s contribution to the company's vision, encouraging contributions from others, and creating a safe work environment in which making mistakes and learning from those are the foundation for personal growth… to name but a few.
Learning and evolving by having it go both ways
Working closely with senior leaders, high-level teams and CEOs in various multinational corporations allowed us a front-row seat – we truly watched them ‘fail and grow’. Supporting them with our coaching insights and leadership training helped them evolve and thrive. In return, they helped us improve our training portfolio and increase the relevance of our services to the changing realities of the workplace.
It takes care and courage
We have worked with large corporations around the world for more than 25 years, training and coaching their management, leaders and teams. Having travelled along this road of trying, failing, learning and ultimately being successful, we learned that people are truly a company’s best asset. Becoming a trusted leader takes so much more than delegating workloads or focusing on sales results. It requires care as well as courage to create an inspiring and inclusive workplace that brings out the best in people.