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Skippers Leadership Study on Performance

5/23/2002

The key to exceptional performance is the ability to combine 'driving' and 'enabling' leadership behaviour. These findings are published today in a new book 'Inspiring Leadership - Staying Afloat in Turbulent Times' The authors reveal that during the race, skippers at the front of the fleet demonstrated the ability to use 'driving' and 'enabling' leadership behaviour appropriately and to adapt their style according to the circumstances.

A team of researchers tracked the skills and behaviours of the skippers taking part in the BT Global Challenge 2000/01 round-the-world yacht race. The research was led by Inspiring Performance along with Henley Management College, BT, and was supported by a number of international organisations.

The research identifies a set of performance drivers (X factor) which include self-motivation, discipline, resource management, control management, conflict management and performance focus. Then there are the performance enablers (Y factor) which are skills identified as integrity, self-belief, self-control, sensing, openness, vulnerability, purpose, recognition, belief, and shared leadership.

The winning skippers were the ones who were able to successfully combine both 'X' and 'Y' factor skills and abilities. They showed a balanced approach to managing and leading - and led teams that were both performance focused and happy.

Further information can be obtained at this website: www.inspiringperformance.com




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