What is Leadership in Management? Examples of Organisational Leadership in Action

CoachHub · 18 March 2022 · 5 min read

Organisational leadership principles have transformed workplace cultures around the globe. This approach to leadership, which emphasises individual development, can help employees build new skills, improve retention, build leaders within organisations, help leaders identify and cultivate internal talent, and help organisations stay competitive. Professional development — and coaching specifically — is a critical component to any organisation’s growth strategy.

In this blog, we’ll share three case studies of companies that have reaped the benefits of a strong commitment to organisational management, including implementing a robust professional development program with access to high-quality coaching.

Definition of organisational leadership

An organisational management style is an approach to leadership in management that prioritises big picture strategic business goals while leveraging the contributions of individuals to achieve certain benchmarks.

Because organisational management relies heavily on the contribution of individuals to specific business units, personal and professional development is crucial to helping teams improve. An organisational management style relies heavily on helping individuals develop the behavioural and technical skills necessary to achieve the larger business goals.

Coaching is often the best possible means of delivering professional development because it’s personalised and catered to the specific, individual needs of employees. Coaching can help individuals develop new skills and competencies that will not only level up their careers but help the organisation they work for stay competitive, which is why it has become a common tool for business organisation management.

 

Examples of organisational leadership in action

Employees in companies that leverage an organisational management approach to people development often have a career advantage. As such, 80% of employed adults in the US. say that whether a company offers professional development opportunities is an important factor in deciding if they’ll accept a job offer, according to the American Staffing Association. However, just 39% say their current employer offers opportunities to build new skills or improve existing ones.

Here are three examples of companies that have leveraged coaching to adopt a culture of organisational management.

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Organisational leadership example 1: Asics

The sports equipment company Asics learned from employee surveys that people in their company place high value on having opportunities to improve and grow. Historically, the company found coaching helpful, but impossible to scale in a way that would benefit people across the organisation because most services were too expensive or only offered coaching in English — nonstarters for this multinational company.

Providing opportunities for learning and development

Asics wanted to take a people-first approach to business, and prioritising the personal and professional well-being of employees was central to their strategy. They wanted to build strong, engaged teams, believing that it would lead to retention and broader business success. Asics is a multinational company with nearly 9,000 employees, so their professional development solution needed to be flexible, yet personalised, to meet the needs of each individual.

After partnering with CoachHub, Asics offered pilot programs that were mobile, flexible, personalised, and self-paced — and the results were impressive. Where professional development programs used by Asics in the past failed to inspire participants, the self-directed program provided by CoachHub engaged users at a high rate, helping individuals set and meet goals while building new skills. In fact, the vast majority of participants strongly agreed that what they did in the coaching will help them achieve the changes they want.

4.9/5: I feel that what I do in the coaching will help me achieve the changes that I want.

Participant feedback

Organisational leadership example 2: Lacoste

With more organisations embracing remote and hybrid work models, it can be hard to do anything collectively, especially when employees are spread across continents and time zones. That was the challenge for the clothing brand Lacoste, which wanted to institute a professional development program for their workforce, which is spread across four continents.
Lacoste’s goal was to enable leaders within the company to learn from each other, share best practices, and create long-lasting relationships. In short, they wanted to develop a consistent organisational management style. Accomplishing this with a decentralised workforce seemed like a tall order, but represented a critical endeavour for the organisation. By developing a culture of learning and knowledge-sharing at the company, Lacoste wanted to develop leaders, build a reservoir of collective intelligence for their employees, and create more consistency between cultural and managerial practices.

Building community for decentralised teams

In partnership with CoachHub, Lacoste’s first coaching program was launched for its international group of HR managers. Participants met with coaches monthly for six months through videoconferences. Coaching sessions focused on identifying common issues and shared best practices for their work. Following the success of the coaching program for HR managers, Lacoste has now expanded its offerings to include other areas of the business.

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of participants were very satisfied with the insight of their peers

Participant feedback

Thanks to their coaching initiatives, Lacoste met its professional development goals. Participants learned from peers, established and employed best practices, and built lasting relationships with colleagues. The result was an increased feeling of belonging for individuals and improved retention rates for the company.
Learn more about how Lacoste’s partnership with CoachHub helped build connections and increase knowledge-sharing between employees around the world.

Organisational leadership example 3: SoundCloud

The music and audio streaming company SoundCloud has over 300 employees. They wanted to provide personalised professional development to their people — a difficult challenge of scale given the size of the organisation. The challenge of scale was compounded by the fact that their employees are scattered around the world. They needed a flexible, high-quality learning and development solution that could be customised to meet the needs of the company and the people participating in professional development.

“CoachHub’s approach perfectly supports the development of our managers and, in my opinion, should definitely be part of modern management development.”

Aleks Sibilia, Senior Manager Learning and Organisational Development at SoundCloud

Customised approach

CoachHub was the perfect partner for SoundCloud; With the fast pace of technology advancements, the company needed a nimble, adaptable professional development approach that could help employees grow with the industry. CoachHub’s coaches come from various industries and provide the expertise teams need to stay on top of their game. Additionally, CoachHub’s software solution measures individual performance indicators for each coaching session, which allows employers to support individuals in their learning journey. For these reasons, a partnership with CoachHub was ideal for SoundCloud.
Learn more about how SoundCloud benefited from their partnership with CoachHub.

Create a culture of leadership

High-quality professional development programs are a win-win for organisations. They improve organisational leadership by helping individual contributors build new skills and excel in their jobs, while helping employers increase retention and grow their business. With results like that, there’s no telling what you can accomplish through a partnership with CoachHub.

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