Dedicated to advancing organisations and building leaders through research-based OD solutions amidst rising corporate frauds and scandals, Dr. Peter Cheng and Dr. Lily Cheng set out to uncover the essence of Real Leaders—who engage, inspire and transform their constituents to attain higher levels of excellence for organisational success.
By closely examining the “Who-ness” and “What-ness” of authentic transformational leadership, Real Leaders™ is a total leadership development solution that consists of a 360° feedback system, the Real Leaders™ workshops — with textbook and workbook materials, and long term implementation reviews. Real Leaders™ believes in the need to empower leaders to shape culture and drive performance excellence by developing their 6 Cs of "What-ness": Competence, Creating an Inclusive Environment, Compassion, and "Who-ness": Character, Conviction with Courage and Credibility.
While many leadership development programmes focus on leadership behaviours alone, Real Leaders™ helps leaders to understand how their unique leadership philosophy can be honed to help achieve organisational goals. To complete the ‘equation,’ Real Leaders™ helps leaders sustain organisational excellence by ensuring that they Shape Culture and Drive Performance. Real Leaders™ is also unique in that its framework can be applied to all levels of leadership — starting from new managers all the way to the top management.
Framework for Real Leaders™
Designed to help leaders develop authentically and sustainably, the Real Leaders™ framework was developed based on Dr. Peter Cheng and Dr. Lily Cheng's over 30 years of empirical data and practitioner experience in developing leaders across over 14 countries. Concluded in early 2017, their latest research project features a survey study with 407 responses from working adults across various industries around the world. Published in the white paper the "Impact of Real Leaders on Constituents," their findings revealed that the eight Essentials of Real Leaders are predictive of 27 hypothesised positive outcomes amongst constituents.
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The leader’s ability to perform what is expected and required for the position. The ability to equip followers with the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and attributes to perform their role efficiently and effectively.
Creating an inclusive environment
The leader’s ability to create an inclusive environment that followers feel comfortable in, due to the respect for relationships formed with each other. Diversity is valued, making for great synergy and satisfaction at work.
The leader’s ability to exercise care and concern by putting oneself in the shoes of others. It is the ability to empathise with followers in their predicaments and provide the needed support to see them through.
The Leader adopts a good character, the right attitudes, and works on attributes that applaud prosocial behaviours for the common good of others in the community. The leader encourages followers to embrace the high morals and ethical practices to make the world a better place.
Conviction with courage
The leader embraces strong beliefs within ethical and moral parameters that drive him to make explicit stands that will not easily falter or be compromised. The leader pushes followers to pursue ennobling agendas that impact the community they all live in.
The leader holds clear values and chooses to walk the talk consistently. The leader enlists followers through shared values, resulting in the achievement of a common good. What our followers will remember us by when we leave the organisation – it is about what we have done and who we are.
Real Leaders 360° Feedback System
The Real Leaders 360° Feedback Assessment System is the only 360° feedback solution that builds leaders from within, helping them to hone the 8 Essentials of leadership to be applied in the real world challenges of business: Competence, Creating An Inclusive Environment, Compassion, Character, Conviction with Courage, Credibility, Shape Culture and Drive Performance.
The Real Leaders 360° Feedback Assessement includes:
56 Assessment Questions
8 Key Leadership Development Areas
Printable, Detailed Report
Optional Group Report
Through this assessment, leaders will receive feedback and insights into how others perceive them and their frequency in demonstrating the 8 Essentials at the workplace. The assessment will help to identify areas where they can initiate a positive change within the organisation based on the feedback.
Apart from the quantitative feedback, the Real Leaders 360° Feedback Assessment is designed to capture qualitative feedback from observers, providing a holistic clarity to the feedback that is essential for the participating leaders to devise development plans.
Real Leaders: Championing Culture, Sustaining Performance Excellence
Real Leaders draws from real-life case studies of senior-level executives and leaders spanning across Asia, Europe and America. Authored by Dr. Lily Cheng and Dr. Peter Cheng, this book equips aspiring and senior leaders alike with actionable skills to tackle day-to-day challenges and translate theories into practical know-how — creating values-aligned, committed and competent human capital that will invigorate organisational growth.
Licensing of Real Leaders™
Real Leaders™ is part of our Real series of OD solutions and tools that can be licensed to international OD practitioners for delivery in their own countries via PACE OD International. Through licensed partnerships, we work together towards realising the vision of organisations thriving in the evolving global economy through our quality OD content.