Total Leadership Team Alignment
The essence of leadership team success is having all leadership team members working cooperatively toward a common goal. Even if one leader goes off course, the misalignment can cause significant damage. When you align your leadership team, everyone can tell.
Employees want leaders to act in harmony to collectively lead them down a clear, compelling, and believable strategic path. They want an exciting vision of what the company hopes to become, a persuasive mission outlining the organization’s fundamental purpose, and targeted initiatives that provide a strategic rudder to make difficult decisions and allocate valuable resources.
Leadership team alignment is about creating synergy, leverage, and higher performance.
The Consequences of Misalignment
When leaders or teams work independently in silos, they tend to resist the greater good, and it is almost impossible to perform at your peak. Departments end up with their own priorities, approaches, cultures, systems, and processes. Misalignment causes communication and knowledge sharing between functions and departments to decrease, and uncoordinated efforts lead to confusion, duplication, conflict, and lapses in both employee and customer experience.
Our Own Alignment Research
We conducted organizational alignment research using input from 410 companies across eight industries. We found that strategically aligned companies and teams consistently achieve higher performance by surprisingly high percentages.
Highly aligned companies grow revenue 58% faster and are 72% more profitable while outperforming unaligned companies at these rates:
The Benefits of an Aligned Leadership Team
It is almost impossible to have an organization perform at its peak if the leadership team is not fully aligned with the plan for success. Aligned leadership teams:
The Bottom Line
Employees expect leadership teams to set a clear, believable, and implementable strategy for success. Is your leadership team on the same page and firing on all cylinders? If not, it is worth it to step back and invest the time to align your leadership team.
To learn more about how to align senior leadership teams, download Alignment – The Missing Leadership Ingredient for Higher Performance
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