Consultancy | Intent-Based Leadership

Intent-Based Leadership is based on the Amazon bestseller Turn the Ship Around! By David Marquet. It focuses on leadership as a practice for everyone at all levels of an organisation rather than only for a small number of senior employees. proves everyone’s effectiveness and morale, creating a sustainable and resilient organisation. #LeadersAtEveryLevel

“Now the Intent-Based Leadership practices are being cascaded downwards it feels like a very productive and forward thinking organisation”, 
East Kilbride Housing Association, working with Remarkable since 2017

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Imagine a workplace where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity; a place where people are healthier, and happier because they have more control over their work – a place where everyone is a leader David Marquet, Author of Turn the Ship Around! and Intent-Based Leadership Pioneer

Intent-Based Leadership is important because...

Too few people find fulfilment at work, as often their prime objectives are negative - to avoid errors, problems and confrontations. Couple this with the profound shift we are experiencing from an industrial age of control to a knowledge age of release and leaders and managers find themselves operating in an increasingly complex world – therefore precise execution, team work and enabling talent have become key competitive advantages.

So today, some of the most important work we do is cognitive; traditional leadership models were established for physical work – what we need now is a different approach.

What is Intent-Based Leadership?

Endorsed by Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and one of the world’s most impressive thinkers on leadership the Intent-Based Leadership (IBL) approach is fundamentally different to the traditional leader-follower model which is often deeply embedded in most organisations – a complete shift in leadership philosophy. Stephen Covey said of IBL, “I don't know of a finer model of this kind of empowering leadership”.

IBL focusses on leadership as a practice rather than the leadership approach of an individual, thereby improving everyone’s effectiveness and morale and making organisations more sustainable and resilient. It challenges the model of the hierarchical organisation by providing the practices which help break down silos, devolve decision making and develop leaders  not followers.

And because IBL encourages those at the front line of information to become engaged, to pursue clarity in their roles, to develop their competencies and therefore to have the control to make better, faster decisions, individual and workplace stresses are reduced.

People are inspired to see for themselves their worth and their potential in a space where everyone takes responsibility and everyone enjoys the fulfilment this brings. There is more time and space for people to be innovative and productive which means that more time can be spent ensuring customers receive outstanding experiences that make them happy.

In this way, workplaces become environments where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, a place where people are healthier and happier because they have control over their work – a place where everyone is a leader.

David Marquet's introduction to Intent-Based Leadership
David Marquet
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How does Intent-Based Leadership work in practice? 

It is delivered live and on-the-job, through observations, interviews and feedback conversations, building energy, enthusiasm and resilience. Working in the moment, it focuses on lived-experience and real-life challenges, using language and behavioural tools and techniques. It encourages everyone to practise these everyday until they comfortably become second nature.

And because it involves and develops people at all levels in an organisation, not just those at the top, IBL teaches those at the top of an organisation how to release the passion, intellect and energy of their teams; and it teaches those at the front line to find ways to embrace decision making by making it easy for those above them to release control. By creating leaders at all levels, IBL encourages diversity of thought, reduces unconscious bias and encourages a positive mindset.

So, small and fundamental changes in the way people to talk to one another and treat each other lead to significant changes in performance. Everyone is nurtured to become a better version of themselves, and to feel supported as they act their new way of being.