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Your life is great. Everything is moving along beautifully. Then, out of nowhere, something unexpected happens. As a result, you feel inspired, motivated, enthusiastic, creative, supported, understood and, ultimately, you feel brand new—all in two days. The Leadership Academy has certainly delivered within its first year of implementation. Seetec has already seen a positive impact on the business and management retention rates have increased as program participants now feel supported and challenged and can see a clear career pathway.

We hope to have all of our managers experience the Leadership Academy within the next year and look toward further embedding a culture of learning throughout the organisation. To learn more about the Seetec Leadership Academy program, visit http: Approaching every challenging task with positivity and enthusiasm, she has created high quality, successful learning interventions including workshops, online and distance learning. She can be reached at claire. Seetec is a leading provider in the U. Celebrating 30 years in the industry, the company employs over 1, dedicated individuals.

What is important are the choices you make when stuff happens. Take one day this week and communicate with at least one new or under-used contact. Then at the end of the day, answer the following questions: What new insight did you gain from your exchange? How might you use or build on what you learned? Should the contact be part of your regular network? What is the best way to share your knowledge? You also must stay sensitive to external realities. Consider using podcasts or video links from external sources to support innovative new ideas or approaches to the way you currently do business thinking.

Use key words to search the Internet for free podcasts and videos. As a first step try searching blogs using free online tools such as socialmention. These quick activities can help you specifically focus on LPI Item I search outside the formal boundaries of my organization for innovative ways to do what we do. When people are forced to leave their homes due to war, violence, or famine, they carry little with them but hope for a better future. Dotted across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and other parts of the world, there are refugee camps filled with families with a desire to improve their lives yet without the tools to do so.

Many reside at these camps for years, struggling to get even the most basic necessities for their families. So, how can these families go from basic survival to improving their lives and communities? And what can mission-driven organizations do to help? The Society of Jesus, a religious order within the Catholic Church, is one of these mission-driven organizations trying to find solutions. Its members, known as Jesuits, are especially well known for their focus on education and social justice. Higher Education at the Margins JC: Open to people of all faiths, the JC: HEM program mobilizes the resources of the worldwide network of Jesuit and other universities to bring higher education to those who need it most.

Understanding the challenges that refugees face is to understand the mission of JC: If we tip this equation in those regions by making higher education accessible, will that lead to a decrease in poverty and a decrease in conflict? Even though it may take 20 to 30 years, those of us who have worked with these students believe it is possible.

Refugee camps are filled with people of different races, ethnicities, and religions. Refugees arrive with little, if anything, and often from opposing warring tribes. They must find a way to live peacefully, side- by-side, leaving behind old prejudices while wondering about the fate of the homes, families, and friends. In addition, camp life has its own struggles.

Basic needs—such as quality sanitation, plentiful food, and safe, potable water—are difficult to meet. Refugees face overwhelming odds, both physically and mentally. In the midst of all this hardship is where JC: HEM has stepped in to provide opportunities for learning that offers these survivors a chance for a brighter future—for themselves and their families. And it has built a curriculum focused on liberal studies and also on practical skills.

The Diploma in Liberal Studies is awarded by Regis University, Denver Colorado, and several different universities award certificate-level programs. This education empowers students to reclaim their sense-of-self and take a leadership role in their communities. Faculty from over 36 universities—primarily from the U. One online class, created specifically to help refugees develop essential leadership skills, uses The Leadership Challenge as the core text.

And currently, professors from U. Neil Sparnon, the JC: As students learn leadership principles, they are able to apply them right away as leadership opportunities abound in these refugee camps. Domique, for example, is one individual who has taken a leadership role in his camp. After completing his JC: HEM program, he began to work as a water and sanitation monitor.

He instructs others on how to prevent the spread of disease through proper use of hand washing and the correct way to obtain fresh, clean water. He encourages those he teaches to educate their families and neighbors Enabling Others to Act to make the camps safer and keep residents healthy. I feel more helpful in the community because I have something that I can give. HEM for assisting me and other refugees with more skills and improving our way of looking at life. Peter, after completing his leadership course, started volunteering as President of the Dzaleka Sanitation Committee coordinated by the Office of the United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees.

From increasing access to clean water to ensuring that new toilets were installed, Peter faced many challenges. But in his new role, Peter became a guide for others Modelling the Way to be both a member of a community and a leader. Peter is now employed as a health surveillance assistant at the Dzaleka Health Centre where he helps to immunize children and teach about water and sanitation in the community and camp. From a workshop that she opened, she makes furniture and sells wood to other carpenters in the camp.

She also has taught business skills to other women, to help them create small businesses of their own. HEM has given me more value in the community, and I have gained knowledge that helps me do something for community and my family. HEM celebrated a momentous occasion: Extending beyond the graduates to their families, friends, and community, there was much to celebrate. As the program graduates take on leadership roles in their communities, life there improves. They find that their newly-gained wisdom is trusted and valued by their peers. Program graduates, who have studied side-by-side with those from different backgrounds, are natural peacemakers.

They are invited to help solve inter-religious and inter-ethnic conflicts that emerge. And their new-found leadership skills and confidence ripple through the community, encouraging more and more people to focus on improving camp life and living peacefully together. HEM students have now received the gift of knowledge and they want to use it to help themselves, their families, their communities.

HEM since , can be reached at kareena. Christine Mulcahy is a freelance writer specializing in education. A graduate of Boston College and NYU, she has 12 years of experience as an educator, editor, and writer. The program offers a Diploma in Liberal Studies delivered online by volunteer faculty who teach in their subject area; leadership skills are a foundational element. In addition, shorter Community Service Learning Tracks are offered that seek to enhance local vocational education by providing on-site facilitators and online access to faculty expertise and materials.

HEM works with a variety of partners and donors, and actively seeks institutional partners involved in accreditation. Learn more at http: Recognizing, confronting and overcoming adversity were clearly key sub-themes that were addressed in nearly every breakout session, skill-building session, and the great keynotes. The Leadership Challenge model and the annual Forums are truly geared toward Enabling Others to Act, not just providing interesting but non-applicable knowledge. Symbolically, New Orleans was a perfect location given what the people there have had to overcome throughout the past few years.

No matter how much all of us outsiders think we might know about Katrina, the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have had a much different experience than we can imagine. A remarkable and heartwarming sense of history and pride exists in that city. The Forum offered a number of terrific learning opportunities. Jim and Barry, once again, happily gave up the stage to a couple of other authors: Courage is part of dealing with adversity and it takes courage to confront the unchallengeable norms in a workplace in order to make it better.

I always appreciate being exposed to the additive work of other researchers and authors, which is so often a great benefit of attending The Leadership Challenge Forum. The closing activity was an example of experiential learning at its best. To be in New Orleans and have a jazz ensemble rocking the room would have been grand enough by itself.

But along with some great music, we were able to learn some powerful lessons about New Orleans traditions and music, songwriting, and collaboration.

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It was amazing to watch how the energy level continued to soar and how that energy, along with the lessons learned, was harnessed into an immediate result. We learned, we delivered, and we thoroughly enjoyed. Imagine that combination in your workplace every day! This may be my most important reflection. If there is one value that was immensely modeled at the Forum, it was generosity. Jim and Barry were very accessible and generous with their time and knowledge. All of the speakers, including the breakout session leaders, were generous in sharing what they know and what they have learned.

Master Facilitators looked forward to sharing what they could with attendees who wanted and needed advice and knowledge. And our host, Wiley Publishing, continued to show great generosity in supporting the Masters Give Back program. It is a joy for me to see this value so abundantly displayed. My final reflection is this: The Leadership Challenge community is not just a group of people from around the world who enjoy common work and like to come together to socialize around it once a year.

Rather, it is a well-intentioned, focused community whose members are all deeply committed to the work of leadership development. There is a real power in this community. For years, many of us have seen the impact The Leadership Challenge has had on individual people and organizations of all kinds.

And this impact is expanding worldwide, including places like Asia, Africa, and Australia to alliteratively name a few. There are members of the community devoted to helping students become exposed to leadership at earlier ages and, as a result, perhaps changing their futures forever. And consider this…there is Leadership Challenge work being done in the Middle East, which with time and its accumulating, visible results could actually become a factor for future peace and interdependence. It is a privilege to be part of a community that makes such a difference for so many people.

In , we will gather in San Francisco, June 18—19, to continue strengthening our collective desire to grow leaders and, yes, even change the world. We extend a hearty welcome to all who want to join in on this wild and rewarding adventure. For all those familiar with The Leadership Challenge, we know that the most important starting point for values-driven leadership or any leadership, for that matter is to have an awareness of self: And it is that focus and learning that participants in a recent workshop, sponsored by the Hamilton County Leadership Academy HCLA , experienced in a unique way.

HCLA is a community leadership development program dedicated to helping those in leadership positions continue to develop their capabilities as leaders. Representing a variety of organizations from Hamilton County in Indiana, participants come to the program from various backgrounds—all seeking education and information about the Hamilton County community as well as opportunities to build on their leadership skills. Here, leaders return to the HCLA community to share their experiences, and spend a morning focusing on ways to more fully develop their leadership skills, both personally and professionally.

While this Values-Driven Leadership Workshop, in many settings, may have focused only on organizational values, HCLA has always recognized the importance of individual leaders exploring their own personal values. For example, during the most recent workshop held earlier this year, leaders spent the first several hours exploring personal values with an exercise adapted from the Values Card Sort provided in The Leadership Challenge Values Cards Facilitator Guide.

Leaders identified the personal values that mattered most to them and created definitions for each that would help guide them in their daily leadership. This exploration was both illuminating and reflective. And when participants shared their values with each other, the room was abuzz! To our surprise, this first exercise went more quickly than we had planned—perhaps because these leaders were so committed to the community they were already very in tune to the values that truly mattered to them and were quick to narrow down their values.

As many of us within the TLC community understand, having a leadership philosophy—one that arises from our values—often has more impact than we ever expect. This was the case with attendee Chris Owens, Director of Indiana Parks and Recreation Association, who was surprised that this simple process of exploring personal values and using those to create his leadership philosophy made such an impact. In fact, he was so excited that he posted about his leadership philosophy on Facebook, writing:. Still needs some polishing, but happy with draft 1. Workshop participants also shared their leadership philosophies with others in the group before being treated to a panel discussion that included executives from Hamilton and nearby Marion counties who told stories and provided insight into the personal values that drive their behavior and actions as leaders, as well as how their organizations use values to positively impact results.

During the extreme cold of the Polar Vortex in January, on the coldest night of the year when the wind chill was degrees, a valve broke on one of the liquefied natural gas tanks that provide gas into our system which, of course, is used to heat homes. And as employees from various divisions gather together to come up with a solution, the values of quality and teamwork were very evident. Each member of the team that night came in during off hours, bringing specific skills to collaborate on a solution that, ultimately, ended with three people climbing to the top of the 80 foot tank in the coldest hour of the coldest day to implement a fix.

It was all hands on deck and, in fact, a temporary worker was brought into the conversation because he had an idea for fixing the broken valve based on an observation earlier in the day. This truly demonstrated the value of teamwork and illustrates the great lengths our employees went to in order to ensure customers had gas to heat their homes.

I know it sounds hokey, but we really took it to heart. This means making our clients better, making each other better, making life better for our families, making the technical field better and, finally, making our community better. We live these values out every day through our client training sessions, mentoring, wellness initiatives, technical community involvement and events, and our community involvement plan.

A concrete example is our Pay It Forward Month. We provide a small stipend for each employee and ask them to help others in the community in some small, but meaningful way. Involvement in our community has become ingrained in who we are. I see our people taking it to heart and going above and beyond. Leaders left the session energized about their personal leadership, and eager to help others explore their own personal values and help them make the link to their organizational values.

Lisa Wissman of Community Health put it this way:. I have applied what I learned, shared examples from the panel and networked with two new individuals who are assisting me with helping a young engineer build a professional network for his job search. I truly hit the jackpot! Thank you for creating the opportunity. This most recent Values-Driven Leadership Workshop again confirmed the importance of the contribution that HCLA makes to the community by helping leaders further their development.

Hearing stories from panel members, having the space and time to reflect on their own values, and getting an unexpected opportunity to reflect on their leadership philosophies, HCLA participants and alumnae are in an even better position to make a positive impact on the communities in which they live and work. The Gift of Leadership program, begun in , is not just an annual workshop. It is a cause. Our Gift of Leadership program was held in March, and for two full days ILA and our other collaborative partners hosted a dynamic group of managers and directors from such Greater Cincinnati area nonprofits as The Council on Aging, Girl Scouts, St.

Vincent de Paul, and the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, among others. The venue was once again provided by our partner, Camp Joy, a nonprofit organization devoted to experiential learning for over 75 years. They generously provided scholarships for the program, and are deeply committed to providing more nonprofit members with ongoing, high - quality leadership development opportunities, such as The Leadership Challenge.

Collectively, we have been working on a vision of making the Cincinnati community better by building up our nonprofit leadership. We have developed a plan and are already in the process of rolling out a strategy to seek ongoing funding from businesses and other donors, to make the gift of The Leadership Challenge the foundation of leadership for area nonprofits.

Certified Master Facilitator Valarie Willis is also part of this endeavor. She offers The Leadership Challenge for additional members of this nonprofit community, and has played an important role in developing the strategy for keeping the Gift of Leadership moving forward in Cincinnati. New friendships were made and participants have begun sharing best practices—already raising their leadership capacity to better serve people in need throughout the Greater Cincinnati community.

As one Gift of Leadership participant wrote: I have made some commitments to myself that I intend to accomplish in the next 30 days that will benefit me and the organization. Thanks again for thinking of me for this opportunity. Every day, people working with human services agencies must confront circumstances which seem virtually impossible, and often deeply heart wrenching. Their work is hard and tireless, yet their passion and commitment remains unswerving.

It is a privilege to be able to contribute to their efforts in some small way. We thank them for their devotion to their work and for accepting the challenge to become better leaders for their organizations and the people they serve. For 25 years, Steve has taught, coached, and consulted with executives and all levels of managers around the world in leadership development, team development, personal growth, change, and business strategy. Most good leaders seem to be good storytellers. Can you share your thoughts on why that is and some examples that illustrate the value of telling stories?

Through stories, leaders pass on lessons about shared values and the norms about how people should work together. In a business climate obsessed with PowerPoint presentations, complex graphs and charts, and lengthy reports, storytelling may seem to some like a soft way of getting hard stuff done. Research shows that telling more positive stories than negative stories enables individuals, groups, and organizations to recover more quickly from adversity and trauma. In fact, research indicates that when leaders want to communicate standards, stories are a much more effective means of communication than are corporate policy statements, data about performance, and even a story plus the data.

His dad was a great storyteller, and he used stories especially effectively to teach lessons. Phillip has carried the family tradition into his business life at Goodyear. When Phillip was named to head up a large team with previously poor engagement scores for communication, he needed to find a way to be more proactive about connecting with employees.

He carried the practice with him when he was appointed president of Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems, a 2,person wholly owned subsidiary of Goodyear. Storytelling, Phillip says, accomplishes two things. It offers a framework for relating to the message—something that people encounter in their own lives that can bridge to the main point. It also offers him the chance to lead through an example rather than to come across simply as preaching.

Telling stories forces you to pay close attention to what your constituents are doing. Peers generally make better role models for what to do at work than famous people or ones several levels up in the hierarchy. When others hear or read a story about someone with whom they can identify, they are much more likely to see themselves doing the same thing. People seldom tire of hearing stories about themselves and the people they know. These stories get repeated, and the lessons of the stories get spread far and wide.

Storytelling is how people pass along lessons from generation to generation, culture to culture. Together with Barry Posner, he is author of The Leadership Challenge —now in its fifth edition—and over a thirty other books and workbooks on leadership and leadership development. Using a proven, evidence-based approach to leadership—in the form of The Leadership Challenge—Presence Health is inspiring its nursing leaders to strengthen partnerships, value contributions, and create innovative solutions that are transforming the culture of the entire organization.

What began in with the merger of two single ministries, Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care, is now a fully integrated health system consisting of five congregations:. Collectively, these congregations represent a unified passion, capturing the essence of the Presence Health name: And it was through this desire for unified connection that Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center wanted to ignite change within its nursing staff.

Presence Saint Joseph had a historical baseline turnover of To achieve this, Jackie began working with her team to create a new leadership initiative: Every Nurse a Leader , a program that would establish a new philosophy and mindset for emerging nurse leaders at the point of care and fundamentally transform the culture long-term. They started by looking for the root cause of the high turnover rate among RNs. What they found was a lack of structure—a framework that could provide guidance for new graduate nurses and help them understand more clearly what it would take to be successful in their work.

They also emphasized developing inter-organizational relationships and holistic teams to focus on the common mission of patient care. At the heart of the Every Nurse a Leader program is a two-year Transition into Practice residency, set up in stages to allow everyone to grow and become a leader within the organization.

Focusing on clinical, technical, interpersonal, and leadership skills, each participant is involved in a series of projects and roles throughout their residency. The first LPI is administered during their orientation period, after their cohort begins. A follow-up assessment is completed at the end of the first year of practice and, again, at the end of the second year—and beyond. Residents in the program Model the Way with hands-on clinical training in a Simulation Lab where they receive real-time feedback on their clinical and critical thinking skills as well as a full debrief to help analyze and reflect on their performance.

Taking the challenge one step further, each cohort spends a full day at an outdoor teamwork facility where they learn how to take risks, to overcome fears, and to trust each other as they work as a unified team. Jackie and her team at Presence Saint Joseph have found that Enabling Others to Act through these collaborations creates a supportive infrastructure that encourages key stakeholders to make a meaningful investment in the process and strengthens engagement and shared decision-making.

More experienced Nurse Managers actively participate in interviewing, onboarding, and providing transitional support during the residency period for new RNs. In addition, interdisciplinary partners, including the nursing leadership team and executives, are involved in the Transition into Practice Program through cohort educational sessions.

Presence Saint Joseph has seen an increased commitment to goals and those involved in the program have also reported an increased capacity to attain goals. Every Nurse a Leader has already produced stellar results through six program cohorts. Presence Saint Joseph has decreased its turnover rate for RNs in their first year: The Every Nurse a Leader program at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center continues to grow and reach more and more aspiring leaders within the organization. We, at Integris Performance Advisors, are proud to have played a part in their success.

We congratulate Jackie Medland and her team for leading the charge and showing so clearly what it truly means to liberate the leader within. Helping Integris clients succeed using innovative thinking, delivering meaningful results, and fostering personal growth, he can be reached at KJ. Make sure that people are creatively rewarded for their contributions to the success of your projects. Write down something that each of your constituents personally enjoys. Author and consultant Jennifer Robin has spent years studying, observing, working with—and in—great workplaces.

Be ready for some surprises! Finding Meaning in a Chaotic World. Learn more about Jennifer Robin at www. While the best leaders are self-aware, they are careful not to let their feelings manage them. Instead, they manage their feelings. One way to respond would be to yell at them and put them down in front of the group. But would that be the best way to handle the situation for the sake of your credibility and your relationship with your constituents? The same is true in learning. There will be times when you become frustrated and when you become upset at the feedback that you receive.

Upon the retirement of long-time CEO Steve Ballmer, Nadella is only the third chief executive to head the mega-giant founded and led by Bill Gates for so many years. But in his first email to employees, Nadella clearly set the tone for what is to come. Earning and sustaining personal credibility—the very foundation of exemplary leadership—demands it. And who better to help us understand how to develop courage than Bill Treasurer, former captain of the U.

K eynoting at The Leadership Challenge Forum , Bill will take the stage to engage participants in learning how to become more personally courageous and discover how to inspire more courageous behavior among those we lead. A daredevil athlete who, for seven years, traveled the world performing over high dives from heights that scaled to over feet—sometimes on fire!

Department of Veterans Affairs. A high-spirited keynote speaker who has shared his risk-taking experiences and courageous insights with groups across the country, Bill is the author of several books, including the international best-seller Courage Goes to Work , and the off-the-shelf facilitator training program published by Wiley , Courageous Leadership: Honesty with yourself and others produces a level of humility that earns you credibility. People like people who show they are human. Admitting mistakes and being open to accepting new ideas and new learning communicates that you are willing to grow.

It does something else as well. It promotes a culture of honesty and openness. Hubris is the killer disease in leadership. All evil leaders have been infected with the disease of hubris, becoming bloated with an exaggerated sense of self and pursuing their own sinister ends. How then to avoid it? Humility is the way to resolve the conflicts and contradictions of leadership. Leadership is also a performing art, and the best leaders also have coaches. The coach might be someone from inside or outside of the organization. This person might be a peer, a manager, a trainer, or someone with specific expertise in what you are trying to learn.

Coaches can play a number of roles. The most obvious is to watch you perform, give you feedback, and offer suggestions for improvement. But effective coaches can also be a very valuable source of social support, which is essential to resilience and persistence. Support is especially important when people are being asked to change their behavior. When you return to work after training, your initial enthusiasm can be quickly crushed if there is no one around to offer words of encouragement. Every leader needs someone to lean on from time to time.

Your coach should be able to offer you not only advice but also attention and caring.

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The best coaches are good listeners. In fact, they watch and listen about twice as much as they teach and tell. And of all the items used to measure coaching behavior, the one most linked to success is: Many organizations have an honest desire to develop more and better leaders. Yet despite the noblest of intentions many, if not most, also fall short. While some individuals may show improvement, the collective effort either never takes hold or fizzles out after a relatively short time.

And as you read along, consider from your experience what the biggest culprits you have found that get in the way of leaders developing to their full potential. Managers, from senior level on down, simply fail to tell their people they expect them to lead. There are typically a few other categories, e. Finally, there may be an add-on category about leadership development, frequently embedded somewhere in the self-development objectives. This, unfortunately, is how too many managers rationalize that they are, in fact, clarifying their expectations around leadership. But the communicated message is clear: Everything is a high priority these days.

And everyone is expected to meet ever-growing expectations. Otherwise, those development efforts will inevitably slip between the cracks. So the question for leaders is this: Assuming the expectation to lead is clearly made, there is a great deal of confusion about what it actually means. Because many organizations have not adopted a clear, concise, definable, model of leadership.

Despite what some organizational leaders seem to believe—that leadership is an esoteric, philosophical list of academic concepts—a well-grounded leadership model allows everyone, in any position throughout the organization, to know exactly what leadership looks like, what people do when they are leading, and how it differs from other activities. While some competencies are more directly tied to leadership than others, they generally cover broad knowledge areas such as financial acumen, strategic agility, business savvy, and communications. But having a competency model in place is just a starting point.

For example, being competent at people development and having a cross-boundary mindset will no doubt be tremendous assets to rising leaders. However, those descriptors fail to explain what the leader must be doing on a day-to-day basis to fully develop these competencies. With its evidenced-based research and its immediate, hands-on applicability, the model is like an instruction manual for creating higher performing teams, increasing employee engagement, and inspiring people to do their very best work — all key outcomes of leadership.

And with constantly changing circumstances, it must be reinforced time and time again. One ILA client organization has done a remarkable job emphasizing the importance of leadership.

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Like many, they suffered financially during the downturn. But they weathered the storm and learned an invaluable lesson: This meant developing leaders, regardless of title or position, who were willing and able to tackle tough problems, proactively respond to uncontrollable changes, and develop innovative solutions or breakthroughs ideas. Take good care of yourself outside of work so that you can bring your best self to work every day. Arrive a little early to work and stay a little late. Focus on playing the role assigned to you before trying to reach beyond that role.

Focus on doing your tasks, responsibilities, and projects very well, very fast, all day long. If you want to carry weight with your boss, that should be your primary focus. Be a problem-solver, not a complainer. Commit to continuous improvement through rigorous self-evaluation. Think about context and figure out where you fit in every situation. Why am I here? What is at stake for me? What is my appropriate role in relation to the other people in the group? What is my appropriate role in relation to the mission? Contribute your very best thoughts, words, and actions.

No matter how lowly or mundane or repetitive or minor your tasks and responsibilities might seem in relation to the overall mission, play your role to the max. Start mastering the art of human relations. Approach every relationship by focusing on what you have to offer the other person rather than on what you might want or need. Be a model of trust. Exhibit respect and kindness. Speak up and make yourself understood.

Celebrate the success of others. Make yourself a great workplace citizen. Be an accurate source of information. Instead of under-dressing, overdress. Practice old-fashioned good manners.. Hardship can cause leaders to look inside themselves, asking questions the answers to which can result in huge learnings and behavioral adjustments. Hardship and adversity can also be cleansing. They can have a refining effect. It can cause a leader to look at personal behavioral challenges related to anger, impatience, fear, selfishness, and so on.

Adversity can also produce a clearer focus and concentration on what is important in life and what is not. There is also a maturing element to hardship. Mature means being seasoned, tested, hardened, weathered, ready, and fully developed. Thus, adversity and hardships can take each of us to a higher level of character development. Ten Truths about Leadership. Are You a Hundred Percent Leader?

Connection is the strength of the emotional connection they build with their people. You need to decide how much you want to challenge your people and how tight an emotional bond you want to build with them. The degree to which you challenge and connect with your people will determine the results you get. Based on their research, Murphy has divided leaders into four basic types: With the challenges leaders face, appeasing, avoiding or intimidating can seem like necessary approaches; the path of least resistance.

In practice, the four types are described this way: Working for the Appeaser. Working for the Intimidator.

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Working for the Avoider. What kind of leader are you? Creating a Blueprint for Your Leadership Development. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. How to Decommoditize Your Leadership All leaders want to make a difference; be transformational. The difference begins with the bond we create by integrating who we are with what we do. Making a difference has a lot to do with how completely we integrate what we are our character, values and attitudes with what we do our competencies.

All leaders have to set direction, give orders, and display competence. What sets one leader apart from another, what makes an order compelling rather than coercive, is the kind of spirit that accompanies their actions; a commanding what-can-I- get -from-them approach or a servant what-can-I- give -them value system. But either way, what makes us take notice is their authenticity—their uniqueness. When we integrate our whole person , we create the potential for meaning in our work, trust with those we lead, and in turn, we build our uniqueness as a leader.

In Rework , they write about building uniqueness in a business: Make you part of your product or service. Make it something no one else can offer. You are your product. When you put more of you into the equation, you make yourself unique—even indispensable. When you add in humility, you create meaning that people can get behind. Last year the quality that the Top 20 companies valued most in their leaders was execution —the ability of leaders to achieve results through others. This year, the most valued quality is strategic thinking.

See the complete PDF summary. The top 20 companies address leadership development on multiple fronts, from articulating how leadership behavior needs to change to meet the challenges of the future to managing their pools of successors for mission-critical roles. And, despite the chaotic, crisis-strewn atmosphere of the past year, they've continued to make leadership a top priority.

What Kind of Leadership Will Work in ? The Work Foundation , a British think-tank, released a reaffirming report on the principles of outstanding leadership. They concluded that outstanding leaders do three things: They think and act systemically: They connect the parts by a guiding sense of purpose. They see people as the route to performance: They not only like and care about people, but have come to understand at a deep level that the capability and engagement of people is how they achieve exceptional performance.

They are self-confident without being arrogant: They are highly motivated to achieve excellence and are focused on organisational outcomes, vision and purpose. But they understand they cannot create performance themselves. Rather, they are conduits to performance through their influence on others. The key tool they have to do this is not systems and processes, but themselves and the ways they interact with and impact on those around them.

This sense of self is not ego-driven. It is to serve a goal, creating a combination of humility and self-confidence. This is why they watch themselves carefully and act consistently to achieve excellence through their interactions and through their embodiment of the leadership role. While these studies are helpful in defining what leaders need to aspire to, what is not so easy is converting these values into daily practice. Meanwhile, the disillusionment and dissatisfaction of those who are led grows.

And we do not seem much nearer to establishing a clearer idea of what sort of leadership will work in the cynical and confused world of During the British general election of , the journalist Geoffrey Goodman spent the campaign following the deputy leader of the Labour party, Aneurin Bevan, around the country. One quotation in particular stands out.

It has to be exposed and challenged, generation after generation. Even while we secretly hope for powerful new leaders to emerge. In another highlight from the Work Foundation study, they made this observation about the process of becoming an outstanding leader: Becoming an outstanding leader is likely to depend a great deal on maturity, self-awareness and self-development within the job. Some of the outstanding leaders featured in the research did not originally have a people-focused approach, but realised the impact they were having on people and therefore adjusted their style accordingly.

They arrived at this point through experience, maturity and reflection. They had a very sophisticated understanding of cause and effect and how their actions can dramatically affect outcomes. How to Be a Positive Force in Any Situation To overcome the force of gravity—that which pulls us down—we have to generate an opposing force greater than gravity. That force is lift. Any opposition to lift is called drag.

Instead of experiencing lift we fall back into our comfort zones, become reactive, self-centered and fatalistic. To intentionally experience lift and to be a positive influence for others, we have to make a conscious choice. Do the leaders within your organization have the skills they need to be successful in the future? This is the basic question that the Center for Creative Leadership asked 2, leaders from 15 organizations, in three countries between and The findings from this research project identified the following seven leadership skills as most critical for success, now and in the future: Doing whatever it takes: Being a quick learner: Clearly, these are skills that are vital and need to be addressed.

However, what I found interesting in the report was the following comment: Organizations report greater bench strength in areas of building and mending relationships, compassion and sensitivity, cultural adaptability, respecting individual differences, composure, and self-awareness. In organizations where this is the case, sufficient skill-level has been established in these areas and further large-scale efforts to boost these areas are unnecessary.

This finding struck me as rather odd for two reasons. First, these competencies are areas where we find people continually getting themselves into trouble and secondly, most of the nine competencies listed have a direct and even causal effect on the seven competencies that the participants found to be insufficient to meet future leadership requirements.

Respecting individual differences and lack of self-awareness are two popular weapons of self-destruction. The fact that we think we have these skills sufficiently mastered to render them unimportant suggests that we have blind spots that have not been fully explored. If leadership is about anything, it is about relationships. All our hopes, dreams, goals, metrics, sales, market share and aspirations are going to be accomplished through people. Self-Awareness Without self-awareness leadership becomes just another exercise in ego gratification.

Self-awareness allows for self-discipline and control of the ego. Without it the ego runs amok looking after itself and only incidentally in the service of others if the needs of both happen to align. Self-awareness is the ability to see when an emotion or a perception is influencing your thinking and behavior and, if necessary, do something about it.

Gaining control over the state of your mind will pay big dividends in terms of your leadership effectiveness. It is the blind spot of leadership. Being able to step back and see both the positive and negative aspects about yourself, to see how you affect others, and to see how you are behaving in real-time , is critical to your success as a leader.

Self-awareness is a bigger problem than one might think. This means that two thirds of us are typically controlled by our emotions and are not yet skilled at spotting them and using them to our benefit. You can not manage the behaviors of others without first getting a handle on your own. Judith Zoebelein, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, makes a clear statement about the dynamics of authentic leadership.

I do believe that everybody has authority. Living in communities you really come to recognize the gifts and the leadership of each person in different areas. That person may not be the superior and in charge of the house, but if for example, I need someone to come out and help feed goats, I know exactly who I am going to ask, because that Sister has a giftedness with animals. When I work with her, I gain a lot; understand through her something new which is not natively mine to understand.

It means that God gives each of us a certain capacity and giftedness, because of who we are, our genealogy, past experiences, and who our family is. It is up to us then to develop these talents. These become our set of gifts. As we develop those gifts more and more, people come to trust us in these areas. One of those behaviors is Be Decisive. At the same time the stakes are higher than usual.

What business schools can teach is organisational behaviour. They can teach compensation systems and recruitment processes. They can offer classes on cash and non-cash incentives, on training, promotion and the value of a corporate culture. They can offer frameworks for negotiations, strategy decisions and implementing change. But when they bundle this up and call it leadership, they risk leaving their students with the faulty impression that they are now qualified, if not obliged, to go into the world and lead. It breeds the arrogance for which MBAs are mocked.

They provide clarity so that those below them can do their best to achieve a common goal. But leadership should not be the brass ring at the climax of every business career. It is the merit of Broughton to remind readers of the problems of surrounding leadership education. Business schools are best at teaching the competencies that business leaders need when performing their tasks. And at this point in time, they are probably rethinking what that means. Teaching leadership — as in take these classes and read these books and you are a leader — is something else.

Broughton correctly asserts that MBA students often walk out into the world thinking that they are uniquely equipped to lead the world. Books and lectures do not make you a leader, but they can give you the tools to become a leader through the practice of leadership.

They point you in the right direction. They fast-track your awareness. They are extremely valuable but they do not make you a leader. That label is earned, not taught. Every business needs followers: Broughton is confusing leadership with position. Position is the brass ring and there are a limited number of those to go around. Most people will to be left out. Likewise we are all — regardless of our position — followers. Leadership is intentional influence. Basic to a proper understanding of leadership is the understanding that leadership is not position and does not make you a leader.

There was a time when management was just management, the science of providing organisational support for innovators and salespeople to win customers and revenue. Managers tracked resources, physical, financial and human, and tried to improve efficiency. Occasionally they made an acquisition or pushed into new markets, and this was strategy. Managers were globe-trotting executives — catalysts for change. They had a business press eager to turn them into icons, to photograph them in their penthouses, preening over their empires as if they, rather than their shareholders, owned them.

Business schools were eagerly complicit in this super-sizing of management. They no longer educated mere MBAs. Business does not need any more leadership courses — particularly not at the MBA level. No, business schools need leadership courses. They just need better ones. They need courses with a proper emphasis about leadership. They are often separated so that we can, by pulling them apart, see how they fit together.

We need both and we need to be practicing both. One is not better than the other. A good leader manages. A good manager leads. Some parts of your job are exhilarating and some parts are very boring. Sometimes you are up for it and sometimes you are not. But like a Broadway actor, your professionalism demands that you put your personal issues behind you and give it your best.

He needs to realize that those presentations may be the summary of months of effort by employees at all levels in your organization. He will need to actively listen—and communicate with caring, interest, and enthusiasm—no matter how tired he may feel on the inside. He needs to realize that everyone will not only be listening to his words—everyone will be watching his face. Signs of boredom or indifference that may be ignored if coming from peers can be demoralizing when coming from CEOs.

Signs of recognition and support can validate employees and provide needed recognition and inspiration after a great effort. The Accountable Leader Brian Dive tells us in The Accountable Leader that many organizations have difficulty developing leaders and fostering effective leadership because they have never considered the context they must lead in. The organization must be structured, Dive contends, so that all leadership roles from top to bottom have well-defined decision rights.

In other words, accountability needs to be structured into the very fiber of the organizational architecture at all levels. Accountability, organizational design and leadership are three inextricably linked factors. An organization is in flow, or in a state of equilibrium, when the required number of management layers vertical architecture matches the effective reach or span of control over the relevant resources that the organization needs in order to achieve its purpose. After briefly explaining the problem and the key concepts used in correcting it, he begins to present practical application of his ideas for creating accountability within an organization.

Some of the chief executives they interviewed provided their perspective on what you need to keep in mind as you prepare to lead: From the top down, learn to assess the business from the point of view of the CEO. Experiences build character and you grow your intelligence, skill and judgment.

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Hone your strengths and work on your weakness where you can. For me life experience has included my marriage, bringing up my kids, setting up a shop at 14, being a lawyer, being a professional skier, and my interests in food and travel. It is diverse experiences which allow me to talk to and relate to employees at all levels.

What is the Secret of Great Performers? Malcolm Gladwell tells us in Outliers that when it comes to success, context is everything. Lead By Example Leading by example is one of those things we know and remember to do on our way to do something else. The problem is that it requires a lot more inner work than we are willing to put in, but it leverages our leadership more than any other thing we can do. Developing Diamonds in the Rough. You will read all you can. You will do whatever you have to do to increase your leadership input, because you know as well as I do that it will make you better.

Leaders must invite the same type of cross training into their leadership development regimen. The more varied the environments in which you exercise your leadership gift, the stronger that gift will become. Lead something besides your main thing. You will become a far more effective leader. Powerful Leadership Proverbs by Bill Hybels. The Four Rules of Influence. A Fable to Internalize. Learning Leadership the Hard Way. In Leadership, Context Is Everything. Good Followers Make the Best Leaders. Are Leaders Born or Made? Qualities of Leadership Found in Wordsworth.

Your Leadership Brand According to Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood, leaders must live the image they want to portray to their customers followers and investors. That is their leadership brand. The Impending Leadership Vacuum. More foolish is the person that takes offense when it was intended. But ultimately, leadership development begins with self-knowledge and the development of a disciplined mind and character. It is specific to our varied own backgrounds and situations. There are hundreds of great tools to help you get there, but he only one that can begin the journey, is you.

He sometimes becomes immune to the intangible but powerful human impulses that lie beneath the surface of his discipline. Fortunately, that is accessible to everyone who makes the effort. Measure of a Leader. Kevin Eikenberry maintains a blog on his web site and on the Remarkable Leadership web site.

The final part will be posted on Friday. The Kevin Eikenberry Interview Part 1. Developing a Respectful Mind. Ignition Points How do you lead in a situation where you are not in control? The answer is a qualified no. Thompson defines seven ignition points—functions or tools you can develop and use to create unique value to your organization. The Acid Test of Leadership.

The Courage to Initiate Relying on a single person to lead the charge reflects a dysfunctional concept of leadership. No one person can do everything. No wise leader would. Leadership is a group activity. There is an implied interdependency. Everyone has the capacity for leadership. Often what most people lack is the courage—the courage to initiate. Initiative means moving outside your comfort zone. It means seeking out opportunities and being willing to act. Nearly everyone can see a need or see where changes need to be made.

What is uncommon though, are people who are willing to take the initiative; to do something about it. Leadership is not always seen in the brightest or the most talented, but it is always found in the courageous. The CEO mindset involves taking the time to think about the forces that are shaping the future of both you and your organization.

Managing yourself in this way is important not only to the organization but also to your own personal development. Looking for Leaders Recently someone was lamenting to me the lack of new leaders in their organization. Maybe they were looking for leaders in all the wrong places. We commonly look for what looks like leadership. We look for people who stand out self-promoters.

We look for clones people who are just like us. We look for the smartest person in the room technically competent. We look for people who did a good job for us promote as a reward. All too often I see people being chosen for leadership jobs on the basis of superficial personal traits and characteristics. I just feel in my gut he can do the job. How she ever boiled down all that data onto the PowerPoints is beyond me.

She certainly had the committee in the palm of her hand. Such a morale builder and motivator! We need to look deeper. It seems there are more responsibilities and pressures than ever before. Of course, hardships and stress always accompany accomplishment. Successful people have exceptionally high levels of tenacity and persistence and a general hardiness.

Kouzes and Posner find hardiness an important ingredient for leadership success: Increasing your hardiness has a lot to do with your context setting agility. As Bill Joiner and Stephen Josephs explain, Context setting agility includes scanning your environment, anticipating important changes, deciding what initiatives to take, scoping each initiative, and determining your desired outcomes. At the same time, increasing your agility level can increase your capacity for dealing with stress.

The thing I had to do was to try to relax. Winston Churchill certainly had it. Focused and On Track. The Study of Leadership In a keynote address in Tokyo, Peter Drucker made the following observation about an aspect of leadership—management: There are management tools and techniques. There are management concepts and principles. There is a common language of management. And there may be even a universal "discipline" of management. Certainly there is a worldwide generic function which we call management and which serves the same purpose in any and all developed societies.

But management is also a culture and a system of values and beliefs. It is also the means through which a given society makes productive its own values and beliefs. Management must, indeed, become the instrument through which cultural diversity can be made to serve the common purposes of mankind. At the same time, management increasingly is not being practiced within the confines of one national culture, law, or sovereignty but "multinationally. Of course, along the same lines, leadership encompasses far more than the business or political environment we typically confine it to.

From being the act of a few, it has become a personal responsibility. The issues we face today require a multidimensional understanding of leadership that is broader than most academic studies would give it.

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Many times leaders are promoted because of a strong record of achievement, only to derail later because of their inability to adapt. For example, an individual may be good at demanding high performance from his or her followers, or have strong technical ability. However, those strengths are not sufficient when, for example, big-picture thinking or relationship building are also essential to success. To prepare yourself and others for growing challenges, you need the clarity of thought and flexibility to understand your own weaknesses and develop new talents.

The survey shows that business leaders fail across the board at setting clear objectives, motivating staff and weeding out poor performers. He suggests that you repeatedly practice making judgments of other people and reflect on why you might have missed in some cases. Did the individual have the potential you saw in them?

How good are your judgments compared to others judgments on the same individual? They consistently deliver ambitious results. They continuously demonstrate growth, adaptability, and learning better and faster than their excellently performing peers. They seize the opportunity for challenging, bigger assignments, thereby expanding capability and capacity and improving judgment.

They have the ability to think through the business and take leaps of imagination to grow the business. They are driven to take things to the next level. They come to the point succinctly, are clear thinkers, and have the courage to state a point-of-view even though listeners may react adversely. They ask incisive questions that open minds and incite the imagination. They perceptively judge their own direct reports, have the courage to give them honest feedback so the direct reports grow; they dig into cause and effect if a direct report is failing.

They know the non-negotiable criteria of the job of heir direct reports and match the job with the person; of there is a mismatch they deal with it promptly. What differentiates a connected leader is the way in which they impact and influence those around them and this is largely determined by the way in which they view good leadership. More than even our individual skill-set, how we see the role of leadership greatly determines the impact we have on others and the success we will have as leaders.

Our impact is the result of a number of factors. Using the iceberg metaphor, above the waterline for all to see, are skills and knowledge. On their own, they do not differentiate between average and superior performance…. But it is below the waterline that the real differentiators lie.

Performance will differ depending on how people see their role. If doctors believe that their primary role is solving problems, their behavior is likely to be different from that of surgeons who see their roles as healers. Often we see the "smartest person in the room" or " the leader of all leaders" mind-set to thinking about leadership. With this mentality we won't have the necessary ability to work well with other leaders and developing community. As Jean Lipman-Blumen wrote in Connective Leadership , "leaders cannot just issue orders; instead, they have to join forces, persuade, and negotiate to resolve conflicts.

The Go Point Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. Leadership Agility What is leadership agility? Like agile organizations—organizations that anticipate and respond to rapidly changing conditions by leveraging highly effective internal and external relationships—leadership agility is the ability to take wise and effective action amid complex, rapidly changing conditions.

Without a framework, leaders often handicap themselves in a number of significant ways. Leaders tend to operate from intuition and experience. While both can serve a leader well, neither is infallible: Leaders tend to become leaders because they are technically competent. Being good at something singles them out for promotion. But what makes people effective at one level can make them ineffective at another.

Leaders tend to operate with the skills that were most useful two levels below their current level. In part because of the way they were chosen for the leadership track, they tend to maintain the mind-set of the level where they last felt real mastery. Few leaders are taught to lead. Because most leaders learn intuitively from experience, that experience is seldom analyzed with any depth, consistency, or systematic feedback.

A few leaders have the good fortune of being taught informally by a particularly effective boss or mentor, but such teachers are rare. Even fewer leaders are taught formally; academic institutions focus on the organization of work more than on the application of leadership. Many corporations offer inhouse programs, but few combine strong teaching with the kind of in-depth coaching that guarantees its application. Leaders tend to stop learning in midlife.

By the time people hit their forties, many rely on their previous knowledge and have only a shallow commitment to ongoing self-education and self development. Few leaders lead from a clear sense of purpose. Even fewer lead from a clear sense of noble purpose. Few leaders know how to pass on what they know. Not having been taught, they have little idea how to help others develop their leadership skills. Bell writes, "To overcome these obstacles, leaders need some guidelines; they need a framework for understanding and exercising great leadership. Leaders stand or fall not so much by their talent or lack of it as by their understanding or misunderstanding of what great leadership is.

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