For a topic that profoundly affects all other skills, leadership is remarkably hard to pin down. There is no singular definition, no one approach that fits every individual or situation, nor is it one discrete skill. Instead, leadership is perhaps the most dynamic of all organisational competencies, requiring a wide variety of cognitive skills, and complemented with emotional sensitivity which brings the elements together in an effective whole. To understand leadership, this workshop begins with widely accepted definitions and other knowledge about effective leadership practices, the different styles of contemporary leadership, and its affect and influence on teams and individuals. The workshop finishes with discussions about how to apply and practice the appropriate behaviors in the different types of organisations.
This leadership workshop can be adapted to fit different levels: from senior managers with extensive experience, to middle managers who need to be more aware of their style and how they might improve it, or for new managers who are just starting to guide other people in their departments or teams.
- Understand the value of effective leadership and constructive behaviours.
- Recognise their own current leadership style – both strengths and weaknesses – through psychometric testing and peer feedback to determine a plan of action.
- Develop a vision for their practice, department or group, as well as deciding strategic direction, the group’s values and and its performance standards.
- Demonstrate the behaviours to motivate their teams, ensure effectiveness of all individuals, and accomplish their professional and personal objectives.
Specific Points of Emphasis
- Attributes – Participants discuss their role models to articulate how they formed their own current definition and knowledge of leadership.
- Vision – Participants discuss and debate their vision for their area, with strategies and behaviours to accomplish their objectives.
- Feedback – Participants review assessments of their leadership styles and confidential feedback from their peers and direct reports.
- Execution – Participants commit to a series of measurements in order to demonstrate traction in experimenting and improving their leadership styles once they return to their workplaces.
Understanding one’s existing leadership style is done in two ways.
- Feedback from Peers Prior to attending the program, each participant will be asked to solicit feedback from at least five people, either direct reports, peers or colleagues. The feedback is gathered through anonymous questionnaires, sent directly to the facilitator to compile in a confidential summary report distributed at the beginning of the workshop.
- Psychometric Assessment I recommend either Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or Emotional Intelligence for its simplicity, its global relevance and its practicality. Use this link to learn more about either assessment. Both programs are additional costs to the workshop fees.
This workshop is primarily conducted as a two-day workshop, but not on consecutive days. The first day is about knowledge, group discussion and assessment, finishing with a plan of action to implement prior to the second workshop. The second day – scheduled a few weeks or a month later – begins by participants discussing their insights from implementing their program, sharing responses to exercises and tasks outlined in the first workshop, and conversing with other senior executives in the organization sharing their leadership development. The final exercise is a six-month plan of action, which often includes 1-1 coaching in the interim.
Shorter versions of the workshop are available, but due to limited time, they cannot incorporate all of the aspects of the two-day workshop. However, working with the attendee’s team leaders, the agenda can touch upon many of the relevant aspects of leadership and help plan short- and long-term leadership development.
The maximum number of participants is 16, with 6 as a minimum number. Workbooks and reading suggestions are provided as part of the training.
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