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Leadership Self-Development Journey
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you.
You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
- James Allen
BUILDING SUPPORT: A leader must be able to build support for his ideas and direction or else fail as a leader.
BUILDING TRUST: By being honest, open and consistent and by showing the willingness to trust the team, the leader lays a strong team foundation for the good, but especially bad times.
SELF-AWARENESS: Self-awareness opens the door to effective communication and the leader's ability to relate to others.
COMMUNICATION: The leader's ability and commitment to communicate with clarity and appropriateness is essential to his leadership effectiveness.
STRATEGIC THINKING: With the vision or goal in mind, leaders accept responsibility for the most effective way to achieve the vision or goal.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: Leadership is by definition action in the context of relationships. To ignore relationships contradicts leadership whereas building them enhances teamwork.
PASSION: The leader does not only have to have a strong sense of responsibility, but passion for the cause.
VISIONARY THINKING: The mental picture of a desired destination, big or small, sparks focused activities and worthwhile endeavours, which is why leaders' first task is to imagine the ideal future.
CHARACTER: Leadership involves many tests of courage, resilience and morality which make strong character indispensable.
PERSEVERANCE: Leadership disappears when we give up and emerges when we choose to persevere when others would have given up.
TREND/SYSTEMS AWARENESS: A big-picture view to spot trends early on and an understanding of the influences of systems and their relationships is needed for the strategic direction that the leader must give.
SELF-MOTIVATION: The leader motivates himself with his personal vision, passion, potential and moral convictions.
SELF-INITIATIVE: To be a leader is to take the initiative to make a positive difference.
BUILDING TEAM: It is in the development and performance of the team that the leader's effectiveness can be seen.
LIFE-BALANCE/RESILIENCE: To sustain his energy and ability to focus, and to set a credible example, a leader needs to have good balance between the different areas of his life and model resilience.
SELF-CONFIDENCE: To lead requires the confidence to take the first step and have others follow you.
CREATIVITY/INNOVATION: Since leaders focus on potential and imagine the future to be different, they demonstrate and encourage innovative and creative thinking.
LEADERSHIP STYLE: Different situations require different leadership styles to be effective. Good leaders are flexible and versatile in their style.
SELF-REGARD: Positive self-regard is necessary for a leader in order to accept criticism, learn from it and continue leading with confidence.
ORGANISATIONAL AWARENESS: Sufficient awareness of different aspects of the organisation, such as the reason for its existence, the history, structure and culture, enables the leader to align himself and his team effectively.
CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE: Only by making good heart and mind connections with people can the leader hope to influence them to co-operate enthusiastically.
DECISION MAKING: With firm and apt individual decision making together with skilful facilitation of team decisions the leader ensures momentum and backing for the direction taken.
TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS: Understanding the potential positive and negative effects of technology in the organisation enables the leader to balance human interests with efficiency.
BEING SERVANT: By choosing to serve and not boss the team, the leader builds them up and collectively they grow to become better leaders in service of the organisation.
AUTHENTICITY: A leader cannot help others unless he shares himself openly and honestly.
HONESTY/INTEGRITY: The leader is credible and ethical to the extent that his beliefs, values, attitude and behaviour forms an integrated whole.
RECOGNITION: Leaders recognise people privately and publicly out of real appreciation for their contributions as well as personal qualities.
EMPOWER: The more empowered and free people feel, the more they give to the cause. Rather than trying to control, leaders show trust in people's inherent capabilities.
ADAPTABILITY: Effective leadership is more a consequence of the leader's ability to adapt well to changes than a consequence of his knowledge or experience.
INSPIRING HOPE: Nothing is as damaging to an organisation as the negative attitudes of its people. It is the leader's uppermost responsibility to inspire hope and create a positive climate.
SELF-DISCIPLINE: The leader's self-discipline sets the standard and example for others without which consistent performance is not possible.
CULTURAL AWARENESS: In an age of globalisation and culturally diverse workplaces, sensitivity for differences is critical to the leader's success in mobilising people as a community.



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LEADERSHIP TOPICS

LEADING SELF

Authenticity
Passion
Self-regard
Character
Self-confidence
Self-awareness
Self-motivation
Self-discipline
Self-initiative
Perseverance
Life-balance/resilience

LEADING CHANGE

Adaptability
Trend/systems awareness
Organisational awareness
Visionary thinking
Strategic thinking
Cultural awareness
Technology awareness
Creativity/innovation

LEADING OTHERS

Connecting with people
Building relationships
Being servant
Building support
Communication
Building team
Building trust
Leadership style
Recognition
Empower
Decision making
Honesty/integrity
Inspiring hope

 

Example of a letter to program participants

An email to people selected for the program can have the following wording:

Dear Paul

We are happy to inform you that you have been selected to participate in the New Era Leadership Self-development program.  It is a one-year online program covering 32 leadership principles in week-modules. Although it is a self-development program you will form part of a group of our employees who will participate with you in the program. As you will have your own private journey of development, you will also participate in discussions with colleagues on the material in the program.  The program can furthermore be linked to a personal coaching program to help you grow as a leader.

You already have or will shortly receive an email with login details and can start your journey  as soon as you have it. I trust you will find it relevant and very helpful  to your aspirations as a leader.  Please participate in the blog discussions. It can only strengthen our efforts to build a culture of leadership and learning.

Best regards

Tony Johnson

HR Director

 

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