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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.
SELF-REGARD: Positive self-regard is necessary for a leader in order to accept criticism, learn from it and continue leading with confidence.
LEADERSHIP STYLE: Different situations require different leadership styles to be effective. Good leaders are flexible and versatile in their style.
STRATEGIC THINKING: With the vision or goal in mind, leaders accept responsibility for the most effective way to achieve the vision or goal.
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.
SELF-INITIATIVE: To be a leader is to take the initiative to make a positive difference.
CHARACTER: Leadership involves many tests of courage, resilience and morality which make strong character indispensable.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: Leadership is by definition action in the context of relationships. To ignore relationships contradicts leadership whereas building them enhances teamwork.
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.
BUILDING TEAM: It is in the development and performance of the team that the leader's effectiveness can be seen.
RECOGNITION: Leaders recognise people privately and publicly out of real appreciation for their contributions as well as personal qualities.
PASSION: The leader does not only have to have a strong sense of responsibility, but passion for the cause.
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.
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.
COMMUNICATION: The leader's ability and commitment to communicate with clarity and appropriateness is essential to his leadership effectiveness.
PERSEVERANCE: Leadership disappears when we give up and emerges when we choose to persevere when others would have given up.
AUTHENTICITY: A leader cannot help others unless he shares himself openly and honestly.
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.
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.
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.
HONESTY/INTEGRITY: The leader is credible and ethical to the extent that his beliefs, values, attitude and behaviour forms an integrated whole.
SELF-AWARENESS: Self-awareness opens the door to effective communication and the leader's ability to relate to others.
TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS: Understanding the potential positive and negative effects of technology in the organisation enables the leader to balance human interests with efficiency.
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.
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-MOTIVATION: The leader motivates himself with his personal vision, passion, potential and moral convictions.
CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE: Only by making good heart and mind connections with people can the leader hope to influence them to co-operate enthusiastically.
SELF-CONFIDENCE: To lead requires the confidence to take the first step and have others follow you.
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.
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.
CREATIVITY/INNOVATION: Since leaders focus on potential and imagine the future to be different, they demonstrate and encourage innovative and creative thinking.

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In support of your coaching

In summary

For coaches - a highly effective aid and stimulus for coaching conversations

• Use the program for own and clients' benefit
• Receive emails of coaching clients' self-reflective work on leadership principles
• Follow their progress
• Interact with them in blog conversations as a coaching client community
• Become part of The New Era Leadership Forum for Coaches (share and learn sessions)

The New Era Leadership personal development program (see the demonstration video on the homepage) can be used as a highly effective aid and stimulus for coaching conversations.
Users of the program send their weekly completed answers to their coaches, thereby offering them the opportunity to prepare and explore further during sessions. As a coach you can stay in close contact with you client's thinking even when he/she is travelling or on an overseas project. Corporate clients can use it to help develop their employees as a self-development tool as well as a catalyst for leadership conversations. (See the offer to corporates)

How to register and buy the program

  1. Register to buy the number you need for you clients. On the registration form you have the option to let your coachees participate in the 'open blog community' or in 'your coaching clients community'. The 'coaching clients community' option will give you (if you are registered as a user as well) the opportunity to use the program as a coaching platform by using the blog facility to engage with your coaching clients. Payment method: Credit card payment is limited to the amount of R 5000 per transaction for security purposes. Use the secure EFT payment option from bank accounts at any of the following banks: ABSA, ENB, STANDARD BANK or NEDBANK. Else, as in the case of international buyers, email Gerhard at to notify him of your interest and/or intent to purchase the program. He will reply with bank account details for payment.
  2. After payment you will receive an email requesting you to give minimal details of the participants in an Excel file
  3. Email the file back to New Era Leadership
  4. The coachees will receive an email with their login details
  5. As their coach you can use your login details to view a report of the progress of all coachees at any time

The following are some of the benefits of the program:

  • Flexibility. Users engage with their development guide in their own time. There is no need to interrupt their work schedule and waiste time on travelling to venues. Sitting in the train, aeroplane, waiting room, car (waiting) etc. can be very meaningful and productive time as they read and reflect on a leadership topic  
  • Relevance and appropriateness. As we know, we learn best when the timing is right. The topics are relevant to everyday living, particularly at work, but the user can determine what is appropriate for him/her at the time. The journal will become a rich source of wisdom to revisit and reinforce what they have learned
  • When used as a corporate development inititiative it provides a framework and basis for conversations that sensitize people to thinking of themselves as leaders with leadership responsibilities
  • The program facilitates growth and development where it matters most: In-depth and self-reflective thinking over a long enough period of time to change behaviour.  In comparison to 2 or 3-day courses it offers a much higher return on investment

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