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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
PERSEVERANCE: Leadership disappears when we give up and emerges when we choose to persevere when others would have given up.
COMMUNICATION: The leader's ability and commitment to communicate with clarity and appropriateness is essential to his leadership effectiveness.
TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS: Understanding the potential positive and negative effects of technology in the organisation enables the leader to balance human interests with efficiency.
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.
AUTHENTICITY: A leader cannot help others unless he shares himself openly and honestly.
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.
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-MOTIVATION: The leader motivates himself with his personal vision, passion, potential and moral convictions.
SELF-DISCIPLINE: The leader's self-discipline sets the standard and example for others without which consistent performance is not possible.
SELF-AWARENESS: Self-awareness opens the door to effective communication and the leader's ability to relate to others.
CHARACTER: Leadership involves many tests of courage, resilience and morality which make strong character indispensable.
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.
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.
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.
BUILDING TEAM: It is in the development and performance of the team that the leader's effectiveness can be seen.
SELF-REGARD: Positive self-regard is necessary for a leader in order to accept criticism, learn from it and continue leading with confidence.
RECOGNITION: Leaders recognise people privately and publicly out of real appreciation for their contributions as well as personal qualities.
SELF-CONFIDENCE: To lead requires the confidence to take the first step and have others follow you.
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.
CREATIVITY/INNOVATION: Since leaders focus on potential and imagine the future to be different, they demonstrate and encourage innovative and creative thinking.
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.
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.
CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE: Only by making good heart and mind connections with people can the leader hope to influence them to co-operate enthusiastically.
HONESTY/INTEGRITY: The leader is credible and ethical to the extent that his beliefs, values, attitude and behaviour forms an integrated whole.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: Leadership is by definition action in the context of relationships. To ignore relationships contradicts leadership whereas building them enhances teamwork.
SELF-INITIATIVE: To be a leader is to take the initiative to make a positive difference.
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.
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.
BUILDING SUPPORT: A leader must be able to build support for his ideas and direction or else fail as a leader.
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.
PASSION: The leader does not only have to have a strong sense of responsibility, but passion for the cause.

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Trend/systems awareness
Organisational awareness
Visionary thinking
Strategic thinking
Cultural awareness
Technology awareness


Connecting with people
Building relationships
Being servant
Building support
Building team
Building trust
Leadership style
Decision making
Inspiring hope


The New Era Leadership Self-Development Journey

In summary:

For individuals – anyone who wants to be more effective, more influential and face change with confidence

• Start any time                                                                                                        
• Interactive (inspirational learning material, reflection, practical application)
• Flexible (choose any 32 of the 52 weeks; any topic after the first four)
• Journal
• Blog participation – open community
• Coaching (optional)

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The program is developed to help you on your journey in three main areas, your inner focus, your future focus and your focus on others. The future focus and focus on others is more specific to the world of work. The material of the program will help you to grow as a person and as a leader. Your journey with this program is your opportunity to teach yourself new, more effective ways of interacting with the world. In computer language, it is an opportunity to tune your operating system at different levels to be more effective, get rid of what is dysfunctional and not helping you to lead yourself, lead change and lead others.

As I am sure you will agree, we need to be lifelong learners to make the most of the gift of life. The first step is to create awareness of the desireability of a certain skill, competence or character quality. In your assessment of yourself and your potential you become aware of the need to improve in a specific area of your life. What follows is your commitment to certain attitudes, behaviours and actions and to reflect on your experiences. As you make positive discoveries you need to make sure that you follow through until such time that you have completed the change and don’t even have to think of it anymore.

The journey takes the form of a weekly module – or a food-for-thought-pack to carry with you during the week. The format is an introduction of one of the 32 leadership topics, then an illustration which can be a story or image or diagram. Then to help you in your reflection there are some questions to answer or a self-assessment exercise. Then follows a focus thought for the week or a small assignment to help you to experience the learning in the week to come. At the end of the week you record your experiences and learnings. Remember, your teacher is ultimately your own reality and experiences. It is by discovering what works for you, what brings out the better in you, that you commit to change. You can link your development journey to the use of a leadership coach which will be very beneficial to your development goals. By the end of each week you can send the questions and answers of the week to your coach and thus make it part of your coaching program.

The journal

The journal is a key tool for your development journey. It is your conversation with yourself. There is a lot of wisdom in the saying: How do I know what I think until I hear what I say? Have you ever noticed that when you get something out of your head you often gain insight or clarity? We often get stuck in our thinking until we trigger it by expressing ourselves in language. 

Click here to read about the value of journaling (From The Virtuosa Organisation by Graham Williams, Dorian Haarhoff and Peter Fox)

The forum/blog

The forum facility provides you and others with a platform to ask questions, make suggestions and learn from each other. With our collective thoughts and explorations on living life to the full and growing our leadership, it is a basket of wisdom and inspiration.

I have no doubt that you will find the material engaging and stimulating for your own thoughts and life experiences at work as well as at a personal level.

It is true what James Allen said: You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. 

Develop the leader in you and realise your potential!


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