What you will get from “The Power of 10”
What you will get from The Power of 10
My sincerest hope is that when you come on the “Power of 10” workshop, you will leave hugely enriched, encouraged and equipped in your on-going task of leadership. I see the “takeaways” initially in three broad categories:
- Philosophy – here I trust you will get answers to questions such as: Why do I want to lead? What does it actually mean to lead as opposed to manage? What kind of leader am I and what kind of leader do I want to remembered as? What impact do I want to make as a leader?
- Psychology – What is my understanding of why people might choose to follow me? How do I understand factor such as engagement and motivation? How can I inspire and influence another person? What is it about my personality that fits me for leadership? What about myself will need to change?
- Practice – we need to understand of course that leadership is not just about being a leader, but also doing what successful leaders do. What leadership activities are currently working for me as a leader and what changes might I need to make? What should I be doing more (or less) of? What should I stop doing? What tangible action objectives can I design to move my leadership practice forward?
“The Leadership Journey”
We refer to “the leadership journey” on the programme, because that’s what it is – a journey, a long journey, and none of us has reached the final destination, no matter how long this journey has been happening. And when on a journey there are a var iety of questions we need to pose ourselves, such as:
- What kind of leader do I plan to become and how does this fit with who I am?
- What choices will I need to make and what values will I stand for? What strengths will I make maximum use of?
- What is the biggest stretch or challenge in my plan to be a better leader? What are the obstacles to growth that I foresee and how will I overcome them?
- What results will I want to see in my leadership life one year from now?
- What steps can I take immediately?
Of course there are many other questions you will want to be asking yourself along this journey. And what we are doing by presenting the “Power of 10” workshop is offering to intervene for a moment on your journey, to ask you to stop for a while, step back and think with us for a day or two about the answers you are considering to the questions above, and many others. So we say to you: “Stop for a moment, join us for 2 days of in-depth discussion and observation, and see if some of those answers don’t become more obvious, and even if more questions might arise that need answers.”
And how do we intend to help you?
Well that’s where the “Power of 10” comes in. The 10 refers to ten principles that are based on 10 weaknesses or flaws or obstacles to successful leadership that I have observed over my many years of observing organisational life in scores of companies and societies in many countries. These weaknesses and shortcomings can individually be hugely destructive and if more than one occurs in the life of a single leader, the effect may be terminal, even if the leader him/herself is not aware of it. And these shortcoming are individual, personal shortcomings, they are not defective management skill sets or tactical weaknesses – they are essentially “problems of the heart”!
So what are they:
Not your usual list of leadership failures? I am sure you have your own list. But this is MY list and it comes after many years of observing, reading and researching and I want you to stick with me. The way I am going to tackle these is to suggest a series of principles and practices that can help us to move beyond these obstacles, for example:
- More accountability, less blame
- More substance, less style
- More resilience, less retreat
- More vision, less expediency
Questions you might want to be asking yourself
- Is my past experience (especially the not-too-good experiences) holding me back from doing my best right now? Is my past a prison or a place of learning? Am I held back by regrets about what has gone wrong? Or am I hindered by bitterness I harbour for folk I believe have wronged me? Is there anything in the past that I need to draw a line over so I can move ahead with confidence?
- Am I blaming someone or something else for what is just not working as I would like it to? How can I stop the “blame-game” and take more personal responsibility? And how do I get everyone to become more responsible and accountable?
- Am I an authentic leader, or is my leadership more about image than integrity, more about charisma than character? Am I leading from what I know to be true and right, from the heart, or am I being influenced by less-than-useful external influences?
- Am I emotionally resilient amidst the pressure and stress of my daily leadership life, or am I in retreat, avoiding or even running away from what I should be doing?
- How is my personal style of leadership impacting the people who work for me? Am I being either too authoritative and coercive, or am I just letting things slide and not giving clear guidance? Am I compassionate and empathic enough during challenging times? Can people approach me without trepidation?
- Are there decisions I should be taking that I am postponing unnecessarily? Am I operating form fear of failure or from confidence in success? Am I prepared to be courageous in my thinking, planning and deciding or am I just “going with the flow”?
- Do I live a balanced, integrated life or is work taking over everything else? Are you experiencing burn-out or have you found a way to enjoy fulfilment in all parts of your life (personal, domestic, social and business)?
- If trust is the very foundation of any relationship or groupings of relationships (as in a company), what is the level of trust you are experiencing at the moment? Do you really trust your people – or are there moments of suspicion that are holding back on full commitment?
- Do you have a clear and compelling vision for your own life and for the life of your team or business? Or are you just going on from day-to-day, hoping for the best? Are you able to inspire and challenge your people with an exciting picture of what success looks and feels like?
These are the kinds of questions we will be asking and, hopefully, answering at our workshop. And we will be putting the emphasis on PRACTICAL change – on real solutions, but we will emphasising, as we did on the Personal Leadership Programme, that BEING comes before DOING and GETTING. So please sign up as soon as you see the invitations, which will reach you once we have gotten past all this awful isolation. Keep safe!
Written by Rob Gee | Senior Partner of The Living Leader | Power of 10