The content below was prepared for my Leadership and You workshop. If you attended, I hope you enjoyed our time together and that you are excited about learning more. If you did not attend, this information will be equally valuable.
Leadership is essential to any group effort. Whether you are a formal leader or you work informally to change the future, you can improve your ability to lead.
Using the workshop outline below, I have included links for you to explore some of the information we discussed in more detail.
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Workshop Introduction: After extensive research and reaching the conclusion that leadership is the factor that makes or breaks any effort, I began to focus on the often-overlooked aspects of leadership that determine whether leaders can connect with others to change the future.
My book, Connect: Affective Leadership for Effective Results explores the important leadership skills that help leaders connect: Emotional Intelligence, Physical Presence, Trust Building and others. This website, www.LynBoyer.net, contains the bulk of my leadership work in those areas.
My interest in emotional intelligence prompted the collaborative series: How to Be a High EQ Leader. You can also search my blogs and blog categories on the right side of the recent blogs page to find specific categories that interest you. You can also find paid and free downloadable content on My Content page.
WHAT IS LEADERSHIP? Many thousands of words have been written on the topic. Historically, people assumed leadership was a skill you possessed at birth. Some people are natural leaders, of course, but I believe leadership is a skill you can develop. It is a continuum and with appropriate study and coaching you can get closer and closer to the ideal.
Effective leaders generate passion and build upon the existing passions of others. In addition to what leadership IS, you may want to read my blog: 14 Misconceptions About Leaders to see what leadership IS NOT.
My definition: Leadership is harnessing collective passions to create a desired future.
After each topic we discussed in the workshop, I have included Amazon links to additional resources I believe you may find valuable. The books are most often for leaders in formal roles, but the information is valuable for leadership of any kind. You may find used or electronic books for less than stated book prices.
LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES (seven basic competencies based on research of effective leaders and successful organizations)
- Vision--What is your vision for your group or organization? If you are involved in politics, what is your vision for our country? What outcomes do you want to see? If you look into the future five, ten, twenty years or longer, what do you want to occur as a result of your efforts?
Do you have a personal mission statement? What goals are tied to that mission? Are they realistic? Do you filter your decisions and actions through your mission statement? Do you use your mission statement to evaluate your success? Do you work to communicate your vision to other people?
- Collaboration: People are motivated to follow and lead when they are invested in the processes and the outcomes. Therefore, a leader's role is to facilitate and build functioning teams to accomplish common goals. Many books and workshops are available on team building, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, and team decision-making strategies. In the workshop, you received a handout on stages of team development. You can find additional information on collaborative skills in my paid and free content section. In addition, I have included links to these valuable books you may want to read:
- Communication includes all methods at your disposal to share ideas, generate passion and keep a group organized. Communication includes the many different methods to get your point across (public speaking, one-on-one, e-mail, marketing strategies, etc.) Communication also includes your physical presence, what you say and how you say it as well as all the components of emotional intelligence. Surprisingly, communication includes listening just as much as speaking or writing. Your communication enhances or reduces trust, an essential component of leadership.
- Cultivation means all the methods you employ to grow as a leaders and help members of your team grow. It involves learning and feedback. It may be formalized professional development or information discussion around a specific project.
- Values and ethics - Leaders cannot lead if they do not have the trust and respect of those around them. For that reason it is important to consider your values and ethics in every phase of your leadership. What do you value? Do you have a values statement? What are the ethical concerns you face? What do you do to gain the respect and admiration of others? Do you observe a code of ethics? As you work on your personal mission statement, it is important to take a look at the things you value in life.
- Management and Organization includes all the actions you and your team take to accomplish your goals to change the future. In your continued study, you may want to focus on decision-making models and strategies, models for team involvement, time-management, process-management tools, delegation for growth, building a strong and cohesive culture, holding people accountable, holding yourself accountable, being aware of and managing your own emotions and the emotions of others, conducting effective meetings, innovation, and change management. I know. That's a LOT, but effective leadership includes all of those. You will find some information on these topics on my content page and in the content below:
- Evaluation is the seventh and possibly the most easily forgotten component of effective leadership. It means setting high and achievable goals and using specific standards to determine if you have met those goals. It means deciding in the beginning how all your effort will be assessed throughout the process and providing feedback along the way. In addition to looking at process and tangible outcomes, evaluation includes assessment of self and others in a variety of settings.
YOUR PERSONAL LEADERSHIP
In the workshop, you had the opportunity to complete your personal leadership survey. Please go back and review it. What did you learn about your own leadership skills? What are your strengths? How can you build on them and use them most effectively? What are your developmental areas? How can you improve or augment them?
You also had the opportunity to begin your leadership action plan. If you want to join a work group, please contact me on FB and I will be happy to add you to the group. There, you can work together to coordinate action.
The following books provide great general information on leadership. They are very valuable if you have not already read them:
During the workshop, I mentioned the research on Micro-expressions. Here is more info:
Micro-expressions by Patryk Wezowski and Kasia Wezowski. The site includes a fascinating test of your ability to read micro-expressions. Click Take the Free Test to see how well you can read micro-expressions. (Full disclosure: After viewing their TedTalk and exploring their research, I developed a very limited affiliation with this organization. I believe their work is worthwhile and the products I have seen are useful for learning to read micro-expressions.)
My purpose in doing the workshop is not to generate clients. I am quite busy with a variety of projects, but if I can be of assistance, please contact me or click here to learn more about my coaching programs. I would be happy to work with you on a limited basis as you expand your leadership skills.