Prior to Module 1: The Leadership Circle Profile™360°
Provides a detailed picture of an individual’s strength and weaknesses, and serves as the foundation for a development plan
Prior to Module 3: FourSight
Measures preferences on the four steps of the Creative Problem Solving Process (CPS)
Module 1: Relationship Focus Pt. 1
Self-Awareness and Self-Management
Our relationship competency quotient is the extent to which we are able to build successful relationships, operate with honesty and integrity, and create an environment that allows the people around us to do their best work every day.
The first half of the relationship equation, self-awareness and self-management, refers to our ability to know ourselves, to be aware of our strengths and weaknesses (including our triggers and the places we tend to get hooked), and to operate with a sense of purpose.
The 7 Keys to Self-Awareness and Self-Management
- Get to know your “why”. Understand your purpose. Lead from there.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses. Play to your strong suits.
- Cultivate composure. Know your triggers and develop techniques for getting yourself off the hook when your buttons get pushed.
- Stay open, flexible and willing to learn. Invite feedback and practice continual self-improvement.
- Get to know your filters. We all have them. No two people see the world exactly the same way.
- Practice integrity. Walk your talk. Model accountability.
- Build confidence and resilience. Get comfortable in your own skin. Work on letting go of the need for approval. To the greatest extent possible, shed the disempowering beliefs that derail your success.
Module 2: Relationship Focus Pt. 2 (Engagement)
Awareness and Management of Others
The second half of the relationship equation is the extent to which we are aware of what’s happening with those around us and able to respond in ways that move our relationships forward.
The 9 Keys to Awareness and Management of Others
- Listen Deeply. People want to be seen. Look at the world through someone else’s eyes. Learn to understand the belief systems that drive their behavior.
- Get your people on board. Create a sense of ownership, enthusiasm and engagement. Clearly communicate your mission, vision and values.
- Cultivate courage. Be willing to have the difficult conversations.
- Give constructive feedback. Commit to viewing others as naturally creative, resourceful people who want to learn and grow
- Share success. Leave your ego at the door. Acknowledge the efforts of those who contribute to the enterprise.
- Avoid making assumptions. Ask questions. Inquire. You never know what you might discover when you come from a place of curiosity.
- Embrace diversity. No one can do it all. No one does it just like you. Appreciate the differences. Ask for help.
- Learn the art of conflict resolution. Even under the best of circumstances, people clash. Develop tools to deal with conflicts as they arise and where possible, use conflict as a growth opportunity.
- Coach, mentor and develop those around you. It is human nature to want to learn and grow. Foster that even if it means you grown them up and out.
Module 3: Focus on Results (Effectiveness)
Every enterprise (for profit, not-for-profit or governmental) exists to achieve a set of goals. Whether you’re selling products, providing services, running a country or engaging in charitable activities, keeping your eyes on the prize is a critical component of successful leadership.
The 4 Keys to Focus on Results
- Outcomes orientation. Identify the desired outcomes and keep them in view. A brilliant idea is nothing more than a pipe dream without implementation.
- Strategic thinking. Begin with the end in mind. Identify goals and create the maps that move things from current state to desired state. Recognize that plans must remain fluid to accommodate a shifting landscape.
- Systems thinking. Organizations are systems comprised of a set of smaller interacting systems. Effective leaders pay attention to the ways in which various systems (both inside and outside their sphere of influence) impact each other.
- Commitment to sustainability. Short-sightedness has been the demise of many an organization as maximal gain in the short term depletes the resources necessary to create a sustainable future. Learn to take the long-view.
Module Four: Entrepreneurial Mindset (Dynamism)
The best entrepreneurs are masters of paradox; they focus on core competencies and they are on the front lines of innovation; they are willing to take risks today and they are thoughtful about the future; they know how to delegate and they can get it done.
The 7 Keys to an Entrepreneurial Mindset
- Take ownership. Be creative. Avoid victimhood and the blame game.
- Celebrate failure. Invite experimentation and innovation. Use every failure (and success) as a learning opportunity. Create an environment where ideas flourish. Who knows, one of them might be the next post-it note.
- Master Creativity. Creativity is an emerging field of study. Learn to leverage the creative potential in everyone.
- Set expectations and create accountabilities. For yourself and others.
- Manage resources. Set priorities; organize time, energy, money and other resources.
- Focus on core competencies. Know what you do well and focus on that. Don’t be distracted by the next bright, shiny idea, and don’t try to keep up with the Joneses (unless it’s the right thing to do).
- Innovate. The world is always changing and successful organizations lead the way. While this may seem contradictory to No. 6, the capacity to simultaneously focus on core competencies and stay ahead of the innovation curve can lead to stunning results.
- Be a change agent. Learn to navigate the underlying assumptions and beliefs that hold people back from embracing that which is new and different.