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1 The Path To Leadership Presented by Rob Claudio, Deputy Division Chief Southern Workforce Services Division Orange County Region

2 Navigating The Road Lead from where you stand Dont wait for a title to empower you to lead Find the passion in what you do Make good choices and when you make mistakes, make sure you learn the lesson Give every assignment your absolute best effort on a daily basis & dont assume that you are better than the assignment Set personal and professional goals to illuminate the road Find a mentor and be a mentor (build leadership muscle) Develop your support structure and let people know you aspire to lead Seek to achieve beyond expectations Leaders develop daily, not in a day

3 Self Awareness -The ability to recognize and understand your moods, emotions and drives, as well as, their effect on others. Self Regulation -The ability to control or redirect disruptive impulses or moods. The propensity to suspend judgment and think before acting. Motivation -A passion for reasons that go beyond money or status. A propensity to pursue goals with energy and persistence. 5 Components Of Emotional Intelligence At Work

4 Empathy -The ability to understand the emotional makeup of other people. Skill in treating people according to their emotional reactions. Social Skill -Proficiency in managing relationships and building networks. An ability to find common ground and build rapport. 5 Components Of Emotional Intelligence At Work (Contd.) Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results - George S. Patton

5 Goal Setting Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where to concentrate your efforts. You'll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.

6 Assess where you are and where you want to be in measurable terms and set goals -Focus on the most important goals- Start with your top three -Note whether it is short term (within one year), medium term (one-two years) or long term (longer than two years) SMART Goals A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants (some of which are included in parenthesis), SMART usually stands for: S - Specific (or significant) M - Measurable (or meaningful) A - Attainable (or action-oriented) R - Relevant (or rewarding) T - Time-bound (or trackable) Establishing Career Goals

7 Achieving Goals When you've achieved a goal, take the time to enjoy the satisfaction of having done so. Absorb the implications of the goal achievement and observe the progress that you've made towards other goals. If the goal was a significant one, reward yourself appropriately. All of this helps you build the self-confidence you deserve. With the experience of having achieved this goal, review the rest of your goal plans: If you achieved the goal too easily, make your next goal harder If the goal took a dispiriting length of time to achieve, make the next goal a little easier If you learned something that would lead you to change other goals, do so If you noticed a deficit in your skills despite achieving the goal, decide whether to set goals to fix this

8 Everyone Has A Role In Leadership Manager Supervisor Administrator Visionary Communicator Capacity Builder Team Builder Subject Matter Expert Completed Staff Work Oversight Facilitator Communicator Plan Implement Monitor Correct Act Teach Communicate Gatekeeper Leader Support Staff DOER

9 Participant Exercise: Establishing A High Value Trademark What word or trait comes to mind when you think of yourself as a leader? What word or trait would others use to describe you as a leader/team member? What leadership characteristics do you admire in others & what steps can you take to incorporate some of these attributes to your daily routine? Your trademark matters because….

10 General Colin Powells Leadership Perspective Effective leaders understand the KISS principle; Keep It Simple Sweetie They articulate vivid, over-arching goals and values, which they use to drive daily behaviors and choices among competing alternatives Their visions and priorities are lean and compelling, not cluttered and buzzword-laden Their decisions are crisp and clear, not tentative and ambiguous They convey an unwavering firmness and consistency in their actions, aligned with the picture of the future they paint The result: clarity of purpose, credibility of leadership and integrity in organization "Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand."

11 By Jack Welch Control your destiny or someone else will. Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it were. Be candid with everyone. Dont manage, lead. Change before you have to. If you dont have a competitive advantage, dont compete. 6 Rules For Successful Leadership

12 Leadership Characteristics A leader needs to excel in… listening, observing & serving…their followers. What Leaders Do: Challenge the process Inspire a shared vision Enable others to act Model the way Encourage the heart

13 You have 5-10 minutes to brainstorm with your neighbor (s) about ways you can exercise your leadership skills How Can You Exercise Your Leadership Skills?

14 Exercising Your Leadership Skills IAWP - Become an active member, sit in the front of class and stop sitting at the back of the class by the door Work Opportunities – Although you may lack a title, you can take the initiative to help lead and be part of a team Associations - They all have a leadership structure, committees & boards Faith Based Organizations – Help chair an event, organize a drive and utilize & develop your skills…Also, giving back and giving of your time brings great fulfillment Look for opportunities that require: Coordination, Communication Skills (Verbal & Written), Team Environment, Analyzing, Critical Thinking, Planning, Training, Presenting and Increased Responsibility

15 ¡Make Leadership Fun! By Geneva Robinson Celebrate team accomplishments Take an interest in the interests of others Share a fun personal fact about yourself that makes you more approachable Participate in team events Share the laughter Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard Create an informal atmosphere

16 Other Elements Of Good Leaders Leaders relate well with others, they excel in equipping others, they have extraordinary attitudes, and are capable of putting together teams while providing great leadership What makes a leader great is what they do, they have the courage to act on their beliefs and that means they take risks at times They make courageous decisions especially during difficult times They realize that every choice they make, makes them who they are Let the choices in your life make you proud of who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow -Rob Claudio

17 Final Thoughts & Questions?

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