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1 Leadership: What type of leader are you? safety Leadership: What type of leader are you? safety American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) National Capital Chapter January 24, 2013 Joy Erdman, MS, CSP, CIH W:

2 What type of leader are you? Purpose: Reflect on your leadership strengths and areas needing improvement. What type of leader are you? Purpose: Reflect on your leadership strengths and areas needing improvement. Introduction – Transitioning from Manager to Leader Qualities of a Leader Toxic Leadership Leading Change Managing Failure Building Trust Integrating Contradictions Transforming Yourself Key to Safety Leadership in the 21 st Century

3 What type of leader are you? For those of you who think this topic is too soft, here are the technical websites Joy Erdman leads on What type of leader are you? For those of you who think this topic is too soft, here are the technical websites Joy Erdman leads on Acquisition safety Safety policies Safety and occupational health success stories Electrical safety ges/acquisition/acquisition.aspx ges/acquisition/acquisition.aspx ges/instructions/OPNAV_Policy.aspx ges/instructions/OPNAV_Policy.aspx ges/osh/Success_Stories/safety_success _stories_home.aspx ges/osh/Success_Stories/safety_success _stories_home.aspx

4 Leadership: What type of leader are you? Leadership: What type of leader are you? Transitioning from a Manager to a Leader 1.1st Step: Instead of viewing people as the problem View people as the solution 2.2nd Step: Give up primary focus on technical Focus on problem solving 3.3rd Step: Instead of thinking short term Think long term ….Strategic Think teamwork

5 Comparing Leaders and Managers: Select the Leader: Originator…….. …………. or …….. Copier Accepts the status quo..…or……... Challenges the status quo Thinks people…………….. or…..…. Think things Asks how and when…….. or …..… Asks what and why Watches the bottom line…or …..… Watches the horizon Thinks short term………… or……... Thinks long term Does things right …………or……… Does the right things See also DK Leadership: Leading and Managing (p. 7)

6 What type of Leader are you? Qualities of Leaders What type of Leader are you? Qualities of Leaders 1. Character: Be a piece of the rock 2. Charisma: The 1 st impresson can seal the deal 3. Commitment : It separates doers from dreamers 4. Communication: Without it, you travel alone 5. Competence: If you build it, they will come 6. Courage: One person with courage is a majority 7. Discernment: Put an end to unsolved problems 8. Focus: The sharper it is, the sharper you are 9. Generosity: Your candle loses nothing when it lights another 10. Initiative: You wont leave home without it 11. Listening: To connect with their hearts, use your ears Ref: Maxwell, John C., The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow 12. Passion: Take this life and love it 13. Positive Attitude: If you believe you can, you can 14. Problem Solving: You cant let your problems be a problem 15. Relationships: If you get along, theyll go along 16. Responsibility: If you wont carry the ball, you cant lead the team 17. Security: Competence never compensates for insecurity 18. Self-Discipline: The first person to lead is you 19. Servanthood: To get ahead, put others first 20. Teachability: To keep leading, keep learning 21. Vision: You can seize only what you see

7 What type of leader are you? Toxic Leaders*: We should ask What type of leader are you? Toxic Leaders*: We should ask Do we create toxic leaders? Do we tolerate them? What should we do about them? How many toxic leaders are in your organization? * Toxic Leaders, Bullies, Creeps, Jerks, Tyrants, Tormentors, Despots, Backstabbers, Egomaniacs, Assholes Ref: George Reed, Toxic Leadership,

8 Results and leader behavior Poor Results Good Results Positive Leader Behaviors Negative Leader Behaviors

9 Toxic Leaders: Solutions/Antidotes Name the problem (toxic leadership) and talk about it openly. Develop and select with an eye to leadership style, not simply short term effectiveness. Implement the no asshole rule. Hold supervisors responsible for the style of their subordinates. Implement climate assessments. Look for the weak signals. Evaluate the long term health of the organization as well as accomplishment of the short term goals. Implement 360 degree or multi-faceted evaluations for development, and eventually as a data point for promotion, selection, and assignment. Have the hard discussions. Ref: George Reed,

10 What type of leader are you? Toxic Leaders - Is there a cost that must be paid for leaders with a destructive leadership style? What type of leader are you? Toxic Leaders - Is there a cost that must be paid for leaders with a destructive leadership style? Enforcing the No Asshole* Rule: 1.Say the rule, write it down 2.Assholes will hire other assholes 3.Get rid of assholes fast 4.Treat certified assholes as incompetent employees 5.Power breeds nastiness 6.Embrace the power-performance paradox 7.Manage moments – not just practices, policies, and systems 8.Model and teach constructive confrontation 9.Adopt the one asshole rule 10.bottom line: Link big policies to small decencies * Ref: Sutton, PhD, Robert, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isnt

11 What type of leader are you? How do you handle change?

12 How do you handle change? Change is a constant How do you handle change? Change is a constant Faster pace Multiple and cross-cutting Increasingly threat driven Unreliable infrastructure Change is a permanent process Inner attitudes and values now important (unlike past) Occurs as surprises Usually novel Messy can of worms Costly, impossible to ignore Cant solve with policy Going to continue indefinitely

13 How do you handle change? Change is a constant How do you handle change? Change is a constant Good News: Youre Not Alone Bad News: Its screwed up everywhere! Ability to let go of control Ability to exercise greater patience Leaders rock the boat… not afraid to change… not afraid to risk failure

14 How do you handle change? Transforming your organization How do you handle change? Transforming your organization 1.Establish a sense of urgency 2.Form a powerful coalition 3.Create a vision 4.Communicate the vision 5.Empower others to act on the vision 6.Plan for and create short-term wins 7.Consolidate improvements and produce still more change 8.Institutionalize new approaches Refs: John P. Kotter, Leading Change Harvard Business Review on Change

15 What type of leader are you? What type of leader are you? Your ability to create and sell a vision Your ability to create and manage through teams Your ability to fail successfully Your ability to build trust See also DK Leadership: Vision (p. 12, 40, 54, 64) Teams (p. 48)

16 What type of leader are you? Failure: Most Common Causes of Failure What type of leader are you? Failure: Most Common Causes of Failure Poor interpersonal skills Wrong Fit (environment, value system, co-workers) Lack of commitment Bad luck Self destructive behavior Too scattered to focus Sexism, ageism, racism Over or under delegation Hanging on Doesnt get help from others Manage subordinates poorly Takes on very low risks Doesnt work through issues Ref: Carole Hyatt and Linda Gottlieb, When Smart People Fail

17 What type of leader are you? Failure: Your ability to fail successfully Leaders take risks and are willing to fail. 1.Prevent big failures by getting feedback: Use scorecard (rate A – F) 2.When fail, reflect and learn: Exercise: When did I try and fail? What did I learn?

18 What type of leader are you? OPM releases executive onboarding guide Oct 17, 2011 According to the guide, since the beginning of 2006, about 16 percent of Senior Executive Service members failed to complete their initial 1-year probationary period successfully, for reasons that included termination for performance, performance significantly below expectations, or voluntary resignation from the new position. The most common causes for that failure, the report says, include a lack of political savvy, failure to establish a cultural fit, uncertainty about performance expectations, failure to build teamwork, and a lack of a formal assimilation process for new executives. Ref:s: guide.aspx?s=FD_181011http://federaldaily.com/articles/2011/10/17/opm-releases-executive-onboarding- guide.aspx?s=FD_ OPM Hit the Ground Running: Establishing A Model Executive Onboarding Program (28 pp) ablishing_a_Model_Executive_Onboarding_Framework_2011.pdf

19 Your ability to build trust 1. Discovering yourself 2. Appreciating constituents 3. Affirming shared values 4. Developing capacity 5. Serving a purpose 6. Sustaining hope Ref: James Kouzes and Barry Posner, Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It. 1.Reflect - When you made a difference. Why does org need me tomorrow? Stop doing things & sort out the important. 2. Create organization that nurtures the best (ability to contribute best & be valued) 3. Emphasize what agree on 4. Stop talking/deciding 5. Market others. Ask Questions 6. High hope = high performance Set goals & Dispute neg. beliefs

20 Your ability to build trust DWYSYWD is Welsh for Do What You Say You Will Do Ref: James Kouzes and Barry Posner, Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It.

21 Leadership Courses Leadership Courses ASSE Leadership Symposia ASSE Safety Body of Knowledge USDA Graduate School Harvard JFK School of Govt OPM Leadership Courses Center for Creative Leadership (Greensboro NC) Basic Leadership Development & Leadership at the Peak Programs - rated #1 in Wall St. Journal Uses tests, video, 2-way mirrors, class opinion, instructor opinion….look for behavior and results Most frequent advice given to attendees : ______________ Toastmasters International

22 What type of leader are you? Integrating Contradictions What type of leader are you? Integrating Contradictions Become more focused on self Become more focused on others ========== Produce actions that are logical Produce actions that are emotional ========== Look at the short term Look at the long term Reflections: 1.What has helped me to increase my ability to focus on the contradictions above? 2.What action did I take that was both logical and emotional? 3.What other contradictions do I face as a leader?

23 What type of Leader are you? Transforming yourself What type of Leader are you? Transforming yourself 1. Winning too much 2. Adding too much value 3. Passing judgment 4. Making destructive comments 5. Starting with No, But, or However 6. Telling the world how smart we are 7. Speaking when angry 8. Negativity, or Let me explain why that wont work 9. Withholding information 10. Failing to give proper recognition Ref: Goldsmith, What Got You Here Wont Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful 11. Claiming credit that we dont deserve 12. Making excuses 13. Clinging to the past 14. Playing favorites 15. Refusing to express regret 16. Not listening 17. Failing to express gratitude 18. Punishing the messenger 19. Passing the buck 20. An excessive need to be me See also DK Leadership, Leadership Transitions, p.63

24 What type of leader are you? What type of leader are you? 21st Century Leader Path Finding: Will keep ahead by exploring uncharted territory & serving as advanced scout; will do this through a disciplined monitoring of external conditions. Aligning: Will be expert at quickly and effectively bringing together people and resources needed to address issues of critical importance; will do this through alliances with diverse industries, organizations, community groups and professions. Empowering: Will maintain an environment within which key constituencies and staff have access to information and technical assistance necessary to advance their success; will do this through effective use of internet technology along with traditional methods of communication which have proven themselves to be effective. Ref: Ed Barlow,

25 What type of leader are you? More on alignment What type of leader are you? More on alignment The key to success in the 21st century is alignment. Staying in alignment with a world that I guarantee will be characterized by complexity, diversity, and pace of change. Ref. Ed Barlow,

26 What type of leader are you? What type of leader are you? Select 5 areas you want to learn more about to improve your leadership capabilities: 1. __________________________ 2. __________________________ 3. __________________________ 4. __________________________ 5. __________________________

27 What type of leader are you? Did you pick up a few new ideas to: Improve your leadership skills? Advance your career ? Help the safety profession.? Did you win a free leadership book? Did you meet someone new? Did you enjoy yourself?

28 Leadership: What type of leader are you? safety Leadership: What type of leader are you? safety American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) National Capital Chapter January 24, 2013 Joy Erdman, MS, CSP, CIH W:


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