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1 What will be your Leadership Legacy?
Shirley Kavanagh NAPD Conference 2014

2 What is Leadership? "Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth." Burns 1970. “Leadership is a relationship between those who aspire to lead and those who choose to follow” Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner 1990 “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do things you want done because they want to do it” Dwight D Eisenhower “Leadership is about influence, nothing more nothing less” John Maxwell “If your actions inspire others to learn more, dream more, do more and become more, you are a leader” John Quincy Adams

3 What you say about Leadership
“Leadership is about having a calmness about you, it reassures others that you are in control” “Leadership is about coping with change” “It’s about being a good listener. You might not like all you hear but your staff somebody who will to listen” “It’s about being adaptable, about taking charge and about communicating to staff, students and parents” “It’s about staying calm. Shut the door and in your office let out that roar!” It’s about having an ability to cope with Pressure. Don’t Panic Everyone!

4 Some Assumptions about Leadership
There is no single, “right” leadership style The ability to lead others is underpinned by a thorough and honest understanding of your own strengths and limitations Leadership is a life-long learning journey – what got you here may not get you to the next step in that journey Leadership requires the mobilisation of creativity and innovation, it does not mean that all new ideas must come from the leader Relationship between those who aspire to lead and those who choose to follow Leadership is grounded on the ability to engage and encourage the hearts of others -- to help them to derive a sense of purpose in and from their work Today relies more upon the ability to connect, than upon the exercise of command and control Leaders must be clear about the imprint they wish to leave on their organisations and then frame their action and behaviours with that legacy in mind

5 And some key assumptions about behaviour
Leadership is a fishbowl Performance is contractual -- Effort Is personal Intent is not action Relationships Matter, Sometimes you have to go slow to go fast People have to trust the messenger before they will trust the message Data may guide the head and the hands but stories move the heart Everything’s a theory until you try it

6 The Principals Dilemma - Leadership and Management
Coping with complexity Coping with Change Both necessary for success and must be balanced Management Leadership

7 Knowing what you don’t know
What is a good Leader? Build Trust Forward Looking Integrity Knowing what you don’t know Engage People Being able to Inspire Resilient Courage

8 Some thoughts from Leaders

9 So what can we say now about Leadership
Communicate Effectively Authentic Self Aware “Emotionally Intelligent” Resilient Influencing Recognise and develop their people Role model desired behaviours Inspire and Engage People Improve and change things and look for a better way Leave a Footprint


11 Earning the Right to Lead
A critical factor impacting peoples’ decision to follow is your authenticity as a leader: It is the alignment of your actions and objectives with your beliefs and values It is the ability to be resilient and take the roles very seriously – but not oneself It is the willingness – as much as the ability- to help others to use their talent and capability to succeed It is the willingness to lead with and from the heart

12 The Foundations of Authenticity
Authentic Leaders Display a consistency between their words and their deeds They practice what they preach Demonstrate coherence in their performance of the different roles and duties and what’s expected of them Are comfortable with their styles and the actions they take They display confidence and optimism even when facing new and difficult situations or issues Are eager to learn about themselves and able to use that learning to enhance effectiveness They are reflective about their actions and proactive in seeking out feedback.

13 Questions to ask “The Person in The Mirror”
Personal values and motivational drivers What really matters to me? What gives me a true sense of purpose in my work as a leader? Leadership focus and priorities Do my commitments match my values? Does how I spend my time and energy reflect my priorities? Balance and perspective Can I look at situations from multiple viewpoints, including those quite different from my own? Am I open to challenge? Can I effectively challenge and influence the thinking of others? Resilience and self-confidence Can I accept who I am in order to use my strengths to best advantage? Am I willing to acknowledge and to address my weaknesses in order to drive my continuous personal growth? Genuine humility Do I always remember to not take myself too seriously, but to take the job very seriously? Do I truly value the contribution of others and treat them with genuine respect?

14 What is a Leadership Legacy?
….to one another ….to problems & opportunities ….to successes & set backs ….to change & the unknown ….to the next new thing How your colleagues, your staff, your partners Think, Feel and Behave As a result of the time they spent working with you It is the model you create and ‘live’ for how people should React Relate Respond Your legacy is not about image it is about effect It is about you becoming a role model for others

15 Let’s try it! - Your Legacy Statement
Before you start to think about your legacy statement, a few hints and tips: Not as easy as it looks! Focus on behaviours! This is an aspirational statement Be challenging and Stretching Be as clear and specific as you can but don’t seek perfection! Don’t worry if this seems difficult – IT IS! But it is really worth the effort. Focus on behaviours that you would most like to role model and have your people live, even after you have moved on. This is an aspirational statement – don’t worry about sounding too idealistic (it is neither a To Do list or scorecard for judging your performance Be challenging and Stretching Be as clear and specific as you can but don’t seek perfection!

16 One Final Thought! “One Child, one teacher, one pen and one book can
change the world”

17 Some Tips and Tools

18 Why should anyone be led by you?
What drives you to want to be a Leader? What special capabilities do you offer? How do those capabilities provide value to the people with whom you work? How do those capabilities add value to your school?

19 Learning Lessons Conducting an After Action Review
Requirements Four Questions, One flip chart, People Involved and someone to facilitate What was supposed to happen? What actually happened? Why was there a difference? What have we learned?

20 Guidelines for difficult conversations or feedback
Some Do’s Be certain that you know what you really want out of the conversation Consider how you will manage your own emotions -- before you begin the exchange Identify the parts of the discussion that are safe to talk about and will not produce ‘fight or flight’ Be specific Give immediate and direct feedback Accept responsibility for your perception and emotion – use ‘I’ statements Check to make sure you are understood Give the recipient time to react/reflect Play the ball not the player – it’s about behaviour and actions not personality Some Don'ts Don’t evaluate or judge - describe Don’t end without drawing out the implications and action plans. Don’t feel obliges to fill up silences. Don’t exhibit behaviours that may be perceived as boredom!

21 The Difficult Conversations
Don’t avoid the Elephant in the room! Apply the 5 / 5 / 5 Test What do you think will be remembered in 5 minutes? How will the conversation be remembered in 5 hours? How will your message be remembered in 5 days?

22 Organising and Chairing a Super Productive Meeting
Prepare and Circulate an agenda in advance – let people know the objective of the meeting . Keep things moving rapidly along. Cover each point on the agenda in order and in the alotted time Involve each of the participants, ask for input. Bring things to a clear conclusion and get the necessary decisions Only organise a meeting when it is necessary to do so. Assign responsibility for topic discussions in the agenda Start and end the meeting meeting on time If a problem cannot be resolved, appoint someone to conduct further investigations and put it on agenda for the next meeting. Don’t be afraid to ask for written reports instead of calling meetings Appoint someone to create action points with target dates and circulate these quickly following the meeting. Make sure you follow up progress. Always end on a positive stimulating note.

23 Effective Presentations
Clarify the message you want to get across Consider your audience Practise and rehearse Assert Yourself Posture Presence – Don’t apologise! Make contact with your audience Use your voice – Volume, Pace, Pitch Breathe – make a conscious effort to pause and establish comfortable breathing patterns Drink – warm water, don’t gulp ice cold water this will constrict your voice Finally, a note about humour – only use it if you know it will work!

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