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1 IACC VISTA December webinar Leadership & YouIACC VISTADecember webinarDeveloped by Monique Ellefson, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, Iowa Campus Compact, Des Moines, IANov 2013See also related handouts.Don’t forget to call into the conference line: , pass code: #
2 Conference Call Etiquette Please remember to have your phone on mute unless you are going to speak.To mute/unmute: press *6Do not put conference call on hold. Simply hang up and then call into the conference call again.Use the message box to interact with the facilitator and other participants. You can also “raise your hand” if you have a pressing question for the faciliatator.
4 What is leadership? How do you define leadership? “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” - John C. Maxwell “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” – Douglas MacArthur
5 Transformational Leadership Leadership gives you an opportunity to transform others, not simply change them.What is the distinction between change and transformation?ChangeFluid - can go back & forthLocalized - can occur suddenlyPartial - generally affects one aspectTransformation“one-way street”Total - Takes time & perseveranceHolistic - Overall change, affects multiple aspects
6 Transformational Leadership How can YOU be a transformational leader?5 practices:Inspiring a shared vision.Envision an exciting and believable future for the group.Enabling others to act.Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goalsChallenging the process.Search out challenging opportunities to change, grow, innovate, and improve services, processes, or programs.Modeling the way.Set the example by behaving in ways that are consistent with your shared values and vision. Don’t give the answers, ask the right questions.Encouraging the heart.Recognize individual contributions to the success of every project
7 Activity – Transformational Leadership On your own, write down a list (5-7) of activities that you generally like to do as a leader.Determine which of the 5 practices of transformational leadership those fit into.Which practice are you most drawn to? Which do you do not have any examples of?How can you transform your leadership style to encompass the five practices?
8 Leadership RolesAs a leader, you can have various roles that you will take on.AmbassadorFacilitator/EducatorMentorLiaisonResource GeneratorRecruiter
9 AmbassadorAct as a representative or messenger for certain institutions or interestsPromote what your members, co-workers, etc. are doing. Get the conversation going!
10 Facilitator/Educator Facilitators foster and maintain mutually respectful, safe, and meaningful learning environments.Educators are responsible for imparting knowledge, skills, and attitudes to group members. This transfer of knowledge, skills, and attitudes occurs both formally and informally in serving as a teacher, instructor, and/or role model.Remember: be attached to the process, but detached to the outcome.
11 Mentor Trusted counselor, guide, tutor, or coach As a leader, you have a role in influencing and guiding members toward achieving their goalsOffers guidance more than directionGoal is to foster purposeful relationships between yourself and your group member
12 Liaison Connects two or more individuals/groups. Must be constantly aware of the relationships between key players (self, members, supervisors, other parties involved) and identify needs of these playersUltimate goal is to bring people together and ensure relationships between team members are on track
13 Resource GeneratorResource generators identify and build relationships that lead to the acquisition of needed resources.i.e. money, materials, supplies, people, knowledge, information, partnerships, and alliancesRequires you to actively identify, link, educate, and connect your group members and others with those who have resources you needLeader must mentor the group member as they develop resource generation skills as well as helping obtain resources for them
14 RecruiterPersuade others to unite their abilities and expertise to achieve common goalsResponsible for selling the posting and finding the right person for itWe want you!Combines skills of a salesman, matchmaker, manager, public relations specialist, and the artistImportant to remember not only to recruit new group members, but also to retain your current members
15 Activity – Leadership Roles For each leadership role, write down a time that you acted in that specific role.Which role(s) did you find the easiest?What were some challenges you faced in other roles?How can you improve upon any roles that are challenging or that you have not done yet?Are there any additional leadership roles that you can think of outside of these examples?i.e. counselor, confidant, supporter
16 Leadership Approaches No matter which leadership role you are in, you want to ensure that your members are being as successful as they can be.In order to have high achieving members, you will need to determine which leadership approach is the most appropriate.CoachingMentoringCounseling
17 Coaching Inspire & motivate Superior, WOW! behavior Work to evoke excellence in othersHelp members move to next levelChallenge them to move beyond the task at handRAISE THE BAR
18 Mentoring Instruct & model Mediocre, So-So behavior Walk alongside themProvide hands-on helpLead by example, be a role model
19 Counseling Confrontation & correction Poor, Oh No! behavior Confront the behavior and help person to correct itNot about criticism, should be used as a positive approach to negative events.Criticism = negative approach to negative eventFocus on specific behaviors and work together toward a common goalMutual journey – leader must show that they care about the group member“your success is my success, your failure is my failure”Follow up and provide feedback
20 Counseling - Providing Feedback Feedback = tool to help peopleSandwich approach (positive, negative, positive) is NOT effectiveFeedback formula:Comment on observable behavior - data“when you….”Indicate what the impact of the stated behavior was“the impact was…”Provide example of a preferred behavior“I would prefer if you would…”
21 Counseling - Providing Feedback Always ask for permission before providing feedbackInvite them for a conversationAsk when they are availableBe genuine and transparent in your intentionsRemember to focus on the behavior and not the person.If you focus on the person, you will cause them to become defensive and then they will not be responsive to your feedback or guidance.
22 Activity – Leadership Approaches Focus on a specific individual that you are leading right now (or have led in the past).Assess what kinds of behavior that individual was exhibiting.Looking back to the three leadership approaches, which approach is needed for this individual?Compare this to how you have been interacting with them up until this point.Do you need to change your leadership approach? How can you do this?
23 Leadership & YouLeadership is a great responsibility and opportunity to empower others. However, we must also remember to empower ourselves.Empower yourselfIdentify your leading styles and tendenciesEnhance your knowledge and skills in different leading stylesDevelop traits of an effective empowering leaderOnce you become more self-aware, you will be better able to relate to others and lead them
24 Self-Awareness Assess what your strengths are. Remember… When you do something, do you feel effective?Before you do it, do you look forward to it?While you do it, do you feel inquisitive and focused?After you’ve finished, do you feel fulfilled?Remember…Strengths = skills, knowledge, talentWeakness is NOT something you can’t do, but something that drains you of energyLeadership assessment resourcesBooks: Strengths Based Leadership, Authentic Happiness, Quiet LeadershipYou can also find various strength assessment tools online
25 Emotional Intelligence Self awareness is the first step to emotional intelligence.Capacity to recognize your feelings and the feelings of others, to motivate ourselves, and to manage emotions well in ourselves and our relationships.Self AwarenessSelf RegulationMotivationEmpathySocial Skills
26 Emotional Intelligence 5 ways to increase your EIObserveWhat body language are you seeing?What is your environment indicating to you?ListenListen to what is being said as well as the tone of voiceSense & IntuitIs your inner voice telling you something? Listen to your gut.Ask Pertinent QuestionsVerify what you are seeing, hearing, or sensingBecome Self-AwareAnalyze the clues based on your experiences, biases, assumptions, knowledge, etc.Assess your personality and ask others for feedbackUse tools such as Myer’s Briggs or the Enneagram to discover more about how you act and why you do so
27 EI StrategiesGet to know yourself under stress. Become astutely self-aware.Learn to suspend judgments and assumptions.Focus more on your own reactions/responses than on those of others.Determine how you will manage or regulate your emotional responses. Be specific.Determine your level of motivation in greeting challenges and ensuring your growth as a person and a professional.Don’t try to develop your social skills or ability to be empathic until you have undertaken the development of the three personal skills involved in increasing your EIQ: self-awareness, self-regulation, and motivation.
28 Activity - Emotional Intelligence Assess your level of self-awareness. How can you become more self-aware?How can you apply the information about Emotional Intelligence to yourself? To your role as a leader?
30 References AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Orientation Packet. September 2013. Guiding Your Members to High Achievement. Kapila Wewegama. September 2013.Emotional Intelligence, The VISTA Leader & Your Future. Elaine K. Williams. December 2012.