Agenda Introductions Perceptions of Leadership Leadership Defined Personal Leadership Traits Leadership Potential BREAK
At the End of this Workshop You Will: Know how leadership is defined and discussed in the literature; Know how you can take on leadership roles in your own life; Know how to develop your own leadership skills; Understand the role of leadership in team work;
Great Leaders Sir Winston Churchill – Was he a Great Leader?
Perceptions of Leadership Who are some people you would identify as great leaders? Public figures, personal acquaintances; present day or historical. What do you think makes them great leaders?
Perceptions of Leadership The following slide shows individuals who may or may not be considered great leaders. What do you think? Are they great leaders, or not? Why, why not?
Great Leaders? Oprah Pierre Trudeau René Lévesque Bill & Melinda Gates Bono Margaret Thatcher Tony Blair Stephen Abram Adolf Hitler Nelson Mandela Michaëlle Jean Rudy Giuliani
When You Were a Child I’ll bet that most of you played a game called “Follow the Leader” Were you the ‘leader’ or ‘one of the followers’ ? What do you remember (if anything) about this game ?
How to Play ‘Follow the Leader’ First a leader or "head of the line" is chosen, then all children line up behind the leader. The leader then moves around and all the children have to mimic the leader's actions. Players who mess up or do not do what the leader does are out of the game. The last person standing other than the leader is now the new leader.
What you Learned About Leadership from the Game There has to be a leader The leader must be chosen There must be followers Those who follow must mimic the leader
What you Learned About Leadership from the Game Those who do not mimic the leader are left behind A new leader always emerges at the end of the game The cycle continues Do you think all of these lessons are true?
Leadership Defined In its simplest form leadership is the capacity or ability to lead. To lead is to either get in front to show people the way or to go along with them.
Leadership Defined In any case, the leader always takes an active role in making something happen with others The others are referred to as followers
Not everyone can be a leader in every situation It is not always necessary, but leaders have probably been followers first Some people do not have the desire or the qualities to be leaders
Followers fulfill very important functions and they need their leaders to have certain qualities Leaders Need Followers
What followers expect: Honesty Honesty Competence Competence Forward-looking attitudes Forward-looking attitudes Inspiration Inspiration These create credibility Leaders Need Followers
Leadership Defined Some three hundred and fifty definitions of “leadership” have been generated over the last thirty years by leadership researchers Some say leadership is merely “coping with change”
Others point to being visionary or vision-oriented as the most important quality of a leader The “wise use of power” is another partial definition Leadership Defined
One leadership scholar and guru, Warren Bennis, has identified several aspects of leaders in business terms. A guiding vision A guiding vision Passion Passion Integrity Integrity Trust Trust Curiosity Curiosity Daring Daring Leadership Defined
Leadership Defined Are leaders born or made? Early studies assumed leaders were born but none of these studies was conclusive Early studies assumed leaders were born but none of these studies was conclusive If leader are born, then leadership training is meaningless! If leader are born, then leadership training is meaningless!
Leadership Defined Are leaders born or made ? If leaders are made, then theoretically anyone can be a leader If leaders are made, then theoretically anyone can be a leader The truth probably lies in between – leaders are probably born with the aptitude but need guidance and nurturing to realize their leadership potential The truth probably lies in between – leaders are probably born with the aptitude but need guidance and nurturing to realize their leadership potential Similar to great singers or athletes, who are born with a gift, but need to develop it Similar to great singers or athletes, who are born with a gift, but need to develop it
Is Leadership the same as Management ? Generally leaders have traits that make them good managers But good managers may not be great leaders – why might that be? Similarly, a visionary person may have the charisma of a leader, but have no ability as a manager
Is Leadership the same as Management ? It is not essential to be a manager to be a leader One can be a leader from the ranks Indeed leaders can be found at all levels of organizations and groups
Is Leadership the same as Management ? “The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.” Warren Bennis
What is the role of leaders in team work? In some instances, creating the team or introducing members to each other In some instances, creating the team or introducing members to each other Clearly defining responsibilities Clearly defining responsibilitiesresponsibilities Developing communications guidelines Developing communications guidelines Identifying a conflict resolution mechanism Identifying a conflict resolution mechanism
Leadership & Teamwork Encouraging an open exchange of ideas during team creation Encouraging an open exchange of ideas during team creationideas Creating a shared purpose, direction and goals Creating a shared purpose, direction and goals Providing detailed and timely feedback Providing detailed and timely feedback
The “Tasks of Leadership” Envisioning goals Affirming values Motivating Managing ( priorities, decisions & systems ) Achieving workable unity
The “Tasks of Leadership” Explaining and teaching Serving as a symbol Representing the group Renewing
Using the provided check list, take 10 minutes to reflect on your own leadership traits – the qualities you have that would make you a good leader, and those that you think might make leadership difficult for you. There may be other qualities you think are important that are not on the checklist. Grade yourself from 1 – 10 on each quality. You may share these with the group, or keep them private.
Personal Leadership Traits What qualities of leadership were not on the checklist?