TIME TO LEARN
Antoni Cimolino, artistic director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, insists: “There is something to be learned every day, both by looking in the mirror at yourself and by looking at the people around you.” The trick to good leadership is making time for the hard work that continual learning requires.
In the month of January, I took some time out of my day to day work to indulge in learning thanks to MBCI (Mentors and Business Coaches International) Facilitative Leadership Development (FLD) Program. FLD has been designed for leaders who have a passion to journey with others to help them reach their optimum potential.
I will share five points on leadership that I found very helpful in this learning moment which comprised of an interactive open group workshop and exposure to various case studies, methods and tools of leadership.
- Every leader needs to focus on relationships.
“In organizations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and the capacities to form them are more important than tasks, functions, roles and positions” – – Margaret Wheatly, Leadership and the New Science.
- Every leader needs ‘Self Discovery’ and ‘Self-reflection’
“What a man actually needs is not a tension-less state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of potential meaning waiting to be discharged by him”
The Greek philosopher, Socrates, wrote, “The un-examined life is not worth living”. These words are true today. Who I am, is seen through what I do. It is important therefore to reflect upon what I do and also use the reflection to change both who I am and how I act.
- True leadership is a responsibility, it is hard work.
“Responsible people build, they do not destroy. They are moved by the heart. The prime test of rightness of an act is, how will it affect people, are lives moved towards nobility?” — Robert K Greenleaf.
“Quite honestly, leading is a full-time job that must be practiced every hour of everyday” — Paul Hersey.
- A leader needs to communicate.
Communication is an indispensable tool and underpins all areas of human interactions. It is a complex process that involves a web of activities that differ in different situations.
“The most important thing in communication is to hear what is not being said” – – Peter Drucker.
- A leader needs to apply the VTO Principle.
Value to Others (VTO) is an important Key in a Strategic Planning Process. Unless an organization and indeed an individual can identify how they can be of maximum value to others, their strategy will always be flawed.
“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan” Proverbs 29:2