Leadership

"Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned." — Harold Geneen

"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." — Jack Welch

"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." — Ralph Nader

Doesn't everyone need to be a leader?

We've been firmly ensconced in the world of knowledge workers for several decades now, where hierarchies have flattened, task complexity has increased, and everyone needs to be a decision-maker. Do our leadership programs and competencies reflect the realities of our information-intensive world?   If you are still sorting employees into A, B, and C buckets and only sending the As to training, then you are not, in two different ways. First, everyone needs leadership skills, and secondly, we need to be learning every day, on the job.

Figuring out what people need to learn to master leadership is also a challenge. If you study great leaders, you notice that they come in all shapes and sizes. Some may seem enlightened, but many more have major character flaws and succeed despite them. One commonality they all have, beside the drive to achieve, is the ability to learn and adapt their approaches.

Nelson Mandela was groomed to be a tribal leader, but left his tribe for Johannesburg where he became a civil defense lawyer for the black community and then a leader in the African National Congress. When non-violent protests had no impact, he started a campaign of sabotage. After he was imprisoned, he adapted his leadership to become the spokesperson for his fellow prisoners. Eventually, he became the voice of ANC while in prison and negotiated the end of Apartheid. After he was elected president, he led the country through a reconciliation process.

When asked about his obvious leadership abilities, Mandela would say that they did not come naturally to him, but were the result of his desire to learn and adapt to changing situations.

Learning leadership every day

It's clear the conventional method of sorting talent, sending some off to annual training programs, and mastering a standard set of skills is an outdated model.  Everyone needs the opportunity and ability to learn and practice leadership on a daily basis, and more importantly, to learn to be flexible in leadership styles.

Fortunately, we have a fun and easy method that meets those needs. Our method of learning leadership skills leverages people's natural abilities to imitate and associate with personal narratives, and of course, to learn by doing in a very real situation. Our Act Like a Leader Profiles provide biographies of successful leaders that describe activities, behaviors, and even thoughts to help you master that person's skills. Think of it as role-playing in reverse. Instead of going off to training and pretending to be yourself in a phony situation, our method asks you to imitate someone else in your real situation.

This method allows you to create a safe environment in which to practice, experiment, and obtains lots of feedback, all while having fun!  Plus, you can do this anytime you choose. But the best advantage of this method is that participants practice a repertoire of leader behaviors, increasing their flexibility and empathy. So they are not only learning leadership skills, they are learning to adapt their leadership skills.

 

Our Leadership Method
Step 1: Choose a Profile

Our Leadership Method
Step 2: Conduct Character Activities

Our Leadership Method
Step 3: Practice Skills on the Job

Our Leadership Method
Step 4: Obtain Lots of Feedback

Choose a Leader Profile

Review the profiles with your manager and team and choose a personality whose skills would benefit you. Don't start with someone too different. Stretch yourself as you become more comfortable.

Learn the Character

Read the profile and perform the activities that help you get into character. Then work on mastering the described behaviors and conducting the team activities. Share the profile with your co-workers so they can help you master the behaviors and skills.

Practice Skills and Behaviors on the Job

Share the profile with your co-workers so they can help you master the behaviors and skills. Then just follow the instructions and impersonate that leader's behaviors during your normal work day.

Feedback, Feedback, Feedback

The best part is getting feedback from your co-workers on how well you mastered those skills, what they liked, and what they didn't like. And the feedback is impersonal! It's about the persona and how that persona can help you improve.

Our Services

We focus on the areas that have the biggest impact on organizations. Our solutions are simple, intuitive, and often fun to implement because they utilize people's natural strengths.