“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born. That there is a genetic factor to leadership. In fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” Warren Benis, Scholar: Leadership Studies. Advisor to 4 U.S. Presidents.
The greatest danger of this myth – that leaders are born, not made – is that it might discourage perfectly capable leaders from fulfilling their potential. Conversely, it can encourage those with modest ability to think they’re born leaders. Neither is desirable.
How do you measure your ability as a leader?
The point of our leadership training is not to feed you fuzzy platitudes or stroke your ego. It’s not about 360° feedback – how does anyone else know what you should be doing? The training itself, the material, is simply the vehicle for the more important conversation about how you view leadership.
Points we take into consideration will include:
- What is your definition of leadership?
- With what aspects do you struggle?
- How do you relate to your team?
- What are your main strengths?
- Where are your blind spots?
Our leadership training follows a specific methodology. Person-centred and outcome-oriented, it’s about getting to a place of calm efficiency.
Many of the people we work with expend an enormous amount of mental and physical energy trying to maintain a facade of stoic authority.
It’s an effort few can sustain indefinitely. We explore ways of positioning ourselves in our environment so that we can be ourselves, but more.
More what? Well, that’s up to you. We’re not tied to an agenda so, more for you might be: calmer, more decisive, more purposeful. You decide.
Below are the 6 elements of our Leadership Training.
Own the space you stand in
The map is not the territory
Nail your flag to the mast
Don't interupt your enemy while he's making a mistake
Don't hide your light under a bushel
Roll with the punches
The 6 training modules, each lasting half a day, add up to a 3-day programme that is very rewarding, but can be tiring. We generally suggest splitting them over 3 weeks – 2 per day, giving ample time for reflection. You won’t be a passive observer. Nor will there be games or gimmicks to distract you. We encourage attendees to share their thoughts on the material. Consequently, you’ll have considerable influence over the content of the discussion.
Whilst it can be hard work, sessions are lively and good-humoured. Apart from being educational, there is also a team-building element. If you and your team are up for it, we look forward to meeting you.