Are You a Leader? They Will Follow


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  • Workshop Title: Are You A Leader They Will Follow?                                        Date and Time: Tuesday, November 9th, 2:00pm – 3:15pm           Workshop Description:  Remember the childhood game of “Follow the Leader”?  One person was designated the leader and everyone else did exactly as the leader did.  The lessons learned from this childhood playground experience follow us into adulthood; however, leadership as an adult isn’t exactly the same.  In the words of Dwight D. Eisenhower, “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."  Are you an effective leader for the youth you are serving?  This workshop will provide lessons in leadership, strategies to become an effective leader, and resources that will help you get there.
  • Tell stories and nourish possibilities. Telling stories accomplishes the creation of a “possibility atmosphere” in your team. A profound difference exists between what is and what if. Knowing when and how to fuel an atmosphere of possibility is an essential part of leadership credibility. Stories help nurture openness to exciting possibilities.
  • Create visions for others – help your youth name it and connect how their specific work is part of the bigger picture. Have them write it down.Your attitude is contagious – make a habit of giving the benefit of the doubt – believing the best of individuals, seeing their strengths and gifts and looking for solutions – rather than nitpicking for what you can disparage. Hold yourself to a higher standard than you hold your team members in integrity, morality, faithfulness, and positivity. Never gossip; keep confidences. Be a solution-finder and a problem-solver, not an obstacle of negativity for those with whom you serve. React calmly.Look like a leader, and teach your youth to do the same.
  • Passion is a heartfelt energy that flows through us, not from us. It needs to be accepted and embraced. It reminds us that we are meant to be purposeful. We are meant to be positive. We are meant to be passionate. When you feel truly passionate and inspired about someone or something, you feel motivated to do whatever it takes, without fear or doubt, to turn your vision into reality. You grow in confidence. You believe you can do it. You are committed from the heart and soul.
  • We must relate with why we are doing what we are doing. Understand the relationship between causes and effect. Leading with purpose begins with intention. Ask yourself these questions: why do I do what I do? What is my intention? Does this intention move me? Does it stir my heart? Is it honest? Ethical? Will it make the world a better place? Does your purpose open the door to passion? Do you feel inspired by why you are doing what you are doing? If not, why not? What is missing? Why are you not in alignment? What happened? Why did you make this choice? What alternatives exist? Effective leaders know that a keen sense of purpose is very empowering. It elicits passion. It opens the door to this extraordinary energy of intuition, light and inspiration. Effective leaders also know that passion is contagious. It catches on. Ask yourself what are you meant to do? What gifts have you been given to share with the world? Lead with these gifts and you will lead with purpose. Lead with purpose and you will lead with passion.
  • Blindfold activity. Cultivating a passionate and inspiring work environment requires clear and compelling vision that is shared by the team. It is simply not enough for one person to see the “desired state” and everyone else to guess at it. A leader must be deliberate and vigilant in eliminating barriers and obstacles, giving people a keen line of sight.
  • It is from the heart that we build genuine relationships, bonds built with unconditional love, authentic joy, loyalty, trust and conviction. We connect at the level of the soul, we foster commitment. We take risks, forgiving ourselves and others for mistakes and miscalculations along the way. Leading with the heart gives us the courage and the fuel to do something with purpose and vision. Leaders who make the greatest difference did it with heart. And with heart, there is no giving up. The heart has reasons that the mind knows nothing of.
  • Start with an honest, candid look at the facts. What is y our baseline assessment today? How long does it take to do what you do? What is considered benchmark quality and timing? What is considered best in class performance? How do you compare? It’s also important to pay attention to relationships, not just tasks and assignments. The attentive passionate leader knows that it is not just what I say to people, but how I sound when I say it that has the most impact. Inspiring leaders pay attention to impact and the connection we all share. Leading with passion requires paying attention to what matters most.
  • When we are in harmony and balance with our core essence, our authentic self, we act with power, strength, confidence and grace. We think and behave with composure, humility and a profound sense of inner peace. We are not seeking attention and approval from others. We are not trying to manipulate or control people. Authentic teamwork requires trust, a cornerstone to any healthy relationship. Integrity builds trust, within oneself and with one another. “What you are thunders so loudly that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Leading with discipline requires initiative, action and stewardship. This means taking the required steps, doing the homework, working with others, committing to service and following through. It means accepting a certain degree of risk and sacrifice to challenge oneself and raise the bar. It’s important to set goals and measure performance. Work get done on time. Good habits are formed, balance is maintained. Are your actions inspiring? Do you finish what you start? Do you set clear, specific, measurable goals? Do you keep score? Are you holding yourself and others accountable? Are you stretching yourself and your team to rise to new heights? Are you identifying obstacles to peak performance and removing them? Are you pulling the weeds?
  • When we give, we receive: passion, passion; idea, creativity; love, more love; vision, team vision; teach, learn; forgive, forgiveness; peace, peace; ideas, enrichment. It’s a cooperative win/win effort – How can I help you help me? (Servant leadership). We must give of ourselves to manifest our vision and generate positive results. Win/win vs. win/lose. Constantly ask – what do I have to offer? How can I give more? Contemplate the gifts you have to offer. Consider your special talents and skills. Ask yourself How can I make this world a better place?
  • Nothing speaks louder than credibility. It is a matter of using the power of suggestion and attraction. Leading with passion effectively requires leading with credibility. The passionate leader doesn’t have a know-it-all attitude – she provides information, knowledge, insight, context, revelation, energy and enthusiasm. Consider your credibility – do people pay attention to you when you speak? Do they honestly believe what you say? Are they motivated and energized by your actions? Do they value what you have to offer? Do they see you as a positive role model and mentor? “Pretty is as pretty does”.
  • Think of it as an energy field, surrounding, connecting and penetrating us. It touches us at the level of the soul, meaning that in order for us too lead with grace we mu be humble and grateful. We must lead from the heart and soul with appreciation, dignity and respect. The brain and intellect, while important to leadership, will not show us – or anyone else – true grace. We must go deeper – to where we get the chills. (Bishop Schnase’s being struck by grace)We are not graceful by trying. A blade of grass doesn’t try to grow green. It just does. When we witness grace, it’s not unusual to feel a sense of awe. This is a connection with spirit.Evaluate your leadership style. (ask questions)
  • With spirit we tap curiosity, boldness, assertiveness and confidence. There is NO NEGATIVE ENERGY flowing from spirit. The negative energy we perceive is simply the denial of spirit. It is our resistance to that which is natural within each of us that keeps spirit from flowing through us. When we are leading with spirit, we approach each day with joy, enthusiasm and positive expectation. We are conscious of al we do and are deliberate in our actions and reactions. We can choose to react negatively with fear, attack, defense or retreat. Or we can choose to respond positively with hope, faith and optimism (choice).We are never given a challenge we cannot meet or a problem we cannot solve!!!At the beginning of each day, the passionate leader remembers that we are spiritual beings destined to create a better world by thinking positively and acting wholeheartedly. And at the end of the day, the passionate leader realizes that to inspsire others, we must be in-spirit ourselves.
  • So you start with purpose to make sure you’re doing what needs to be doneAdd a compelling vision to give people something clear and meaningful to focus onMix purpose and vision with heart to bind with determination, courage and convictionAdd a healthy amount of attention to be present and aware of the nowBlend with integrity to build trust and demonstrate authenticityBake with discipline to perform at optimal levels and be accountable for resultsCover with generosity so that everyone gets a shareServe with credibility so that it tastes as sweet as it isGive thanks with grace for the abundance we haveEnjoy with spirit and feed the soul
  • Are You a Leader? They Will Follow

    1. 1. Are You a Leader They Will Follow?<br />Ann Merrifield<br />Kaiser Group/Dynamic Works Institute<br />Garden State Employment and Training Association<br />September 14-15, 2011<br />1<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    2. 2. Family Wisdom“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”(if my Mom said it once she said it a zillion times)<br /><ul><li>Lessons Learned:
    3. 3. Think before you speak
    4. 4. Words fly, writing remains
    5. 5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
    6. 6. Leadership Resources:
    7. 7. “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey</li></ul>2<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    8. 8. Family Wisdom:“What you do speaks louder than what you say”(My Grandpa and Dad always said this.)<br />Lessons Learned:<br /><ul><li>Integrity is more about behavior than words
    9. 9. Character makes trust possible and trust makes leadership possible; from John Maxwell’s book, The Law of Solid Ground
    10. 10. Leaders put what’s best for others and the organization ahead of their personal agenda.</li></ul>3<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    11. 11. Lessons Learned:<br />Level 5 Leadership: Leaders who are humble, yet driven to do what’s best for the company (“From Good to Great”, Jim Collins)<br />Definition of humble: Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful. <br />Servant Leadership<br />Family Wisdom:“Pretty is as pretty does”(from my Grandma)<br />4<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    12. 12. Family Wisdom“If your friend jumped off a cliff, would you?(my Mom’s response to: “But everybody’s doing it”)<br />Lessons Learned:<br />It’s about trust and credibility<br />4 cores of credibility: integrity, intent, capabilities, results<br />“Nothing is as fast as the Speed of Trust<br />Leadership Resources:<br />“The Speed of Trust”, Stephen M.R. Covey<br />5<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    13. 13. Family Wisdom“If your friend jumped off a cliff, would you?(my Mom’s response to: “But everybody’s doing it”)<br />Talk straight<br />Demonstrate respect<br />Create transparency<br />Right wrongs<br />Show loyalty<br />Deliver results<br />Get better<br />Confront reality<br />Clarify expectations<br />Practice accountability<br />Listen first<br />Keep commitments<br />Extend trust<br />The13 Trust Behaviors<br />6<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    14. 14. <ul><li>Lessons Learned:
    15. 15. Qualities of an effective organization
    16. 16. Mutual Respect and Trust
    17. 17. Communication
    18. 18. Healthy competition, with clear and consistent rules
    19. 19. Focus on customer satisfaction – internal as well as external
    20. 20. Concerted effort towards continuous improvement
    21. 21. Skills and interests identified and utilized
    22. 22. The leaders keep themselves out of the “weeds”
    23. 23. Members feel empowered to do their jobs, even when the leader is away
    24. 24. Willingness to change</li></ul>Family Wisdom“Horns Up!!”(from my father, the band director)<br />7<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    25. 25. What did you learn from your Mom and Pop?<br />How can these lessons learned help you become a more effective leader?<br />Lessons in Leadership <br />8<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    26. 26. Transformational LeadersCharacteristics <br />Visionary – exciting image of where headed and how to get there<br />Masterful communication skills, language, metaphors, analogies, storytelling<br />Able to make others feel capable – experience success, praise, growth<br />Unconventional strategies – creative strategies to achieve important goals<br />Emotional expressiveness and warmth – express feelings openly<br />Self-promoting personality – dramatic and unique<br />9<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    27. 27. Transformational LeadersTechniques<br />Be passionate<br />Be enthusiastic, optimistic and energetic<br />Be sensibly persistent<br />Be candid – speak directly rather than indirectly<br />Look like a leader<br />10<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    28. 28. How Transformations Take Place<br />Raise awareness<br />Help others look beyond self interest<br />Help others search for self-fulfillment<br />Understand the need for change<br />Invest with a sense of urgency<br />Commit to greatness<br />Put resources where most needed<br />Build trust<br />11<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    29. 29. Recipe for Passionate Leadership<br />Purpose<br />Vision<br />Heart<br />Attention<br />Integrity<br />Discipline<br />Generosity<br />Credibility<br />Grace<br />Spirit<br />Source: Leading With Passion – Simple Truths<br />12<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    30. 30. purpose<br />Why do I do what I do?<br />What is my intention?<br />Does this intention move me?<br />Does it stir my heart?<br />Is it honest? Ethical?<br />Do I feel inspired by why I do what I do?<br />What are you meant to do? What gifts have you been given to share with the world?<br />13<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    31. 31. vision<br />To inspire people, the passionate leader must share the vision and be sure it is clear among constituents. This shared vision helps create a collective mind, a critical building block for high performance teamwork.<br />“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”<br />Albert Einstein<br />14<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    32. 32. Heart<br />Is my heart in my work?<br />Am I running on a full tank of energy?<br />Do I lead with heart?<br />Is this reflected in the people I surround myself with?<br />“The heart has reasons that reasons cannot know”<br />Pascal<br />15<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    33. 33. attention<br />The attentive leader lives in the now. Even when reflecting on past performance and visualizing future changes, the effective leader is working from the only time that really matters, the eternal now.<br />16<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    34. 34. integrity<br />Do you feel whole and complete, or is something missing?<br />Are you walking your true inner talk?<br />What is your inner guidance system telling you?<br />How do you perceive others? How are you perceived by others? Do you see a correlation?<br />Do you lead by example, demonstrating integrity?<br />17<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    35. 35. Discipline<br />Discipline means going the extra mile, where there is typically less traffic.<br />18<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    36. 36. Generosity<br />What do I have to offer?<br />How can I give more?<br />How can I make this world a better place?<br />“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”<br />Ralph Waldo Emerson<br />19<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    37. 37. credibility<br />“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”<br />Gandhi<br />20<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    38. 38. Grace<br />Are you calm and relaxed when leading people?<br />Are you seen as a “pillar of strength”?<br />Do you make your work seem effortless?<br />Do you appreciate all you have?<br />Do you lead with confidence, composure, equanimity and a deep sense of peace?<br />21<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    39. 39. spirit<br />Leading with passion and spirit requires that we remain positive, attracting positive energy into our lives and into solutions we seek.<br />We are never given a challenge we cannot meet or a problem we cannot solve.<br />22<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    40. 40. Recipe for passionate leadership<br />Purpose<br />Vision<br />Heart<br />Attention<br />Integrity<br />Discipline<br />Generosity<br />Credibility<br />Grace<br />Spirit<br />23<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
    41. 41. Thank you<br />Ann Merrifield<br />573-864-1839<br /><br />“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”<br />Gandhi<br />24<br />Dynamic Works Institute<br />
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