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Tgg leadership & communication

  1. 1. THE GIRLFRIEND GROUP EDUCATION SERIES BY IFY OFULUE, VERNIS CONSULTANCY SEPTEMBER 24 TH , 2011 Leadership & Communication: Power, influence and the makings of successful leadership
  2. 2. Vernis Consultancy <ul><li>Successful leadership begins with communication agility™ </li></ul><ul><li>Pronounced (verr-knee) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A communication firm that provides specialized training in leadership communication & style to early-career and small business executives. Communication Agility™ is our research-based model that combines classical rhetoric, interpersonal, & intercultural communication principles. Vernis’ passion is to equip leaders and their teams with the communication skills to meet the demands of 21 st century global marketplaces. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Follow us: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: @verniscomm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.vernisconsultancy.com </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Action Plan <ul><li>Overview of Leadership today – 21 st century /Global perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Shifting from “assumptions”  “knowledge” based understanding about leadership & power </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing the 3 areas that demand strong leadership today </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing 3 key ingredients to successful leadership in those areas </li></ul>
  4. 4. “ Assumptions” based view of leadership & power <ul><li>Leadership is about power. And that power is asymmetrical. </li></ul><ul><li>We often think of the “high flyer” as a “solo” flyer. </li></ul><ul><li>Reality is, leaders are partnered with others </li></ul>
  5. 5. Knowledge-based understanding of leadership & power <ul><li>Leadership is the power to influence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone has this capacity. Everyone uses their capacity. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do people use their capacity to influence well? Depends… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are people intentional or passive with their influence? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are people using their influence with others’ interests at hearts, or just their own? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Do you really want to be a leader? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This means choosing to live intentionally in your spheres of influence—personal, professional, and social. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 3 Areas that Demand Strong Leadership <ul><li>Navigating Webs of Relationships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People want to know how to live full lives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model & mentor multi-dimensional lives which include work & social responsibility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Integrating Values– Passions–Vocations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Show how values, passions, goals “fit in” with calling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This includes cultural values </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intercultural, Inter-generational Competence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t leave “know-how” to chance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish expectations of climate and etiquette; build cohesion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding generational differences, norms. Be prepared to reconcile them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guide your team to work comfortably with these differences </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. 3 Communication Ingredients to Successful Leadership <ul><li>Establish Your Organization’s Climate! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Invite constructive participation –see Johari Window </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use “I” and “We” language rightly & regularly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build Strong Teams w/in Your Organization! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify good team members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand dynamics & challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximize the best of both </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Manage Conflict w/in Teams & Organizations! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand that conflict is natural and good </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a habit of constructive conflict </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify and root out destructive conflict </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid “groupthink,” i.e. consensus that inhibits innovation </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Inviting Constructive Participation Leaders need knowledge to be effective, but can’t know everything themselves. Therefore, encourage insight from your teammates. Successful leaders seek insights into “blind spots” and share “vulnerable areas” w/ team. They intentionally create and sustain this kind of culture.
  9. 9. Where do you go from here? <ul><li>Leaders, entrepreneurs, employers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn how to grow in your leadership & groom leaders within your group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn about your team—their strengths, passions, goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate your priorities to them—how they fit it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember, you’ll likely gain more developing potential w/in than recruiting from outside </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Younger professionals, team members </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sober but true—Invest in your own development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out your passions & goals—personally, socially, professionally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify the kind of culture you want to work within </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find people who are able to support you—growing & doing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prof. assoc., mentors, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>

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