The Yellow Brick Road of Leadership - Lessons from the Wizard of Oz

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This presentation examines leadership through the lens of L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. The reader will learn that a leader’s success is dependent upon a belief in oneself, having a …

This presentation examines leadership through the lens of L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. The reader will learn that a leader’s success is dependent upon a belief in oneself, having a goal for a better future, wisdom, emotional intelligence, and a willingness to take action. Throughout this presentation you will learn that developing these combined capabilities is a journey, a road filled with difficulties and obstacles. Baum’s fantasy provides a platform for leaders and students of leadership to reflect and gain perspective on their own journey down the yellow brick road of leadership.

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  • 1. The Yellow Brick Road of Leadership Jonathan Stutz @jmstutz (Twitter)
  • 2. Let’s start here… • If you could select among these leadership attributes and only have one, which would you choose and why? Why are they important? • Confidence and determination • Vision: a goal for a better future • Brains: intelligence developed into wisdom • Heart: empathy and compassion • Courage: commitment transferred to action ACTION: Select one and write it down now
  • 3. Do you have everything you need? • Among the listed leadership attributes below, what attributes, if any, are missing? • Why are they important? • Confidence and determination • Vision: a goal for a better future • Brains: intelligence developed into wisdom • Heart: empathy and compassion • Courage: commitment transferred to action
  • 4. The power you hold within • Glinda warns Dorothy, “Keep tight inside of them – their magic must be very powerful, or she wouldn’t want them so badly!” • “When I gain those ruby slippers, my power will be the greatest in Oz!” – The Wicked Witch of the West
  • 5. The Power Within: Confidence and Determination • “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. • Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. • Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”- Calvin Coolidge
  • 6. The Power Within: Confidence and Determination • “One cannot teach a man anything. One can only enable him to learn from within himself” - Galileo • Christopher Robin to Pooh bear, “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” - Milne
  • 7. Dorothy’s Goal: “There’s no place like home” • Clarity of purpose: I want to go home • Commitment and the power of repetition: • Tell everyone about your goal • Driving commitment requires repetition • Authentically engage your followers in the adventure • Take the time to understand your follower’s goals – What’s in it for me? (WIIFM)
  • 8. Dorothy leads through a participative leadership style • Relations-oriented • Achieve the tasks • Implement the changes • Benefits of Participative Leadership • Higher decision quality • Higher decision acceptance • Greater satisfaction with the decision process • Greater development of decision- making skills
  • 9. Leaders – Nature vs. Nurture? • What is ‘a born leader’? • Do born leaders exist? • If so, provide examples.
  • 10. The Scarecrow’s Brains: Intelligence developed into Wisdom • Highly reflective thinking • A capability to reflect in the moment • It’s not “thinking”, it’s “contemplating” • Listening to followers is a difficult but important task
  • 11. The Tin Man’s Heart: Empathy, Compassion and Authenticity • An ability to motivate and inspire • Vulnerability-based Trust • Asking for support is an act of courage, heart and thoughtfulness • Having heart is the pinnacle of susceptibility • Followers want to see the real you • Yes, positive leaders have heart, more importantly, they share their heart and encourage the hearts of others
  • 12. How Leaders can Lead with their Heart 1. Connect work to a mission, for example, to journey to Oz and meet with the Wizard 2. Connect to your co-workers – build strong relationships through a shared experience on the journey 3. Leave no employee behind – inviting people to participate to achieve your shared goals
  • 13. How Leaders can Lead with their Heart 4. Insist on work/life balance – such as taking time for self-care and grooming before meeting the Wizard of Oz for the first time 5. Share the wealth (the success) 6. Have more fun – happy employees are more productive and singing along journey is fun (“We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz”) 7. Believe in the power of each person – one person can make all the difference
  • 14. Authentic Leadership • Core Values of Authentic Leaders: • Honesty….Altruism…Kindness…Fairness… Accountability…Optimism • The traits and characteristics of heart-centered leadership are: • High mutual trust • Transparency (open and honest communication) • Guidance toward shared objectives • Emphasis on follower welfare and development
  • 15. The Lion’s Courage: Commitment transferred to Action • Change management • Enabling change by taking action when the risks are apparent and the likelihood of failure is very real • We experience courage when our commitment to change enables us to overcome our fear of failure • Perseverance: Leading change against walls of resistance • It takes courage to challenge the status quo and stay the course
  • 16. Let’s end here…where we began • If you could select among these leadership attributes and only have one, which would you choose and why? • Confidence and determination • Vision: a goal for a better future • Brains: intelligence developed into wisdom • Heart: empathy and compassion • Courage: commitment transferred to action ACTION: Select one and write it down now. Did your response change? If so, how and why?
  • 17. Questions?
  • 18. The Yellow Brick Road of Leadership • Success as a leader depends upon: • A belief in oneself • Having a goal for a better future • Wisdom • Emotional Intelligence • A Willingness to Take Action • Leadership is a Journey, filled with Difficulties and Obstacles • Reflect and Gain Perspective on Your Journey
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