Get in small groups and discuss the following scenario:An alien has landed out in the field outside and you are out there with some of your friends. The aliens says “take me to your leader” Who to you take the alien to and how do you arrive at that decision?
Who did you bring the alien to and why? What makes a leader? Qualities? Title? Personality? What are some great leadership experiences you’ve had? (Small group share: one person tells a great leadership experience, the others listen and ask questions…do not engage in conversation. Someone in the group write down describing words that come up as everyone recounts their leadership experience.
Kouzes and Posner.
There are many different kinds of leaders, as you described above. And many different types of leadership styles. So, how do you figure out where you fit into the leadership spectrum?http://guides.wsj.com/management/developing-a-leadership-style/how-to-develop-a-leadership-style/VisionaryCoachingAffiliativeDemocraticPacesettingCommandingFrom: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_84.htmTransactional leadership.Autocratic leadership.Bureaucratic leadership.Charismatic leadership.Democratic/participative leadership.Laissez-faire leadership.Task-oriented leadership.People/relations-oriented leadership.Servant leadership.Transformational leadership.
So the question is…how many leaders are in this room? Are you a leader?YES! Everyone is a leader and everyone has leadership potential.
Let’s define personal leadership for a moment. Write down some thoughts about what personal leadership means to you and we’ll share them in a few minutes.Photo: http://expatindenmark.com/Event/Lists/EventList/DispForm.aspx?List=cbbc043b-aaf3-4987-865c-f88ed95d9d71&ID=949
It involves looking inward. We mentioned earlier that leadership is about relationships. Some of the leaders that you mentioned at the beginning of this session hold influence over others, their “followers,” right? How do these leaders gain that influence?Stephen Covey discusses in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People how relationships that you create and nurture can affect your circle of influence. He says that “the place to begin building any relationship is inside ourselves, inside our circle of influence, our own character.”Jim Collins (Good to Great) talks about how GREAT leaders look at success and challenges (looking in the mirror or out the window)
Personal leadership is not a title or position, rather it is a sense of purpose and commitment. Before we can motivate others to act, we must motivate ourselves. In this way, being a follower is intertwined with developing personal leadership. As we learn about who we are and who we want to be, we look to positive role models and positive examples of what we want to be.
We’re going to start to develop your own personal leadership strategic plans:We are going to do an activity that I first learned of in Stephen Covey’s book 7 Habits for Highly Effective People called “begin with the end in mind.”Activity: Writing, sharing.This activity has two steps.
First of all, let’s try to define your personal leadership by starting with adjectives and action words that describe your character, values, and vision.
Now, use those words to write the MC’s speech introducing you as Employee of the Summer at the Boys and Girls club. Another way to look at your career from a bigger perspective is the Lifetime achievement award: Included traits, accomplishments, community service and general life philosophy.
So, as we wrap up this discussion and examination of what personal leadership is and how to start defining your own personal leadership style, does anyone want to share any reflections or thoughts?I thought this video gives a nice, inspirational summary of what leadership is. Let’s watch. (3:14)
What is Leadership?
Finding your personalleadership styleAnd using it
Prepared for the Staff of the Boysand Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe"Let us acknowledge and celebrate whatyouth can do to build a safer, more justworld. Let us strengthen our efforts toinclude young people in policies,programmes and decision-makingprocesses that benefit their futures andours." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon message on International Youth Day, 12 August 2010
The desire of an individualto take charge of his or her own life
The place to begin building any relationship isinside ourselves…our own character. (Covey)
How to define your personal leadership• List your traits, strengths and values. Words that describe how you want to be viewed as a person and as a leader.• Combine these words to define your identity.
Employee of the YearYou have been voted Employee of the Year forthe Boys and Girls club.What would you want the introduction speechto say about you?Write it down. Have your partner read it to you.
The most significant contributionthat leaders make is not simply totoday’s bottom line; it is to thelong-term development of peopleand institutions so they can adapt,change, prosper, and grow. TheLeadership Challenge (4th ed), Kouzes &Posner
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