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NSHMBA - Leadership is a Marathon_20Nov2013_vFINAL

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NSHMBA - Leadership is a Marathon_20Nov2013_vFINAL

  1. 1. LEADERSHIP IS A MARATHON Jaison Williams – Talent Leadership & Organisation Development, GSK NSHMBAA Philadelphia End of Year Event, 2013
  2. 2. I’m a Marathon Maniac As a leader, you’re always in training and the race is most definitely a marathon, not a sprint 2 2013 Chicago Marathon 2011 Boston Marathon
  3. 3. Preparation The Start Proper Perspective Hitting the Wall Making it to the Finish Line Five Principles for Leadership & Running a Marathon 3 5 Principles credited to Gary Runn at The Leadership Crossing,
  4. 4. Preparation for Leadership 4 Preparation is everything in desiring to complete a marathon – and to become a leader
  5. 5. Starting Your Leadership Marathon 5
  6. 6. It Really Isn’t About How You Start But About How You Finish  You Can Get Out Too Fast (aka, ‘Stay True to Your Training’)  The goal is not to burn out early. You want to make it to the end  You Can Forget To Replenish Your Resources (aka, ‘Sharpen Your Saw’)  You can’t out lead your resources. You have to stay fresh in your learning and character growth. You have to anticipate your needs and not cut corners  Look for sources for inspiration and motivation (i.e., Runners World, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, etc.)  You Can Pace Off The Wrong Person (aka, ‘Stick to Your Plan’)  Leaders were not meant to go it alone (i.e., Marathon Pace Makers)  Leaders who are just getting started need to pace well and pick the right coaches and role models 6
  7. 7. Proper Perspective  Think of your leadership in different terms: the beginning, middle and end  Leaders need to be able to break down their task or objectives into smaller, right sized proportions  The key here is not to get sidetracked by unimportant distractions – keep your eye on the goal!  Measure progress along the way 7
  8. 8. Hitting the (Leadership) Wall  Hitting the wall in leading will usually come about when you have been at the role or the project for awhile. A certain amount of leading fatigue has already set in. And then an unexpected barrier arises  Instead, build your leadership responsibility over time 8
  9. 9. Best Practices for your Leadership Marathon  Practice 1: Challenging the process  Leaders seek challenge and take risks. Whether the challenge is a product innovation or a reorganization, a leader’s role often involves recognizing the need for change and supporting and directing innovation.  Practice 2: Inspiring a shared vision  Successful leaders have vision – a desire to change, create, and make things happen. Leaders must get others to buy into the vision and engage followers to help make their vision a reality.  Practice 3: Enabling others to act  Exemplary leaders enlist the support of others and empower them to do good work. They garner the resources, human and otherwise, and encourage collaboration.  Practice 4: Modeling the way  Leaders must lead by example if they want an enthusiastic following, demonstrating in their behavior the organizational and management values they believe are important. Be humble, listen well and exhibit curiosity.  Practice 5: Encouraging the heart  Leaders must encourage the heart of their followers to carry on despite adversity and celebrate successes whether they be small accomplishments or significant milestones. 9
  10. 10. Making it to the Finish Line  Few people want to follow a leader that has no finish line. They also don’t want to follow a leader who doesn’t take them on a worthwhile journey  To bring something to completion in leading is to:  purposefully see a finish line  acknowledge the contribution of others  celebrate  learn, and to plan again from a greater sense of experience and maturity 10
  11. 11. 11 Leadership Commitments and Call-Outs What does “leadership success” look like for you? What commitments will you make to be a stronger individual leader? Share with us what you will take away from today’s discussion. What will you do differently to lead tomorrow morning? 11

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