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A1: Can we learn to be leaders?

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Slides from breakout session A1: Can we learn to be leaders?, from the NCVO Annual Conference which took place on 16 April 2018.

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A1: Can we learn to be leaders?

  1. 1. CAN WE LEARN HOW TO LEAD? EDWARD KELLOW REBECCA NESTOR
  2. 2. WORKSHOP FOCUS AND AIMS Focus on learning how to lead rather than looking at leadership principles and practice • To explore how we can learn to be leaders, and why learning is key not only to becoming a leader, but also to helping us to keep in touch with the world we work in • To give you an opportunity to reflect on how you learn to lead, and how you can help others become learning leaders too
  3. 3. WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES By the end of the session we hope you will be able to: • Describe how you learn best to lead • List 3 ways to help yourself become an even better learning leader • Reflect on how you can help yourself and other people to learn how learn to lead
  4. 4. ARE LEADERS BORN OR MADE? WHO’S GOT A LEADERSHIP QUALIFICATION? WHO’S BEEN ON A LEADERSHIP COURSE? ANYONE SUFFER FROM IMPOSTER SYNDROME?
  5. 5. ARE LEADERS BORN OR MADE?
  6. 6. OUR PERSONAL LEARNING ABOUT LEADERSHIP Setting up a new department Supporting leaders Learning to trust your team Developing someone in your team
  7. 7. SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION ‘What is the most valuable lesson about how to lead that you have learned, and how did you learn it?’
  8. 8. LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP ‘If you want to be a leader, you have to be a real human being...You must understand yourself first.’ Confucian Theory
  9. 9. LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP § Learning is a choice for individuals and organisations – learning how to deal with challenges and opportunities § Learning is different for all of us § Learning can be found all around us § It’s not easy PROCESS + CONTENT = LEARNING
  10. 10. LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP § Learning to lead is NOT about becoming a different person § Rather, learning how to be a leader is about: § Getting better at what we already do well § Developing a toolkit of models and frameworks that can help us to make sense of a complex world § Holding knowledge and experience lightly (beware of experts!) § Learning is never done (like most worthwhile endeavours) PROCESS + CONTENT = LEARNING
  11. 11. THE LEARNING CAROUSEL Around the room we have signposted some of the many ways we can learn to lead You have 20 minutes or so to explore 2 or 3 ways to learn to lead Go to the signs that energise you most and have a conversation with the other people who have chosen the same learning method Ask people what works for them and why. Be specific and be curious
  12. 12. Internalising a sense of ourselves as a leader Other people starting to see us as a leader Developing a sense of elevated purpose IDENTITY PURPOSE
  13. 13. VERTICAL LEARNING Center for Creative Leadership (2014)
  14. 14. If you do what you’ve always done you’ll get what you’ve always got.
  15. 15. Vision, tell stories and create narratives Listening & observing Being self- aware & authentic Thinking & acting differently Partnerships & networks Confidence & persistence Advocating & influencing Developing my team Time to think BEHAVIOURS OF A LEARNING LEADER Beyond the planet Global Regional National Organisation Community Family and me
  16. 16. GLOBAL LEADERSHIP Context Understanding and ability to respond to changes in the external environment Complexity Skills to survive in situations of low certainty and low agreement Connectedness Ability to understand political landscape & engage and build effective relationships with new kinds of external partners ONLY CONNECT Source: Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow Lead Author, Matthew Gitsham
  17. 17. LEARNING LEADERS § Get to know your organisation and the context you work in § Have purpose, work out what matters to you § Build alliances and networks (knowledge sharing) § Invest time in developing yourself and your team (coaching, mentoring, reading, journaling, have a new experience, go on a retreat) § Gather ideas about leadership (theories, models, frameworks), what works § Be open to other ideas - It’s OK to self doubt! § Learn to live with complexity and uncertainty HOW TO ACT LIKE ONE
  18. 18. LEARNING LEADERS • Encourage dialogue & involve people in decision-making • Ask killer questions, listen and observe constantly • Suspend judgement, gather information from multiple sources before you decide • Experiment and innovate • If you don’t know what to do, ask for help • Take responsibility for whatever happens • Learn as much from failures as successes • Be a role model: ask for and give feedback HOW TO ACT LIKE ONE
  19. 19. THANK YOU Our leadership programme, Charity Leadership in the 2020s: cohort 4 starts October 2018 https://www.ncvo.org.uk/training- and-events/charity-leadership-in-the-2020s rebecca.nestor@learning-for-good.co.uk @learninggood edward@kellowlearning.com @edwardkellow

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