HELM Theory of Leadership
The HELM Theory
1. Clear the Deck
2. Brief the Crew
3. Set The Course
4. Set Sail
5. Monitor Pro...
yourself, which may or may not be outwardly evident.
This entire theory is not limited to organizational leadership, but c...
To reiterate the newly formed HELM theory, it requires the leader to mentally
prepare, plan, map, undertake and regularly ...
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HELM (Hassan's Exemplary Leadership Model) is a business framework that combines elements of several leadership models, including Goleman, Kouzes and Posner, Quinn, and others. All these management models have merit and a combination of each will assist in maximizing your leadership potential.

In the HELM theory, the first point must be that of psychological retraining in terms of emotional self-mastery, self-discipline, and defeating negative traits in order to attain the maximum in mental clarity. Once this is achieved, a leader can then focus on applying the underlying principles of leadership to make for an exemplary leader.

This document breaks down the HELM model into 6 stages.

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HELM Model

  1. 1. HELM Theory of Leadership The HELM Theory 1. Clear the Deck 2. Brief the Crew 3. Set The Course 4. Set Sail 5. Monitor Progress 6. Persevere “Hassan’s Exemplary Leadership Model” (HELM) encompasses elements of the current popular theories including, but not limited to Goleman, Kouzes and Posner, and Quinn et al. All of the learned theories have merit and a combination of each will assist in maximizing your potential. By using a ship as the example for an organization or the individual, the Helm is the control centre where all the decisions are made relevant to direction or course. In the HELM theory the first point must be that of psychological retraining in terms of emotional self-mastery, self-discipline, and defeating negative traits in order to attain the maximum in mental clarity. Once this has been achieved, I can then focus on applying the underlying principles of leadership to make for an exemplary leader. As in all theories, the need for commitment is paramount in order for it to be effective. As a career Martial Artist, the philosophy of mastery has always held high regard in how I define my own behaviour and discipline, as it too requires self-discipline and commitment. As
  2. 2. yourself, which may or may not be outwardly evident. This entire theory is not limited to organizational leadership, but can be used in one’s personal life. 3. Set The Course Once a satisfactory degree of self-mastery or control is reached, I am now ready to engage in phase two which is setting the course, or plotting an action plan for successful leadership. This involves both personal and professional goal setting as a means to reach designated targets and the purpose of this is to monitor progress and track the individual journey. Goals may be either short, medium, long term or a combination. What is important is that parameters are set and the ‘journey’ planned, not so much the time taken to get there! Now is the time to begin the real hard work! 4. Set Sail This is where the real journey begins as all the theoretical components are being applied in real time. I have prepared myself, engaged my people, inspired them, shared the vision, and finally left the shore. Surely there will be bumps and choppy seas along the way but this is to be expected. Whilst on the journey I will take the time to communicate with the ‘crew’ whether they are colleagues, managers, spouse or subordinates, making them feel involved in the process and encouraging them also. It is imperative to listen to their thoughts, idea’s and suggestions as in doing so, it is highly likely that it will increase morale and gain more of a trust in them. As discussed in Kouzes & Posner, the leaders people mostly like were –honest, forward looking, inspiring and competent. The aim is to become all things to all men (and women) for at the end of the day your people are your most important asset in business and can often be the best people to evaluate your progress.
  3. 3. To reiterate the newly formed HELM theory, it requires the leader to mentally prepare, plan, map, undertake and regularly monitor progress in order to measure the success of the method. In conclusion, what this paper has discussed are principles that when applied correctly can lead to better leadership of both people and organizations. They are based on personal reflections and are entirely in response to the designated essay question.

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