Why talking about leadership Few things are more important to human activity than leadership. Effective leadership helps our nation through times of peril. It makes a business organization successful. It enables a not-for-profit organization to fulfill its mission. The effective leadership of parents enables children to grow strong and healthy and become productive adults. One of the most studied topic in business school Software so complex, that you cannot do it alone, so you need to work in teams and groups, and A software Engineer’s Career Adventure at hybris: axis impact and influence https://wiki.hybris.com/display/prodandtech/A+Software+Engineer%27s+Career+Adventure+at+hybris
Seniority Often when thinking about leadership in a company, it’s referring to the most senior, but that’s not always the case You don’t need to be senior to have leadership Titles e.g. can be a leader in your neighborhood, community, family Some have title with no leadership. Personality Charismatic, can learn, you are not born with leadership
The difference between management and leadership are often misunderstood. Essentially, management is an organizational commission and leadership is the action taken to perform transformational and alignment tasks (Kotter, 1990a). However, both are essential to organization. As stated by (Kotter, 1990b), “Without good management, complex enterprises tend to become more chaotic in ways that threaten their very existence. Good management brings a degree of order and consistency to key dimensions like the quality and profitability. Leadership, by contrast, is about coping with change. ” For instance, military troops are managed during an era of peace but also need to be lead on the battlefield when the opportunity calls for it. If an individual is capable of exerting enough influence upon the overall goal achievement of others in an organizational context, then Leadership occurs (Johns, Gary, 1996c). The function of leadership is really to produce a change.
Introvert leaders: Barack Obama, Marissa Mayer, Albert Einstein Mahatma Gandhi Warren Buffet Abraham Lincoln Famous Introvert: President Obama Guy Kawasaki Marc Zuckerberg http://www.fastcompany.com/3032028/the-future-of-work/7-famous-leaders-who-prove-introverts-can-be-wildly-successful People who are introverts often describe themselves (or are described) as shy, but shyness and introversion are not the same thing. Shyness has, at its heart, a fear of negative judgment by others. Think of the difference this way: If asked to a party, an introvert might think about whether they wanted to expend their precious supply of social energy. A shy person, however, might think about how others at the party would perceive them. As author Susan Cain explained in “Quiet,” her landmark book on introverts: “Shyness is the fear of social disapproval or humiliation, while introversion is a preference for environments that are not overstimulating.” One stays home from the party from preference, in other words, and the other from fear.
At some point of time, we need some purpose. If you have no purpose, you have no meaning of life.
attention spans are shorter than ever
E.g. Monday town-halls, lunch and learn, toastmaster Martin Fowler https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Schwaber Present your idea to large group of people inside or outside your team Present an interesting idea in a lunch and learn in your office location Find a mentor in your office location and agree on periodical sessions to improve your skills
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligence_quotient https://www.dalecarnegie.com/assets/1/7/Secrets_of_Success.pdf Become a Friendlier Person 1. Don’t criticize, condemn or complain. 2. Give honest, sincere appreciation. 3. Arouse in the other person an eager want. 4. Become genuinely interested in other people. 5. Smile. 6. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language. 7. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves. 8. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests. 9. Make the other person feel important - and do it sincerely. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Win People to Your Way of Thinking 10. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it. 11. Show respect for the other person’s opinion. Never say, “You’re wrong.” 12. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically. 13. Begin in a friendly way. 14. Get the other person saying “yes, yes” immediately. 15. Let the other person do a great deal of the talking. 16. Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers. 17. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view. 18. Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires. 19. Appeal to the nobler motives. 20. Dramatize your ideas. 21. Throw down a challenge.
Take control of your career by developing your leadership Vision, Goals, Focus Know yourself, know what you like, what you want Influence by communicating
Importance of leadership for career development
By JF Gailleur, 2015
• Why are we talking about leadership?
• Your most important asset is …
• Take control of your career
• Tools to develop your leadership skills
Leadership is a process by which one person influences the
thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors of others.
• Peter Drucker: “The only definition of a leader is someone who has
• Warren Bennis: “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into
• Bill Gates: “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be
those who empower others.”
• John Maxwell: “Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.”
• Dwight D. Eisenhower : “Leadership is the art of getting someone else
to do something you want done because she/he wants to do it.”
Could be summarized as
Leadership is an art of social influence
to inspire others so that
they maximize their efforts towards
the achievement of
a transformational goal (vision).
Leadership has nothing to do with…
• Knowing more than everybody else
• Good news, you can learn skills to increase your leadership
Managers vs. Leaders
Managers Optimize systems
Leaders Enable people & get things done
• Focus on things
• Plan and budgets
• Organize and allocate resources
• Control and solve problems
• Follow the rules
• Accept status-quo
• Focus on people
• Show a direction
• Motivate and Inspire
• Align and Influence
• Shape entities
• Challenge status-quo
“ The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.” Warren Bennis
Making things happen “no matter
Leaders accomplish tasks which
no one else wishes to do.
Leadership recognition is quickly
earned with a “whatever-it-
The key organizational players
are described as the “Go-To”
John P. Kotter
Preface to Tooling
• No magic formula or checklist to
• Acquiring Leadership Skills is a life
long learning process
• Invest in yourself
“The more I learn, the more I realize
how much I don't know.” Albert
FIRST: Know Yourself more than anyone
• Myers–Briggs Personality Type Indicator
• Favorite world: Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your
own inner world? This is called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).
• Information: Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in
or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called
Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).
• Decisions: When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and
consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is
called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
• Structure: In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things
decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options?
This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).
• Many others like Strengths Finder 2.0, Enneagram, Disc…
Know yourself cont.: Introvert vs
• Where do you get your energy from?
• Introverts get exhausted by social interaction and need
solitude to recharge.
• Extroverts get anxious when left alone and get energy
from social interaction.
• Introvert vs shy
• If you don’t know: http://www.quietrev.com/the-
• Resources for Introvert: http://www.quietrev.com/
Enjoy your work, Know your sweet spot
Bud Caddell, http://budcaddell.com
“What would you do if you
were financially free?”
FOCUS (time management)
Stephen Covey time management matrix from his book “First Things First”
“What is the very most
important thing I should be
doing with my time and
resources right now?”
"Nonessentialism dominates work lives today while true
priorities do not get needed attention. The thin distribution
of effort results in poor quality work."
NETWORKING , PUBLIC SPEAKING
Learning by being OUT OF YOUR CONFORT ZONE
How can you influence if you are not speaking up!
30 principles to success
Have your own GOALS
“If you are not prioritizing
your life, someone else will”
the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
Thomas Edison and his team of researchers in Edison's laboratory in
Menlo Park, N.J., tested more than 3,000 designs for bulbs between
1878 and 1880 to eventually get the right one.
EFFORT & DISCIPLINE
“Perform at your best when your best is
Coach John Wooden on Leadership
basketball player and coach
Your best is required each day.”