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Importance of leadership for career development


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Leadership definition, why it's important for one's career and tools to improve leadership skills.

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Importance of leadership for career development

  1. 1. By JF Gailleur, 2015
  2. 2. Foreword • Why are we talking about leadership? • Your most important asset is … • Take control of your career • Tools to develop your leadership skills
  3. 3. Leadership What is Leadership, again?
  4. 4. Leadership is a process by which one person influences the thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors of others.
  5. 5. Some Quotes • Peter Drucker: “The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.” • Warren Bennis: “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” • 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.” Source:
  6. 6. 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).
  7. 7. Leadership has nothing to do with… • Seniority • Titles • Knowing more than everybody else • Personality • Good news, you can learn skills to increase your leadership
  8. 8. Managers vs. Leaders Managers Optimize systems PREDICTABILITY Leaders Enable people & get things done CHANGE • 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
  9. 9. Making things happen “no matter what” Leaders accomplish tasks which no one else wishes to do. Leadership recognition is quickly earned with a “whatever-it- takes” attitude. The key organizational players are described as the “Go-To” players. John P. Kotter
  10. 10. Tooling
  11. 11. Preface to Tooling • No magic formula or checklist to complete • 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 Einstein
  12. 12. FIRST: Know Yourself more than anyone else • 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…
  13. 13. Know yourself cont.: Introvert vs Extrovert • 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: introvert-test/ • Resources for Introvert: (Susan Cain)
  14. 14. Enjoy your work, Know your sweet spot Bud Caddell, “What would you do if you were financially free?” Purpose
  15. 15. FOCUS (time management) Stephen Covey time management matrix from his book “First Things First”
  16. 16. SIMPLIFY “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."
  17. 17. NETWORKING , PUBLIC SPEAKING Learning by being OUT OF YOUR CONFORT ZONE How can you influence if you are not speaking up!
  18. 18. INFLUENCE 30 principles to success
  19. 19. Have your own GOALS “If you are not prioritizing your life, someone else will”
  20. 20. Resilience 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.
  21. 21. EFFORT & DISCIPLINE “Perform at your best when your best is required. Coach John Wooden on Leadership basketball player and coach Your best is required each day.” Work Hard
  22. 22. “Do, or Do Not. There is no try.”
  23. 23. Questions?
  25. 25. Steve’s job leadership principles
  26. 26. Happiness and leadership level 5