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  • I’ll start off today with a question. How many people here have rock-climbed before? Indoors or outdoors? Either one.Ok, for the few of you who have, you’ve experienced the challenges of climbing. For those of you who haven’t, I’ll have to take you over to the Ping Center Rock Wall after we’re done, and hopefully I can inspire you into a new hobby.Climbing is an interest of mine, and as we’ve been reading about leadership throughout the seminar, I’ve seen that many of the lessons that go into a successful climb, also go into being a successful leader. My goal in discussing this connection today, is that by the end of my presentation, I will have clearly illustrated, in a memorable way for you, the steps to establishing a leadership legacy. I will then close with my personal leadership philosophy. The hope is that I will inspire thought about each one of these pillars- how we can improve in each area, to reach our Leadership Pinnacle, and help others do the same. (CLICK)
  • I’ll begin with a term in climbing called “The Crux”. The Crux is the most difficult part of the climb-the obstacle that if you can just get over it, will lead to reaching the top. Crux is also defined as crucial point, or factor. What we will discuss today are the 9 crucial steps to reach your leadership pinnacle. (CLICK)
  • Crux Nine- Putting together the right tools/team (CLICK)
  • ClimbingThere are a lot of tools working in unison during a climb- your rope, the anchors to attach to the wall, your harness. All these tools are necessary, but if they are not being used together in the proper way, they will fail. If these tools don’t function properly, you will also need to have a back up that can replace them on the fly, and perform well in that crucial moment. The number one rule in climbing- “Always have a back-up.” (CLICK)LeadingAs discussed in John Maxwell’s “Law of the Bench”, when we assemble a team, we need to ensure that the MBTI Psychological types, are complimentary to each other. Too many similar personality types can result in stagnation. Too many strong differences in personality type, can result in unproductive conflict. Leaders need to understand the personality types of each team member, and how to fit their “starters” into roles that compliment their strengths. At the same time, leaders need to be continually building their bench. Team members may leave the company, or they may fail to reach expectations. A Pinnacle Leader will “always have a back up”. That back up will be prepared to step in, and successfully fill their role when called upon.(CLICK)
  • Eight- Set Your Route, and Establish a Clear Vision. (CLICK)
  • ClimbingMost climbers, before they begin, will take a look at the rock face in front of them. They will visualize their plan for reaching the top, according to their own strengths and weaknesses. The climber then vocalizes this plan to the team, so everyone is aware of their role, and how the vision is expected to develop. (CLICK)LeadingThis leads into the second crux of leadership, Establishing a Clear Vision. As talked about in Homrig”s “Transformational Leadership”, a leader must assess the challenges ahead, set goals for higher achievement, and communicate the vision to the team. A Pinnacle Leader must trust the team enough to remain open to constructive feedback, and suggested adjustments for the vision.
  • Crux 7 toward a Leadership Legacy, is Thorough Communication. (CLICK)
  • ClimbingIn climbing, there are a lot of what are referred to as “calls”. These specific calls are meant to establish clear and constant lines of communication within the team. Communication from people standing back from the problem, is critical to giving the climber advice, and helping them reach their goal as smoothly and efficiently as possible. (CLICK)LeadingOpen lines of communication are critical in leadership as well. In the “17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork”, John Maxwell states that “creating positive change in an organization requires communication. Effective teams have teammates who are constantly talking, and listening to one another“. Just as in climbing, changes will come along in business that may alter your path. Open and consistent communication amongst team members, will keep everyone on the same page, and moving forward. Soliciting outside opinions, and actively listening, will help open the leaders mind to the broader picture. (CLICK)
  • Six- Confidence (CLICK)
  • ClimbingIn tandem with knowledge and preparation, confidence and tenacity will help you accomplish climbs that you didn’t know you were capable of. If you approach a climb with hesitation and timidity, you won’t get very far. (CLICK)LeadingAs mentioned in “Transformational Leadership”, a leader must have confidence and conviction within themselves, and in the established vision. They have a quote “internalized sense of commitment to their goals, and articulate this in such a way to their followers so as to convert themto a high level of commitment as well”. If the leader fails to project confidence to the team, the leader will ultimately lose the commitment of the team. (CLICK)
  • Crux Five- Trust in Others (CLICK)
  • ClimbingBelaying is the term for holding the rope for a climber. During a climb, trust in your belayer is essential. You can’t just pull anyone off the street, and bring them into a climbing team. You need to be able to trust your support- that A.) they know what they’re doing, B.) they are prepared for adversity, and C.) that they are handling their responsibilities, while you focus the challenge at hand. (CLICK)LeadingAgain here, the same holds true in leadership. In “The Five Dysfunctions of Team, Patrick Lencioni first talks about the “Absence of Trust” dysfunction. “It is only when team members are truly comfortable being exposed to one another, that they can begin to act without concern for protecting themselves. As a result, they can focus their energy and effort completely on the job at hand.” A Pinnacle leader must work to establish this level of trust, and practice it themselves, by delegating important responsibilities. In doing this, the leader will move the team in the “Performing” stage, as theorized by Bruce Tuckman, where “hard work leads directly to progress toward the shared vision”. (CLICK)
  • The fourth crux of leadership- Adaptability (CLICK)
  • ClimbingWhen taking on a new climb, things will not always go according to plan, especially outdoors. The elements will change, and a route that looked good from the ground, make not look as good when you are in the middle of it. Climbers need to be able to adapt, and change direction when necessary. Rely on the support around you, to give you a different perspective on handling the “problem”. (CLICK)LeadingHersey’s “Situational Leadership” model talks about adjusting our leadership style to fit different people and scenarios- Supporting and Coaching team members with wavering commitment, Empowering and Directing those with high commitment. The Democratic Leadership Style in Goleman’s “Leadership That Gets Results”, discusses seeking outside perspective when challenges arise. As leaders, we must be able to swallow our ego, and be open to the fact that others may have better ideas to solve a given problem, which we may not have thought of. (CLICK)
  • Three- The willingness to push yourself (CLICK)
  • ClimbingIn climbing, many people get comfortable with there established skill level, and are hesitant to take on new challenges. This prevents them from growth, even though they are capable of more than they know. (CLICK)Leading“Situational Leadership”, as well as the article discussing the Norming and Performing stages, both reference this aspect of leadership. A leader must continue to push themselves, and the team, to full potential. New responsibilities must be taken on, and delegated, new goals set, or the team will stagnate, linger in the “Norming” stage, and fail to reach peak performance. (CLICK)
  • Crux Number Two- Get Outside your Comfort Zone (CLICK)
  • ClimbingTwo keys to climbing are flexibility and balance. You can get your body into a lot of awkward positions while climbing, (splits, lay-backs. etc.) but trying those different positions will ultimately help you reach your goal. (CLICK)LeadingFlexibility will also serve us well in leadership. We must be open to studying psychological types outside our own. I am an ENFJ type, so I have my own specific tendencies and reactions. Even though it might feel awkward and un-natural at times, we have to be knowledgeable of how other personality types might react in those same situations. This will help us understand how to better communicate within the team. It will also open us up to react to challenges in new ways, which may be more effective than our own. (CLICK)
  • And finally, Crux Number One towards reaching your leadership Pinnacle- Help Others to Reach their goals. (CLICK)
  • ClimbingFinally and most importantly, You can’t get to the top of your most rewarding climbs, without help from others. Climbers are quick to pay back, and pay forward, when they have been helped by others. It can be lonely at the top when you are up there by yourself. Standing at the precipice is much more rewarding when you have others there with you. (CLICK)LeadingThe reading that struck a chord most with me, in developing my leadership philosophy, was Greenleaf’s “Servant Leadership” concept. “The great leader is first experienced as a servant to others, and that simple fact is central to the leader's greatness. True leadership emerges from those whose primary motivation is a deep desire to help others.“True leaders are selfless, and are invested in the success of others, as much, if not more than their own. Transformational Leaders who leave behind lasting legacies: Martin Luther King, Jr., JFK, John Wooden, do so not because of the level they reached themselves, but for how much value they placed in helping others better their lives, both personally and professionally. (CLICK)
  • To review, here again are the 9 Steps that will help us to achieve a Leadership Legacy. As we return to work, the demands on our time will ramp up again. My hope is that, through this illustrtion` today, these pillars of leadership will come to mind more easily. This will, in turn, spark thought on how we can improve in each area, in order to reach our full potential, and help other do the same.
  • To wrap up, I’ll leave you with my personal leadership philosophy…which is: (CLICK) We will leave a leadership legacy by defining success not only through our ability to reach our own goals, but through our ability to help others reach theirs….Thank you.
  • The Leadership Pinnacle

    1. 1. The Leadership Pinnacle<br />Joseph Kessenich<br />Ohio University Center for Sports Administration<br />
    2. 2. The Crux of Leadership<br />9 Crucial Steps to Reach Your Pinnacle:<br />Put Together the Right <br /> Tools/Team<br />Set Your Route- Establish a Clear Vision <br />7. Thorough Communication <br />Confidence<br />5. Trust in Others<br />4. Be Adaptable<br />3. Push Yourself<br />2. Get Outside Your Comfort Zone<br />Help Others Reach Their Goals<br />
    3. 3. 9.<br />Putting Together the Right Tools /Team<br />
    4. 4. 9.Putting Together the Right Tools/Team<br />Climbing<br /><ul><li>Make sure to have the tools you need
    5. 5. Always have a back up</li></ul>Leading<br /><ul><li>Assemble a complementary team
    6. 6. Understand different MBTI Types,
    7. 7. “Build the Bench”</li></li></ul><li>8.<br />Set Your Route- Establish a Clear Vision<br />
    8. 8. 8. Set the Route- Establish a Clear Vision<br />Climbing<br /><ul><li>Survey the path before you climb, & Visualize how you reach the top
    9. 9. Let others know the plan</li></ul>Leading<br /><ul><li>Establish goals, & a Clear vision for achievement
    10. 10. Communicate your vision to those involved</li></li></ul><li>7.<br />Thorough Communication<br />
    11. 11. 7. Thorough Communication<br />Climbing<br /><ul><li>Teams are communicating every step of the way
    12. 12. Use “Calls” for efficiency </li></ul>Leading<br /><ul><li>Effective communication is vital
    13. 13. Use feedback to help see the broader picture</li></li></ul><li>6.<br />Display Confidence<br />
    14. 14. 6. Display Confidence<br />Climbing<br /><ul><li>Believe in your abilities
    15. 15. Without confidence, a climb will end quickly. </li></ul>Leading<br /><ul><li>Project consistent confidence in yourself, and your vision
    16. 16. If confidence wavers, others will not fully buy in</li></li></ul><li>5.<br />Trust in Others<br />
    17. 17. 5. Trust in Others<br />Climbing<br /><ul><li>Trust the “Belayer”
    18. 18. They have your life in their hands.</li></ul>Leading<br /><ul><li>Establish trust within the team
    19. 19. Delegate major responsibilities to those who are prepared </li></li></ul><li>4.<br />Be Adaptable<br />
    20. 20. 4. Be Adaptable<br />Climbing<br /><ul><li>Take what comes, and adapt
    21. 21. Things will not always go as planned</li></ul>Leading<br /><ul><li>Be flexible in adjusting your style
    22. 22. When challenges arise, others may have a better perspective</li></li></ul><li>3.<br />Push Yourself<br />
    23. 23. 3. Push Yourself<br />Climbing<br /><ul><li>Take on new challenges, or you will never get better</li></ul>Leading<br /><ul><li>Don’t allow yourself, or the team, to stagnate
    24. 24. Keep pushing to reach for new goals</li></li></ul><li>2.<br />Get Outside Your Comfort Zone<br />
    25. 25. 2.Get Outside Your Comfort Zone<br />Climbing<br /><ul><li>Get yourself in awkward positions
    26. 26. Become a stronger, more flexible, and a more complete climber.</li></ul>Leading<br /><ul><li>Study other Psychological Types
    27. 27. Look to implement traits of other Types, when useful</li></li></ul><li>1.<br />Help Other Reach Their Goals<br />
    28. 28. 1. Help Others Reach Their Goals<br />Climbing<br /><ul><li>You can’t get to the top without help from others
    29. 29. Pay it forward</li></ul>Leading<br /><ul><li>Be Selfless
    30. 30. Enjoy contributing to others’ success, as much, if not more than your own.</li></li></ul><li>9 Crucial Steps-Review<br />Put Together the Right Tools/Team<br />Set Your Route- Establish a <br /> Clear Vision<br />7. Thorough Communication <br />6. Confidence<br />5. Trust in Others<br />4. Be Adaptable<br />3. Push Yourself<br />2. Get Outside Your Comfort Zone<br />Help Others Reach Their <br />Goals<br />
    31. 31. Leaving A Leadership Legacy<br />We will leave a leadership legacy by defining success not only through our ability to reach our own goals, but through our ability to help others reach theirs…<br />