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Cracking The ‘Leadership Shadow’ Code
How to Influence Teams and Impact Workplace Culture
“ All leaders cast a shadow. The
question is whether yours is
blocking the sun or inspiring
others with its silhouette to
strive for more.
Brad Smith
President, Microsoft
As a leader, do you ever wonder how you’re
perceived by others?
Being a leader means that everything you do or say
is seen and heard by the people you lead.
So, what messages are you sending and how are
these perceived?
Read more: Cracking The Transformational Leadership Code Deck
The Concept of Leadership Shadow
The concept of Leadership Shadow, coined by
Goldman Sachs delves into the unconscious
aspects of your personality as a leader, that
silently guides decisions, actions and shapes
your leadership style.
It also impacts organisational dynamics and
holds transformative power when approached
with creativity and self-awareness.
Read more on leadership: Essentials of Leadership
Leadership shadow refers to the
unconscious aspects of a leader's
personality that influence their behaviour
and decision-making.
It includes leadership attributes, habits, and
tendencies that are often hidden from the
leader's self-awareness that impact their
leadership style.
What Leadership Shadow
means…
The leadership shadow model is more than a
directive to follow; it serves as a guiding
framework, empowering you to extend
influence systematically across your team and
organisation.
The model is built around four (4) elements.
The Leadership Shadow Model
The
Leadership
Model
Communication plays a critical role
in shaping a leader's shadow. Your
word choices, voice tone, and the
overall messaging contribute to
the impact of the shadow.
What You Say and How
You Communicate
Your organisational priorities also
reflect a shadow. For example,
priorities like integrity, employee
welfare, or certain values influences
the organisational ethos.
What You Prioritise
Actions speak louder than words.
Both positive and negative
behaviours form a leader's shadow,
as employees take clues from them,
likely setting the tone for
organisational culture.
How You Act
Your metrics for evaluating success
define what gets rewarded,
acknowledged, or emphasised.
This aspect of the shadow shapes
the organisational focus.
How You Measure Success
Read more: Cracking The Collaborative Leadership Code
The Leadership Shadow Model
A Leadership Shadow serves as a powerful tool for
modelling a desired behaviour within your organisation.
It requires that you embody your values and becomes a
source of inspiration when you consistently align your
actions with stated principles. This creates a culture of
authenticity and accountability.
The Role of a Leadership
Shadow
Building an effective Leadership Shadow requires introspection, continuous learning, and a
commitment to growth. Here are seven (7) actionable strategies you can implement to improve or
develop your leadership shadow.
Read more: 10 Key Leadership Development Tips for Exceptional Leaders
Strategies To Develop The Right Leadership Shadow
01
Assess Your
Current
Leadership
Style
Seek Honest
Feedback
Enhance
Communication
Skills
Set Clear
Goals and
Expectations
Create a
Positive
Work
Environment
Stay Updated
on Industry
Developments
Seek
Leadership
Development
Opportunities
01
Assess Your
Current
Leadership
Style
01
Reflect on past experiences and
assess the effectiveness of your
leadership style. Understand
the correlation between your
actions and desired results.
Identify areas for improvement
in leadership skills.
Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
01
Seek Honest
Feedback
02
Actively seek feedback from peers,
employees, or mentors.
Constructive feedback provides
valuable insights into how people
perceive your leadership and where
to make necessary adjustments.
Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
01
Enhance
Communication
Skills
03
Invest in improving your
communication skills. Active
listening, clarity, adaptability in
communication styles, and
constructive feedback contribute
to your leadership shadow.
Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
01
Set Clear
Goals and
Expectations
04
Clearly articulate expectations
and goals to build accountability.
Leading by example ensures that
your shadow reflects the values
and objectives you prioritise.
Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
01
Create a
Positive
Work
Environment
05
Cultivate a positive work
environment that encourages
risk taking and idea-sharing.
Fostering such an environment
ensures that your leadership
shadow inspires a sense of
security and belonging.
Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
01
Stay Updated
on Industry
Developments
06
Stay informed about the
latest industry trends to lead
effectively. Constant learning,
agility and adaptation to
change demonstrate to your
team the importance of
staying ahead of the curve.
Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
01
Seek
Leadership
Development
Opportunities
07
Seek leadership development
opportunities such as courses,
workshops, or mentorship
programmes. Continuous learning
enhances leadership skills and
contributes to the positive
projection of your shadow.
Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
• Charismatic
• Adaptable
• Strategic
• Pragmatic
• Influential
• Persistent
• Flexible
• Kind
Being an effective shadow leader means having a considerable impact. Your words and
actions significantly impact employees, workplace culture, and the teams you lead.
Qualities of an Effective Shadow Leader
Your leadership shadow shapes your team and is vital to the
success of your organisation.
By understanding the principles to improve on your shadow
or effectively develop one, you can shape a positive work
culture and promote collaboration and business growth
While any of the seven-point strategies can improve your
leadership shadow, one vital element that helps you build
influence on your teams is by investing in your development
through customised leadership training programmes.
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Cracking the Leadership Shadow Code.pptx

  • 1. Cracking The ‘Leadership Shadow’ Code How to Influence Teams and Impact Workplace Culture
  • 2. “ All leaders cast a shadow. The question is whether yours is blocking the sun or inspiring others with its silhouette to strive for more. Brad Smith President, Microsoft
  • 3. As a leader, do you ever wonder how you’re perceived by others? Being a leader means that everything you do or say is seen and heard by the people you lead. So, what messages are you sending and how are these perceived? Read more: Cracking The Transformational Leadership Code Deck
  • 4. The Concept of Leadership Shadow The concept of Leadership Shadow, coined by Goldman Sachs delves into the unconscious aspects of your personality as a leader, that silently guides decisions, actions and shapes your leadership style. It also impacts organisational dynamics and holds transformative power when approached with creativity and self-awareness. Read more on leadership: Essentials of Leadership
  • 5. Leadership shadow refers to the unconscious aspects of a leader's personality that influence their behaviour and decision-making. It includes leadership attributes, habits, and tendencies that are often hidden from the leader's self-awareness that impact their leadership style. What Leadership Shadow means…
  • 6. The leadership shadow model is more than a directive to follow; it serves as a guiding framework, empowering you to extend influence systematically across your team and organisation. The model is built around four (4) elements. The Leadership Shadow Model
  • 7. The Leadership Model Communication plays a critical role in shaping a leader's shadow. Your word choices, voice tone, and the overall messaging contribute to the impact of the shadow. What You Say and How You Communicate Your organisational priorities also reflect a shadow. For example, priorities like integrity, employee welfare, or certain values influences the organisational ethos. What You Prioritise Actions speak louder than words. Both positive and negative behaviours form a leader's shadow, as employees take clues from them, likely setting the tone for organisational culture. How You Act Your metrics for evaluating success define what gets rewarded, acknowledged, or emphasised. This aspect of the shadow shapes the organisational focus. How You Measure Success Read more: Cracking The Collaborative Leadership Code The Leadership Shadow Model
  • 8. A Leadership Shadow serves as a powerful tool for modelling a desired behaviour within your organisation. It requires that you embody your values and becomes a source of inspiration when you consistently align your actions with stated principles. This creates a culture of authenticity and accountability. The Role of a Leadership Shadow
  • 9. Building an effective Leadership Shadow requires introspection, continuous learning, and a commitment to growth. Here are seven (7) actionable strategies you can implement to improve or develop your leadership shadow. Read more: 10 Key Leadership Development Tips for Exceptional Leaders
  • 10. Strategies To Develop The Right Leadership Shadow 01 Assess Your Current Leadership Style Seek Honest Feedback Enhance Communication Skills Set Clear Goals and Expectations Create a Positive Work Environment Stay Updated on Industry Developments Seek Leadership Development Opportunities
  • 11. 01 Assess Your Current Leadership Style 01 Reflect on past experiences and assess the effectiveness of your leadership style. Understand the correlation between your actions and desired results. Identify areas for improvement in leadership skills. Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
  • 12. 01 Seek Honest Feedback 02 Actively seek feedback from peers, employees, or mentors. Constructive feedback provides valuable insights into how people perceive your leadership and where to make necessary adjustments. Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
  • 13. 01 Enhance Communication Skills 03 Invest in improving your communication skills. Active listening, clarity, adaptability in communication styles, and constructive feedback contribute to your leadership shadow. Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
  • 14. 01 Set Clear Goals and Expectations 04 Clearly articulate expectations and goals to build accountability. Leading by example ensures that your shadow reflects the values and objectives you prioritise. Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
  • 15. 01 Create a Positive Work Environment 05 Cultivate a positive work environment that encourages risk taking and idea-sharing. Fostering such an environment ensures that your leadership shadow inspires a sense of security and belonging. Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
  • 16. 01 Stay Updated on Industry Developments 06 Stay informed about the latest industry trends to lead effectively. Constant learning, agility and adaptation to change demonstrate to your team the importance of staying ahead of the curve. Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
  • 17. 01 Seek Leadership Development Opportunities 07 Seek leadership development opportunities such as courses, workshops, or mentorship programmes. Continuous learning enhances leadership skills and contributes to the positive projection of your shadow. Strategies To Improve Your Leadership Shadow
  • 18. • Charismatic • Adaptable • Strategic • Pragmatic • Influential • Persistent • Flexible • Kind Being an effective shadow leader means having a considerable impact. Your words and actions significantly impact employees, workplace culture, and the teams you lead. Qualities of an Effective Shadow Leader
  • 19. Your leadership shadow shapes your team and is vital to the success of your organisation. By understanding the principles to improve on your shadow or effectively develop one, you can shape a positive work culture and promote collaboration and business growth
  • 20. While any of the seven-point strategies can improve your leadership shadow, one vital element that helps you build influence on your teams is by investing in your development through customised leadership training programmes. If you’re ready to enhance your chance of success and create a brand that will help you build the right culture in your organisation, then talk to us today. Kindly view our customised training courses or reach out to us by sending an email to hello@workforcegroup.com. Scale the advantage…
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