“Becoming a Leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.” Warren Bennis
Most managers have reached their positions because they have been very good at what they do, technical experts. Leadership, as we know, requires more than this, for example: setting the direction, inspiring the team, operating with emotional intelligence and creating the conditions for success.
It is a requirement of the limbic [ie emotionally intelligent], leader that they:
*Connect * Be courageous *Be clever enough *Walk own talk * Inspire others into action *Be worthy of following [Brown et al 2009]
I have worked on many leadership development programmes which have used a variety of models and approaches to explore what leadership is and how to develop it in individuals. Ultimately I believe the work I do with people is to help them develop themselves authentically. They work to achieve what is valued as a leader in their organisation in thier own authentic way. In part the work is to develop helpful personal strategies to face and overcome their set of challenges and work to leverage their strengths in the organisational context within which they operate. The development of leaders that are trusted and respected requires individuals to be self-aware to ensure that their intention matches the impact they are having on people and the environment around them.
"Leadership and learning are indispensible to eachother" Part of the speech John F. Kennedy was due to deliver in Dallas the day of his assassination.
"...And as we let our own light shine, we unconsiously give other people permission to do the same..." Marion Williamson, read by Nelson Mandela as part of his inaugural speech.