Learning Powerful Leadership Lessons through Cinema
Imagine if you had the skills to actualize your passion to lead. How much difference could you create in your environment?
We know that real leaders could make a significant difference to organizations, and to individuals. Unfortunately, not everybody is excited about becoming a much better leader. Far too many of them simply don’t ‘get it’.
Business skills, alone, are not nearly sufficient in today’s hyper-competitive world.
This reality was made clear to me in a significant leadership advancement program I participated in as an instructor a number of years ago. Sitting in the large meeting room at the initial gathering, I was struck by how much most of the supervisors’ concentration was on what they considered as their ‘day-to-day work’—not on becoming a much better leader. We could supply exceptional leadership training, but, if we didn’t motivate people to alter their behavior, it would certainly all be for nothing.
Where to Locate Motivation
My realization on where to find motivation came when I was asked to participate in a leadership seminar series. The organizers wanted me to create an environment that was conducive to learning, as well as entertaining, in a way that would certainly assist everyone in “getting it”. My answer? Film and video clips!
After a highly successful seminar I gave in which I used film clips to reinforce key learning points I understood that well-chosen clips (or full-length features) from quality movies were an excellent vehicle for teaching and motivating leaders:
• They stimulate attentiveness and generate discussion. • They use stories and narratives, among the most powerful for transforming performance. • They highlight different leadership activities in a fascinating way. • They may feature a few of the past’s most famous leaders, like Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy. • It is easy to discover ideas for movies that project leadership—if you can’t think of any quickly, ask your close friends or search the Web, and you’ll locate a lot of ideas. Time permitting, I prefer to have the audience view the entire movie in one sitting, in a discovering context. However short, self-contained scenes which present role models of leadership or management behavior can be extremely efficient.
How Being a Better Leader is Good for You and the Company
When good leadership exists in your company, it permeates the entire organization. Good leadership doesn’t force a corporate culture—instead, it is guided and developed. Real communication is encouraged, regular, and open.
People both inside and outside the company understand the vision and goals of the organization, and, even more important to the growth of the company, everyone has input into how it can be made better. Employees understand that they are an important part of the whole and that every position matters within the company.
Choices for promotions and bonuses are based on selecting skilled people of integrity whose talents and knowledge best fit the positions. Employees are encouraged to set goals to get ahead, and they understand that their colleagues are not the enemy: they realize that by helping their coworkers succeed is the best way to get ahead, themselves. The result of good leadership is high morale, good employee retention, and sustainable, long-term success.
Getting Good at Leadership
I will provide effective team communication and structure that is important for forging relationships equipping your team with the proper attitudes to develop leaders within. We will work through goal-setting and communication exercises to bring cohesiveness to your group, ultimately increasing productivity due to the positive influences each member will have on the group as a whole.
There is synergy of energy, commitment and excitement that participants bring to a mastermind group. My facilitated “Think Tanks” offer a combination of masterminding, peer brainstorming, education, accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. By bringing fresh ideas and a different perspective, my masterminds can help you achieve success.
Key Benefits of a “Think Tank” Group: • Increase your own experience and confidence. • Sharpen your business and personal skills. • Add an instant and valuable support network. • Get honest feedback, advice, and brainstorm new ideas. • Learn from the experience and skills of the other members. • Study leadership, communications, and growth principles/practices in a group setting, create an action plan, and have the group hold you accountable for fulfilling your plan and goals. • Receive critical insights into yourself. • Receive optimistic peer support to help you maintain a positive mental attitude. • Come away with a sense of shared endeavor – there are others who think like me out there, and we can help one another!
An excellent change of pace and business leadership learning experience for a management team, conference, or organization looking for a new shared group experience!
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My coaching involves the ability to understand you: to think how you think and understand your perspective. From this benchmark, I will place another perspective on top of yours – stretching and growing you to gently see a more empowering way. As a certified coach, I can see what you are going through now and what is up ahead. Coaching is foreseeing, paving the way, coming alongside you while helping you achieve goals and overcome limiting paradigms.
I offer two levels of coaching support:
Individual Coaching – Individual coaching is conducted through one-on-one private and confidential coaching. When I am working with you one-on-one, it is my highest objective to help you reach your purpose, vision and goals by working through John Maxwell’s programs specific to your needs. Together, we will create a strategic, powerful plan for you to gain clarity through a weekly process, including interaction and accountability. Some of the questions you will be able to answer through individual coaching include: • What are you doing to invest in yourself? • What are you doing to invest in others?
Group Coaching – Group coaching is conducted in a small onsite setting or via webinar and video technology. When I am working in a group setting, having the entire group’s input magnifies the richness of the discussions and results in developing solutions that are above and beyond what any individual can create. The cohesive bond that is formed empowers each person to develop the leader within and shine in a safe environment that nurtures the group as a whole. It is an experience unlike any other and follows the same premise as an academic think tank.
Great Coaching Bring Out the Best Leader in You and Those Around You
Why would anyone choose to follow you? Is every contact you have with associates so appropriate that they want to have another contact with you? Why not find out?
The interpersonal communication climate leaders create greatly impacts the performance of those around them and the perception customers hold of their team and business. Leaders need to exemplify the principles and processes of personal and interpersonal mastery, so that they unlock the potential in their associates.
Benefits of One-on-One Leadership Coaching One-on-one coaching is tailored to the needs of the individual leader. Some things you might be able to expect include:
• Meeting with a leader to discuss their goals for the coaching and process to be used.
• Using the assessment feedback on leader — strengths, areas for improvement, and overall interpersonal communication climate.
• Analyzing and integrating feedback.
• Giving confidential feedback to leader and identify patterns.
• Identifying the leader’s vision.
• Developing a specific and measurable action plan.
• Regular planned coaching/training over 12 months.
• Conduct leadership interviews to measure progress (optional).
You will learn how to: • Increase your own productivity and the productivity of your associates. • Improve your self-concept and self-management skills. • Increase customer retention.
Program Details – Information gathered in all coaching and interview sessions is completely confidential. A written report is provided for the leader (coachee) only. The coaching model used has a proven track record and is reviewed with the leader seeking coaching prior to beginning the process. The program is customized for each client, depending on desire and/or needs, progress made, and time between sessions.
Leadership is influence. To grow in leadership, one must grow in influence, and this tool is designed to garner feedback from you and others around you to identify areas and opportunities for your leadership growth.
The Full-View Leadership Assessment Measures Following the Five Levels of Leadership model, the assessment measures 64 attributes that assess an individual on the attributes that help leaders have success at each level: • Position – The leadership attributes included in this section focus on trustworthiness and commitment. • Permission – The leadership attributes included in this section focus on relational abilities and interpersonal skills. • Production – The leadership attributes included in this section focus on getting results individually, organizationally, and as a team. • People Development – The leadership attributes included in this section focus on reproducing and developing your skills in others. • Pinnacle – The leadership attributes included in this section focus on who you are as a leader over time, your awareness of yourself and others.
Features of the Leadership Assessment • Measurements on 64 leadership attributes. • Complete anonymity for all rater feedback, including scores and written comments to ensure rater engagement, excluding direct manager scores. • Unlimited number of raters. • Feedback compiled into a full-color, easy-to-read report. • The ability to see results on an overall basis as well as split out by rater type. • Leadership attributes summary at the end of the report that lists all items ranked from highest to lowest, based on overall average score. • Written comments provided by your raters listed in an unedited form. • Category scores in the areas of Position, Permission, Production, People Development, and Pinnacle from The 5 Levels of Leadership.
Benefits of the Leadership Assessment • One fantastic benefit of doing a leadership management assessment (if it is done well) is the understanding. A second advantage is the regard gained from associates when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable by approving the viewpoints of others, also anonymously.
• A solid leader can share her understanding from others and also ask for their assistance. For example, someone might share that she found out that individuals do not believe she is totally engaged in meetings and that she is trying to improve in this area, so she might say to her group, “I want to know and will certainly appreciate if you feel I’m not paying attention”.
• Executives who go through leadership assessments also open the door for critical talks in the future. When an executive has actually shared that they are trying to improve their leadership skills, and that they value comments, this opens the door to trust and teamwork.
• Many times, months after I have actually done an assessment with someone, who has gone back to work and freely accepted feedback from their team, that same person is better able to sit down with an individual in their group and state, “Now, I am better able to assist you. Let’s discuss something that will help you grow and improve”.
• When an executive works with the outcomes of their leadership analysis, the impact is transmittable. That the leader is striving for continuous self and group improvement is motivating to those around them— and isn’t that really that what we all should be doing, individually and as a group?
I do not believe it is coincidental that the most successful leaders that I’ve worked with in recent years have all done assessments. These leaders understand that they can consistently improve and have also demonstrated how to aim to be their ideal.
Even when just one exec in a business shows leadership by being willing to discover exactly how they are viewed and how they can improve, this could have a significant impact— not just on their own leadership, but also on the attitude and functioning of their employees.
There isn’t a more powerful way for a leader to become more effective within their organization. By doing a self -leadership assessment and encouraging the other leaders in your organization to do the same, you the financial investment in yourself and your team offers benefits that can be felt for years to come.
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Know Your Strengths and Talents
Being a leader presents many hurdles and will test your abilities. One of the most valuable assets you can have as a leader is to be self-aware.
The benefits to achieving this state of self-understanding include:
Focusing on your strengths. While you can be competent in several areas, no one is great at everything. Self-awareness allows you to focus your time and energy on what you are good at. After all, successful people know to play to their strengths.
Getting the best out of your team. Many organizations are full of very skilled and talented people, many of whom are never ever fully or properly utilized. One of your greatest assets will be learning how to figure out where others excel and get them focusing on what they do best.
Becoming adaptable. Leadership is not something that comes with a step-by-step formula. It is both an art and a science. You accept that you will make mistakes and you learn from them. Learning and reflection enables you to adapt. The best leaders are highly skilled at adapting to the situations as presented.
Learning how to plan before acting. Options are a great thing, if you know how to choose them. Good leaders know this and will choose their reaction and options to take others’ viewpoints into account.
The bottom line: The truth is that raising your levels of self-awareness raises your level of leadership. It makes an enormous difference to the success you achieve. So what is your first step?
To help you to assess where you excel and where you perhaps need to develop yourself, I walk clients through a leadership assessment process that helps bring much more clarity to both personal and business goals, as well as laying out their best path of growth to becoming a dramatically better leader.
A few of the topics explored:
• Leadership qualities and attributes. • How to successfully transition to leadership. • Developing as a leader. • Delivering great results as a leader. • Leading people and teams. • Leading change. • Getting your message across.
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