Leading ourselves before we attempt to lead others

August 18, 2019

Leadership is a subject filled with many varying opinions yet, for now, let’s consider the idea of ‘leading ourselves before we attempt to lead others’.

Taking up the responsibility to organize all those elements of our life directly under our control is a form of leading ourselves before we attempt to lead others. It is a way of demonstrating, firstly to ourselves and secondly to others, we are capable of leading.

Once we become accustomed to leading ourselves before we attempt to lead others, the subsequent step of leading others will occur naturally. We shouldn’t be afraid to defend our efforts, especially in the face of those who accuse us of putting our own interests first.

With our own ‘house in order’, we can begin the task of attempting to lead others.

As the issue of leadership is indeed so vast, your input on the idea of leading ourselves before we attempt to lead others would be most welcomed. Accordingly, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

Thanks in advance and thanks also for taking time to read this ‘Leading ourselves before we attempt to lead others’ post today.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches an International graduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related leadership and performance matters.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

Curious? You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Leadership

December 31, 2014

Leadership seagull

Leadership is only a lonely role if we fail to inspire others to join us on the journey to success.” #bgdtcoaching.

Many books have been written regarding leadership and success. Three of my favourites are: The Leader’s Way by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Laurens Van Den Muyzenberg, Winning! by Clive Woodward and Focus: the hidden driver of excellence by Daniel Goleman.

That said, leadership can be viewed from numerous other perspectives, so right now let’s look at three of these.

– Leading from the front

This is a form of leadership in which our actions inspire and encourage others to give their best. Such leading by example is, of course, contrary to the old idea that maybe had as its motto “Do as I say, not as I do”.

– Leading from the back

This, in the sense referred to here, relates to the notion of empowering others to be themselves in order to achieve shared objectives. We may guide them, yet the actions are theirs. This hands-off approach to leadership functions to the extent we are able to step away from wanting to control everything and trust others to get things done successfully using their skills and abilities.

– Leading as we would like to be led

This kind of leadership is a heartfelt strategy, one with the potential to produce extraordinary results for all. If a situation is to our liking why not extend it to others? From the other side of the coin, why should we impose a type of behaviour on others we ourselves find unacceptable?

Three leadership strategies, hopefully giving us something to think about as we end this year.

Thanks for connecting here today and Happy 2015.

Brian.

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


20 leadership questions

August 14, 2014

20

“Asking 20 leadership questions of ourselves presupposes we will listen to the answers.” #bgdtcoaching.

20 leadership questions: an opportunity to ponder various issues without the stress of having to justify your answers to anyone but perhaps yourself.

01. To what extent are you following your heart right now?
02. What does your answer to question 01 tell you?
03. To date, what has been your biggest success, at work and elsewhere?
04. What else do you what to achieve in your personal/professional life?
05. What would you gain from reaching your desired objectives?
06. What steps have you already taken to reach your goals?
07. What steps have you been putting off taking?
08. Why?
09. What are you gaining from not taking these steps?
10. What is your greatest leadership strength?
11. And your weakest point?
12. How would it be if the items in questions 10 and 11 were reversed?
13. To what extent are the folk in your ‘circle of influence’ being themselves rather than copies of you?
14. If you were to stop all your activities, who would continue with them?
15. What does your answer to question 14 tell you?
16. How would you define fulfillment?
17. How fulfilled do you feel at present?
18. What more are you willing to do to expand your fulfillment by 10%?
19. What would change if you achieved this increase?
20. How willing are you to undertake the action noted in question 18?

Thanks for looking at these 20 leadership questions. If you feel it could be beneficial to discuss your answers during a coaching session via Skype, please get in touch.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bgdtcoaching/the-bgdtcoaching-space

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


Leadership

September 24, 2012

Ducks

“Management is about arranging and telling.

Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing”

 Tom Peters.

Leadership is a field of study too vast for a fair covering in a few lines right now. Instead I’d like to just reflect upon leadership from a personal perspective, with a nod of thanks to a good friend who although nameless here deserves public recognition.

Looking both inwardly and outwardly, outlining a vision and putting the pieces together for it to be brought to life are key tasks of any leader, whether an individual looking at one’s own life or career, or a creator of a global conglomerate.

The person I have in mind approached this matter with other seemingly often overlooked inputs: “What will make both me and my family happy?” and “To what extent am I prepared to pay the price required to achieve the objective?”

By asking and answering these questions the steps of leadership were taken with as much awareness of ‘the why am I doing this’ as possible, even if at times ‘the how’ was blurred.

Having recently had the opportunity of meeting some of the person’s staff, it seems the team’s needs were also factored into the leadership equation as the vision took shape. Perhaps this is the secret, all stakeholders really are treated as equals by the leader concerned.

Leadership built on inclusion and collaboration, openness and authenticity. Textbook stuff maybe, yet rarely experienced in operation. That such leaders exist bodes well for Society 2.0. The example is, of course, only of one person but then leadership invariably is all about one person.

To share your input and ideas on the issue of leadership in today’s world, please leave a comment below.

Kindest regards.

Brian.
http://www.bgdtcoaching.com/


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