Standing Shoulder to Shoulder

August 24, 2015 at 6:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell

Perplexity washed over her whole body as she stood to make her teams next move. Others had paused briefly with uncertainty before their moves but perceived complexity had definitely just ramped up as the activity progressed. Connections, possibilities, rules, previous problem solving experience, considerations, choices, observations, individual and team responsibilities, and expectations were all unfolding in real time for all to see. These are the moments that I love as a facilitator. What would happen next?

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader

Courageously, compassionately and humbly a team mate entered the playing space on their own judgement. Standing shoulder to shoulder, with an arm around her back, she gently offered guidance (without using words) through pointing out an option that her friend may of been unable to see in that moment. Her actions were not intimidatory, disempowering or unwarranted. An appropriate amount of time had been left for her teammate to work through the challenge by herself. The pre explained activity group expectations were being worked within. The final choice was still left to the participant responsible for making it. And an extremely powerful teachable moment was experienced by us all.

“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.” – Warren Bennis

This scene that I have described happened just under two weeks ago within a L.E.A.D. with Courage™: Stage 3 Leaders Program day. It is a privilege to witness scenes like this one, each occasion sees each participant make real the actions, roles and purpose of leadership. We believe and strive to embody through our program experiences that, ‘Leadership is a purposeful journey that utilises a combination of developing skills, attitude and behaviours, and is courageously practiced daily by individuals and groups through their thoughts, words and actions’. It is definitely each individuals and groups authentic ownership, processing and application of their ability to make a difference in their own and others lives that is most important to us.

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” – Harvey S. Firestone

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