Most leadership programs teach knowledge. But a lack of knowledge isn’t the problem most leaders face. The true challenge of leadership is practical: When you’re outside the classroom – in real life – do you have the courage to take risky actions? Do you build relationships with difficult people? Are you willing to commit to a big idea? At the Bregman Leadership School, people aren’t filled with concepts, they’re driven to act.
Some things I believe about leadership
Leadership is context specific. Have you ever wondered why someone can be a great leader at one company, and then utterly fail in another? Leadership is never in a vacuum. There are very few generalities that apply universally to leadership. It’s not about teaching truths, it’s about leveraging the best of who a person is to the environment and mandate.
What’s your industry? What are your organization’s most pressing priorities? What’s your company’s recent history? Who are your colleagues on the leadership team? What are the challenges your employees are facing? What’s the culture? Where are you in the hierarchy? What are your particular strengths,weaknesses, differences, and passions? These are just some of the questions that will determine what successful leadership looks like in your particular situation.
Even in a group setting, our leadership work is unique to each individual person, situation, and particular organization.
Leadership is about taking risky actions. Sitting in the safety of a classroom thinking about leadership doesn’t help people become better leaders. The real challenge of leadership is the challenge of behavior, not intellect. Of making, following through on, and learning from hard choices and complex decisions.
When push comes to shove are you willing to take the difficult and risky actions necessary to grow your organizations? Are you willing to take a risk hiring someone senior? Are you willing to commit to a big idea? Are you willing to push a risky strategy through to execution?
Our leadership work focuses on taking difficult actions over time, with support and challenge, inside and outside the classroom.
Leadership is personal. There is little difference between who you are as a person and who you are as a professional. Leaders bring their whole selves to work and are adept at managing all different aspects of themselves. It’s not just a mental challenge, it’s emotional and physical and even spiritual too.
Do you know what you are feeling at any given moment? When you feel strongly about someone or something, are you able to unpack the emotion? To identify what’s going on and distinguish between a trigger and useful data? Do you know your limits and move through your activities with energy and presence?
There is nothing about you that’s off limits in our leadership work.
Leadership is about relationships. Your ability to lead is directly related to your ability to connect with others, inspire them, and motivate their action. Leaders know how to develop the kinds of relationships that build loyalty and commitment in those around them.
Do you trust yourself enough to act courageously? Do you accept and appreciate others as they are, bringing out their best without trying to fundamentally change them? Are you willing to be vulnerable? Are you committed more to the collective than you are to your own interests?
Our leadership School operates in a group setting so participants can experiment with, gain insight from, and be challenged by their colleagues in real ways.
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