Being & Doing
Our view of leadership development is fundamentally tied to our beliefs around human development. Human development must include two concepts: the being and the doing. The being is the inner work, the self-reflection, gaining self-awareness, answering the question ‘who am I?’ The doing are the intentional actions we take as a result of our being work. Both are necessary for growth. This leadership development program includes components of both.
Horizontal & Vertical Development
Both horizontal learning and development (skill building) and vertical learning and development (new ways of thinking: thinking in more complex, systemic, strategic, and interdependent ways) are critical to leadership transformation. Horizontal development has been compared to pouring water, new techniques, into the same old container. The container is your mind. Vertical development changes the container. Traditionally, leadership programs have focused mainly on horizontal development. Transformation comes with the addition of vertical development.
In utilizing vertical development, we are helping individuals develop their foundation of their leadership. Subsequent leadership programs the individuals participate in will benefit from this foundation. The skills the participants learn in subsequent trainings will be better internalized and more easily applied. The foundational learning of this program will have far reaching impacts over the course of the leader’s career.
We need to shift the development from the company’s owning employee development to empowering employees to own their own development.
Leadership development can no longer be a point in time training. It needs to shift to a continuous, interactive, collaborative and connected journey. It is a developmental process, not a singular event. This journey includes workshops, experiential exercises, creating a strong development and support network, peer learning/coaching and individual coaching. The focus needs to be more on development and less on content.
Fundamentally, leadership development is a collective process spread through networks of people vs. an individual trait.
The program content was influenced by the works of: Dr. Brene Brown, The Gates Foundation, Center for Creative Leadership, Mastering Leadership & The Leadership Circle Profile (Creative and Reactive Orientations (Fritz, Senge and Kiefer), Play to Win and Play not to Lose (Wilson), Authenticity (Block), Cognitive Psychology (Burns, Ellis), Emotional Intelligence (Goleman), Character Structure (Horney), Enneagram (Sufi tradition), Adult Stages of Development (Kohlberg, Kegan, Cook-Greuter, Wilber, Hall, Beck, Covey, Fowler), Stages of Consciousness (Mystical literature of all traditions), Ego-Shadow Dynamics (Jung), and Body Characterology (Riech, Kurtz, Lowen, Pirrakos) and an ongoing study of leadership literature).