By saskipma, 12-Apr-2012 19:18:00
So, how did it go?
Well, I attended the event, learnt some very useful things, and I had a really enjoyable time. This was of course helped by the fact that my team won the competition to see who could build the most towers, blindfolded, in a set amount of time.
So what did I learn? I learnt that although my leadership style is pretty balanced, I have more of a telling style than a coaching style. As a “blue” personality, I seek harmony but I have a low-ish tolerance for people who “don’t get it” e.g. “if you don’t get it, let me show you (or tell you) how to do it. I have a need to “jump in” rather than enabling people to get there in their own time. I lead more than I follow, but the irony is that I feel most comfortable with a strong, trustworthy leader that helps me set the direction and that I can emulate.
All in all, a great use of my time and I hope that I can apply some of my learning’s back in the workplace.
By saskipma, 10-Aug-2011 19:18:00
Am I a good leader? I try to be but I don't always feel successful.
I hope people respect me but sometimes I feel that one or two are pushing my boundaries to see just how much they can get away with. My reaction usually starts with a feeling of resentment and then the need to rein them in and remind them who the boss is; I then brood for a while (to decide if I am being over sensitive or unreasonable), I work on my plan of action, take a deep breath and start the difficult conversation. This is what I do but is this the right way to react, can I behave differently, and can I be more effective?
To find out the answers to these questions I have decided to sign up for the IPMA Saskatchewan Learning event - Leadership that gets Results with Brent Pederson from the Hay Group on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
I'm not hoping for miracles (otherwise I would look like Gisele Bundchen and weigh about the same as a tea spoon) but I am hoping that I will learn the skills and techniques to be the best manager and coach that I can be and encourage my team to be the best they can be.
Watch this space for to find out how it went.
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