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Why Soft Skills

Watch a replay from one of my blogs form October 2019 – This is still really relevant and important for those seeking leadership roles as well as for  emerging and senior leaders looking to improve thier leadership skills

John K Whitehead & Associates coaches individuals and organizations in becoming more effective by helping them improve their interpersonal communications, emotional intelligence, and resiliency. You can read my blog at http://johnkwhitehead.ca If you have enjoyed reading these posts, please Follow Me – and if you sign up for my Blog I will send you a copy of my eBook, “What Are These Things Called Soft Skills?”

The Leadership Challenge: A personal review

For 33 weeks I systematically did a personal deep dive into the work of Jim Kouzes and Barry Moore, The Leadership Challenge: How to make extraordinary things happen in organizations. This wasFor 33 weeks I systematically did a personal deep dive into the work of Jim Kouzes and Barry Moore, The Leadership Challenge: How to make extraordinary things happen in organizations. This was my interpretation of what I took from this amazing leadership book. As I talk about, this work had a significant impact on my own leadership journey, so much so that I completed the Facilitator training and also became an LPI coach so that I could not only understand the model better but so that I could use the principles in my professional coaching practice.

The LPI360 is the leadership assessment that comes with The Leadership Challenge Model. Kouzes and Posner took the five leadership practices, Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act & Encourage the Heart, that they observed leaders engaging in to make extraordinary things happen in organizations, and attributed six behaviours to each practice. These are behaviours most of us do in leadership roles, but it’s the frequency at which we do them that has the most impact.

Below is an index of my Vlog posts attributed to each of the thirty behaviours.

Getting Started: Leadership Coaching: How to start the process off right.
Model the Way; Behaviour 1: Who Is Watching You?
Model the Way; Behaviour 2: Are We on The Same Track
Model the Way; Behaviour 3: Promises, Promises: Building trust in leadership
Model the Way; Behaviour 4: How Often Do You Ask for Feedback on Yourself?
Model the Way; Behaviour 5: What Are Your Core Values?
Model the Way; Behaviour 6: What Is Your Leadership Philosophy?

Inspire a Shared Vision; Behaviour 1: How Do You Inspire a Shared Vision?
Inspire a Shared Vision; Behaviour 2: Are You in Your Job to Do Something, Or for Something To Do?
Inspire a Shared Vision; Behaviour 3: Do You have a Compelling Vision of Your Future?
Inspire a Shared Vision; Behaviour 4: How Are You Enlisting Others in Your Vision?
Inspire a Shared Vision; Behaviour 5: Thinking of the Big Picture: What Do We Aspire to Accomplish?
Inspire a Shared Vision; Behaviour 6: What Does It Mean to Speak with Genuine Conviction About the Higher Meaning and Purpose of Our Work?

Challenge the Process; Behaviour 1: How Does One “Challenge the Process?”
Challenge the Process; Behaviour 2: What is One Way You Can Challenge People to Try Out New and Innovative Ways to Do Their Work?
Challenge the Process; Behaviour 3: What Are You Doing to Improve What You Do?
Challenge the Process; Behaviour 4: What Can We Learn When Things Go Wrong and Right?
Challenge the Process; Behaviour 5: How Do You as A Leader Set Goals, Plans and Measurable Milestones?
Challenge the Process; Behaviour 6: Challenging the Process: What About Taking Risks?

Enable Others to Act; Behaviour 1: Enable Others to Act: Teach them to fish
Enable Others to Act; Behaviour 2: Are You Listening to Diverse Points of View?
Enable Others to Act; Behaviour 3: Are You paying Attention?
Enable Others to Act; Behaviour 4: Becoming A Great Leader, Let Others Come Up with The Solutions
Enable Others to Act; Behaviour 5: Enabling Others to Act: Give others the opportunity to find their own solutions
Enable Others to Act; Behaviour 6: Are You Allowing Your Team Members to Grow?

Encourage the Heart; Behaviour 1: Encourage the Heart: Recognition is the key
Encourage the Heart; Behaviour 2: “I Appreciate the Job You Are Doing!”
Encourage the Heart; Behaviour 3: And The Reward Goes To? …Giving Recognition
Encourage the Heart; Behaviour 4: How Do You Tie Recognition to Values?
Encourage the Heart; Behaviour 5: It’s a Mindset of Celebration!
Encourage the Heart; Behaviour 6: Try It… Its Worth It!

We Wrap it Up: The Leadership Challenge: We wrap it up

 

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The Leadership Challenge: We wrap it up

This week I wrap up my series on the Leadership Challenge. This has been my interpretation of Kouzes & Posner’s five leadership practices that make extraordinary things happen in organizations. I hope you have found some of the content interesting and helpful.

If you have found this content helpful and would like to learn more feel free to reach out to me. Please also share the content with your network.

John K Whitehead & Associates coaches individuals and organizations in becoming more effective by helping them improve their interpersonal communications, emotional intelligence, and resiliency.

You can read my blog at http://johnkwhitehead.ca

If you have enjoyed reading these posts, please Follow Me – and if you sign up for my Blog I will send you a copy of my eBook, “What Are These Things Called Soft Skills?”

Try It… It’s Worth It!

One of the keys to giving team members recognition is that you need to “know” them first. Understanding what they need in terms of recognition. If you have been following me for a while, you will know the importance of understanding the behaviour patterns of your team. Is that hard work? yes, it is, does it take time to do this? yes it does. But it is worth it in the long term. It is how leaders get extraordinary things done In organizations. This week’s vlog post explores this topic….

John K Whitehead & Associates coaches individuals and organizations in becoming more effective by helping them improve their interpersonal communications, emotional intelligence, and resiliency.

You can read my blog at http://johnkwhitehead.ca

If you have enjoyed reading these posts, please Follow Me – and if you sign up for my Blog I will send you a copy of my eBook, “What Are These Things Called Soft Skills?”

How Do You Tie Recognition to Values?

Kouzes and Posner state that one of the practices that exceptional leaders do is tie recognition to shared values. So how do you do that? In this week’s Vlog post I talk about how one of my clients did this by tying success stories to the shared values of the team. He uses staff meetings and white boards in the office to communicate these successes which in turn reinforces those shared values. What do you do? I’d love to hear about them and share others on this site.

 

John K Whitehead & Associates coaches individuals and organizations in becoming more effective by helping them improve their interpersonal communications, emotional intelligence, and resiliency.

You can read my blog at http://johnkwhitehead.ca

If you have enjoyed reading these posts, please Follow Me – and if you sign up for my Blog I will send you a copy of my eBook, “What Are These Things Called Soft Skills?”