29 Jul Course I – Fundamentals for Self-Reliant Leaders
Shot on location in Moab, Utah, Course I – Fundamentals for Self-Reliant Leaders includes 12 video lessons – each approximately five minutes in length – that address the 12 critical leadership questions associated with The Three Pillars of Self-Reliant Leadership: Leading Self, Leading Others, and Leading the Organization. The videos feature candid interviews with seasoned Special Operation soldiers and senior executives from the corporate world.
Each video lesson is accompanied by a Learning Assessment and a Discussion Guide that a leader uses to facilitate an interactive and engaging conversation with their team to target specific behaviors that are key to effective leadership and teamwork.
The Discussion Guides are comprised of:
- Lesson Overview
- Video Summary
- Ideas for Action
- Questions for You and Your Team
- Further Exploration
This course can be enhanced with a keynote or webinar at the outset.
Course I – Fundamentals for Self-Reliant Leaders
01 What makes a leader?
What do you think of yourself as a leader? Are you easy to follow? In this lesson we explore different definitions of leadership and the key attributes of Emotional Intelligence as they relate to leadership. We also discuss Situational Leadership and look at how we adapt our leadership style to best serve those around us.
02 What is Self-Reliant Leadership™?
What could be achieved if each member of your team consistently approached challenges with courage and resourcefulness, truly worked collaboratively, and was focused on an inspired common purpose?
In this lesson, we define Self-Reliant Leadership and explore how it allows individuals and organizations to become more resourceful, collaborative and focused in their ability to produce meaningful and sustainable results.
03 What is the difference between leadership and management?
What are the most important leadership traits? In this lesson, we explore the crucial difference between task management and people leadership and the need for collaboration, humility and adaptability in order to effectively master both critical roles.
04 How do you motivate people?
What do you think are the top three factors that are needed to engage today’s employees? In this lesson we look at Gallup’s predictors of employee engagement and discuss the need for intrinsic motivators – such as recognition, reward, and the work itself. We also discuss that to motivate people you must first understand them, and how that requires genuinely caring about people, and knowing yourself.
05 How do you handle adversity?
How do you show up during a crisis? In this lesson we address the different ways leaders handle adversity. We introduce Paul Stolz’s Adversity Quotient as an aptitude indicator for leadership and explore the four core dimensions that describe an individual’s pattern of response to adversity. We also share how you can embrace adversity in order to overcome challenges to more effectively lead your team.
06 How do you build a team?
What characteristics do you think are most important in building an effective team? In this lesson we will explore the three S’s: Selflessness, Simple communication, and Slowing down to speed up, and how they will help your team execute at a higher level while working together more collaboratively. We also discuss the importance of selecting the right people, framing expectations, and setting consequences.
07 How do you coach?
Why was your favorite teacher so influential in your life? In this lesson we explore the importance of recognizing when people do things right from a behavior perspective, and the need for positive reinforcement when coaching undesirable behaviors. We also share the first question a coach should always ask when considering corrective feedback.
08 How do you handle conflict?
How do you usually react to conflict? Has it been effective? In this lesson we explore the important role that conflict plays in team creativity and innovation, and the corresponding need for leaders to create an environment that fosters healthy conflict resolution and productive disagreements. We offer practical tools on how to cut down on unresolved and unproductive conflict, and increase the effectiveness of your entire organization.
09 How do you lead change?
How well does your organization communicate its goals to employees? In this lesson we explore how your ability to effectively lead change is dependent on the how well aligned and committed your team is with both the goals of your organization and your personal values.
10 What is followership?
How do others see you as a leader? In this lesson we explore the important concept of Followership and discuss the need for humility and reciprocity in leadership. We also discuss how as a leader, you will know when it’s time to step back and let someone else take the lead.
11 How do you find mentors?
Are you actively mentoring others? Do you have a mentor? In this lesson we discuss how the mentoring of others is crucial to our growth and development and how humility, courage and vulnerability are necessary in order to seek out this mentorship. We also explore the responsibility of leaders to actively mentor others and the reciprocity that is required.
12 Is your team committed or compliant?
How do you know if your team is truly committed to you and your goals, or merely being compliant? Would you still be the leader if the you and your team were stranded on a deserted island? In this lesson we explore the important distinction between true commitment and mere compliance, and the need for leaders need to step back and ‘hear the unheard’ to get the true pulse of their team. We also explore retention as the primary metric of good leadership.