- Leaders need to be perfect at all times
- Leaders are born not grown
- Anyone can be a leader and/or a manager
- You will have to be both a leader and manager in your work; choosing when to switch roles is the trick
- Managers optimize the organization and it's people to meet the strategic goals (RMA Focus Areas: Manage/Challenge)
- Leaders drag the organization and it's people kicking and screaming to a strategic future (RMA Focus Areas: Lead Challenge)
You can teach management but not leadership. Leadership must be provoked. It requires starting deep inside to see where you are and than deciding if you're willing to do the work to get where you, as a leader, must be. RMA facilitates the experiences to provoke leadership reflection, but only the individual person can decide whether to choose to grow as a leader.
In the fall, I finished a new edition of my popular ATD Workshop Series book, Leadership Training, with the help of Abby Thompson (2015 DePauw graduate to-be and new Orr Scholarship recipient), Betsy Ballentine (RMA Project Manager extraordinaire), Cat Russo and Jacki Edlund-Braun at Trainers Publishing House. This updated edition is now available for pre-order and will hit shelves at the end of January.
This workshop-in-a-book has a two-hour, one-day and complete two-day leadership simulation. To provoke leadership in this simulation, leaders negotiate budgets for the next fiscal year by selecting and applying leadership competencies when relevant. Unlike traditional leadership training, no real leader works on competencies one at a time. For a preview of this material: