Personal Leadership

Michelle Helman
Posted September 19, 2015 from United States
Personal Leadership
From the inside out (in Peru!)

Think of a leader...who comes to mind?

(take a minute)

Who did you think of?

Did anyone think of them SELVES?

A lot of the work I do personally and professionally (as there is no dividing line between the two for me) explores what personal leadership is. I'm working on ways to cultivate personal leadership and support individuals and groups to do the same. Does anyone have any other exercises or activities to explore leadership? I'm excited to hear your answers for who came to mind...

Peace and love!

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Olanike
Sep 19, 2015
Sep 19, 2015

Hello Michelle,

I just could not resist your eye catching, pertinent and thought provoking questions- For one: Think of a leader... who comes to mind? And then: Who did you think of? As well as: Did anyone think of them SELVES?

My vision for change and the efforts I am already making and committed to filled my mind, the moment I sighted the first question. With all sense of humility, I would say that I readily thought of myself first and then a couple of other leaders who's life and work inspire me.

Finding answers to these questions goes a long way in helping one explore and personalise the true meaning and essense of leadership. It is such a great exercise that would go a long way to stimulate aspiring, emerging and experienced leaders to think through and validate their leadership potentials and or capacities.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful excercise/activity. It is such a great resource that can be incorporated into leadership development trainings. I hope to explore this activity with women in my community.

Warm regards, Olanike

Michelle Helman
Sep 20, 2015
Sep 20, 2015

Hi Olanike,

Thanks for reading and sharing! I love fun and meaningful exercices like this one. If you have any please feel free to share!

~Michelle

Lisa Anderson
Sep 22, 2015
Sep 22, 2015

Michelle,

I love that you asked this question about whether we think of ourselves as leaders. It seems to me that too often women deflect this title instead of claiming it. We should embrace it!

One exercise I enjoy to determine which community events and initiatives I most want to invest in is to use the enthusiastic "YES!" test. Is this something or someone that makes me want to jump out of my chair and say "YES!?" If so, I pursue this event or initiative. If not, I consider the opportunity more carefully. This way, my personal leadership best reflects my interests and values.

Warm regards,

Lisa

Michelle Helman
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for sharing! I'm excited to try out your YES test idea on some future decisions - it's so helpful to get from a grey area to clarity!

Taking the enthusiastic YES theme to another level for group work: participants stand in a circle and each person takes a turn to share something they are excited about (as a debrief, sharing something from their day, a dream, etc.). After each person shares everyone collectively takes a step in, and (enthusiastically) pulls a fist down and exclaims, "YES!" It's a great way to boost self-esteem and group-morale, enjoy!

Lisa Anderson
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

Michelle:

I love this and can't wait to try it! What a brilliant activity. Thank you for sharing! :-)

Warm regards,

Lisa

bookorla
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

Succinct. I really love your write up. Robin Sharma book on the leader who leads with no title was all i thought of after reading this great piece of yours and an exercise I would suggest courtesy of the lesson learnt from the book would be: Do you wait for people to delegate task to you or you simply take the initiative because you just cannot see it not been done? Do you prefer working with a title or not? Does been called a leader motivate you to act or without been referred to as a leader you take responsibility?

Michelle Helman
Sep 25, 2015
Sep 25, 2015

I'm excited to look at this book, thanks for the suggestion!