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This short lecture series introduces you to the key concepts required to effectively lead from within. Using the framework of DANCER and drawing on contemporary leadership style theory, we will equip you with the foundations and practical guidance you need to master the art of organic leadership – and create a more empowering workspace with greater confidence and less stress. Inclusions are:
We begin by introducing you to the key frameworks and concepts underpinning what it means to be an Organic Leader. These include the mnemonic DANCER, social cognitive theory and self-efficacy beliefs.
Section 2 of this lecture series focuses on self-awareness. We explain how the process of identifying your personal idiosyncrasies and developing a deeper understanding of how these characteristics inform how you lead in practice. You will have an opportunity to think about your own leadership story and the important events that define how you lead today and compare this with other leadership frameworks.
In Section 3, we review a range of leadership styles and explore how helping your people find their purpose delivers superior results compared to forcing subordinates to be loyal followers. We invite you to explore our additional curated resources from Bev James, Bill George, Lars Sudmann, John Kotter and Ken Blanchard, all aimed at challenging your views on what makes a great leader.
Section 4 reviews the differences (and similarities) between managing and leading and invites you to explore how understanding these behaviours can help you become more effective in your role.
Finally, we show you how to apply your learnings from the video lectures, we review how your own leadership style can be adapted to suit changing circumstances and explain how learning to do this will assist you as you manage and lead today.
As many a social analyst has remarked lately, we live in times of unprecedented complexity that makes Leadership a challenging task. Richard explores this challenge with great insight. He doesn’t offer a superficial quick fix (which many a ‘thought leader’ does these days in the Leadership industry). He conveys ideas of great substance, without ever becoming ‘bogged down’ in theory. He boils things down into bite sized pieces that I can digest. Brett Wood.
Clear explanation of social cognitive theory, infusing course design. Clear description of three elements affecting efficacy – with a potential 30% boost to management effectiveness. Verran Fehlberg.
Supported by Social Cognitive Theory and our HOMEPLay, our programmes and insight tools increase self-awareness, the building block to boosting your sense of personal agency. Your leadership and management status quo then shifts, propelling you forward.
Only through self-reflection are we able to achieve the self-regulation necessary for self-actualisation. We promote self-reflection by embedding a SWITCHBook learning journal in our programs and our insight tool reports and debriefs.
To help you feel better supported and develop your self-confidence as leaders, our programmes include the opportunity to share your ideas and reflections and workplace application with your peers in our social learning area, in SWITCHinars or group consultations.
The practice activities, SWITCHinars, pulse checks and consults used in our programmes aid long-term behaviour change by engaging the brain and reinforcing learning. These learnings have been gained over 50 years of business and education experience.