Leadership Journey Weekly Overview

Leading from the inside out

‘We don’t have to be perfect, just engaged and committed to aligning values with actions.’

Brené Brown

Weekly Themes

Week 1: Working with Questions instead of Answers

What does leadership mean to me? Who am I as a leader? Who do I want to be? Questions can be a powerful tool to guide and empower us, our teams and our organisations. In the first week we develop our own powerful questions which will help guide our Journey. We practice working with questions and letting go of the need to have all the answers. 

Week 2: Creating Cultures of Trust

Trust: the magic ingredient for healthy, creative and innovative teams. In week two we explore the conditions and practices which help us build cultures of trust – where we trust in ourselves as well as in each other.

Week 3: Working in Complexity

Our world is a complex place and our work as leaders is no different. So how can we work with complexity, rather than get lost in it? This week we take a look at the world of systems thinking and see what it means for us in our day-to-day work. We will venture into the unknown and see what emerges, one step at a time. 

Week 4: Leading with Values and Purpose

Why do you do what you do, and how? This week we dive into the role that values and purpose play in our work as leaders: whether it’s navigating the unknown, setting boundaries or making decisions – for ourselves and our organisations.

Week 5: Systems Thinking and Emergence

Systems thinking, ecosystem mapping, intuition and emergence – this week is all about playing with tools to sense potential in both our networks and the future. Part of our work as leaders is to inspire others to connect to, and trust in, a vision for the future. Yet when we work in complex systems, it can be very hard to know what will happen next, which direction to head in, or what our next step to get there might be. This week we will play with our intuition to sense into the future and break down a broader vision into concrete action steps, as well as apply systems thinking to our own network.

Week 6: Focus and Intention

Our time and energy are some of our greatest resources and how we choose to use them is both essential and often challenging. This week we look at how we balance our time and set priorities, what we say yes and no to, and what is driving these decisions.

Week 7: Empowering Others

How can we create the best possible conditions for people around us to step into their unique potential? How can we tap into the collective creativity, wisdom and power in our team? And how can we create shared responsibility? This week we look at what it means to support and empower others.

Week 8: Empowering Decision-Making

Decision-making is a key leverage point to share responsibility, decentralise power and unlock the capacity for creativity and innovation in a team. It is a core skill for leaders, yet in a team context it can also be the source of inefficiencies, bottle-necks, conflicts and unhealthy power dynamics. This week we look at methods for empowering decision-making and explore what supports – and gets in the way of – good decision-making. 

Week 9: Setting Boundaries

The ability to set boundaries is important in relationships of all kinds, including in our work. This week we explore setting healthy boundaries that create clarity for ourselves and others about what is ok and not ok for us. It’s not so much about building walls, but rather about understanding, valuing and expressing our needs, and respecting the needs and boundaries of others.

Week 10: Giving and Receiving Feedback

Effective feedback is essential to learn, grow and develop – individually and as a team. Yet giving it – and receiving it – can be pretty challenging. This week we look at how we deal with feedback, how our brains react to it, and how empathy plays a crucial role in both giving and receiving feedback.

Week 11: Dealing with Conflict

When we work together with others, conflict can naturally arise. So how can we deal with conflict in a way which transforms it into an opportunity to learn and grow, rather than staying stuck and counterproductive? This week we introduce tools to address conflict and dive into the assumptions, stories and defense strategies that fuel it.

Week 12: Appreciation

The final week in our Journey is all about appreciation: a key element that helps us to show up fully and do our best work. We begin by looking back over our personal journeys in leadership and appreciate how far we’ve already come and all the significant, challenging and beautiful moments along the way. Then we look back over our time together, tie together the different threads and reflect on what has happened, what has changed and remained, what we’ve discovered and how we’ve grown. We also look to the path ahead, to the things we want to carry forward with us on our path towards purposeful and collaborative leadership. Because of course, this is not the end, it’s really just the beginning…