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  1. Living Leadership Developing the leader within you George Binney

  2. You as a leader – tell the story of when you have led well • Who was involved and what happened? • What did you do and how did you behave – that caused others to follow you?

  3. Our method – Action Research • Coming alongside leaders and their teams over 12 to 24 months • Observing people in action • Reflecting together on what’s happening

  4. What we found Heroic Leadership ‘The lengthened shadow of one great person’ - Warren Bennis -exists as aspiration, not reality

  5. What we found There is no recipe • What is effective leading? - It depends! • Leaders have to be highly adaptable • Many people, at many levels, lead at different moments

  6. Living Leadership 1. Leading happens between people in the moment • Leadership is not just about what a leader does or how he/she is • The followers choose who to give authority to • It is a two-way process

  7. Living Leadership 2. Context, context, context • Leading is shaped by context • Effective leaders see potential in the context, however difficult • The art of the possible

  8. Living leadership 3. People lead well when they bring themselves – with skill – to their leading • It is not about being perfect • What makes you a good leader are your imperfections • You are on a stage • Bringing yourself with skill takes years of practice – and a willingness to keep learning

  9. Living Leadership: A different idea of leading FROM: The leader as transforming hero TO: Someone who • Adapts to different situations • Embodies values and goals that followers attach to • Demonstrates character (not charisma) • Copes with uncertainty, contradictions, mess and helps people to stop and think • Enables others to achieve results

  10. What you can do as a leader • Get real • Get connected • Get help

  11. Living leadership • Taking responsibility for the organisation as a whole • Lack of emotional intelligence • Failing to act on judgement • Battling not collaborating Common challenges for doctors (sometimes) power without responsibility

  12. Living Leadership How do you develop it? • You can’t download leadership • Development requires personal discovery • People develop as they lead on critical tasks and reflect on their experience

  13. Living Leadership How do you develop it? • Individual support and validation • Helping connect about what matters • Helping people join up their experience A different relationship: not participant and tutor but consultant and client learning together

  14. Conclusion Be the leader you can be And don’t try to be the leader you think you ought to be

  15. What we found The critical importance of self preservation • You need all your faculties to work out what’s needed • You can’t “bring yourself with skill” if you are stressed and tired • Nor if you are doing what is against your values