Developing leadership skills. by Birgit Pichat. Developing leadership skills. Short about my "theoretical" background What are "leadership skills" Developing leadership skills – from a specialist role: Specialist role – relevant characteristics
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Developing leadership skills by Birgit Pichat
Developing leadership skills • Short about my "theoretical" background • What are "leadership skills" • Developing leadership skills – from a specialist role: • Specialist role – relevant characteristics • Quitting the specialist role – why – the choice • Leveraging on an MBA • The importance of developing personal skills • Last words
Birgit Pichat – background (1) • Childhood: oldest of 3 girls, education a key value • 1983: Graduated from high school in Holstebro, Denmark, science major • 1989: Law degree, University of Aarhus, Denmark • 1989-1992: Law firm, law clerk and associate • 1992: Member of the Danish Bar Association, moved to France, first daughter Caroline
Birgit Pichat – background (2) • 1994: MBA, Grenoble School of Business, second daughter Mathilde • 1994 – 2001: EHPT, joint venture between Ericsson and Hewlett-Packard • Business Manager (1994 -1995) • General Legal Counsel (1996 -1998) • Manager Sales Training (1997-1998) • Vice President Corporate Legal (1999 – 2000) • President EHPT North America (1999 – 2000) • Executive Vice President, Finance and Legal (2000 – 2001) • 2001- today: Moved to Denmark, ALTA COO/CFO
What are "leadership skills"? • Ability to create BUSINESS RESULTS by motivating others to create adequate results - empowerment • Helicopter view – understanding of customers, competitors, market evolution, the company • Setting short and long term direction, objectives • Capability to get the utmost out of people and teams • Good representative for the company – externally and internally • Dare to take decisions
Jim Collins: "From good to great" • Level 1: Qualified employee - creating results through knowledge and expertise • Level 2: Contributing team member – contributes to creating team results through expertise and collaboration • Level 3: Competent manager – organizes people, resources to reach defined objectives • Level 4: Effective leader – engagement and catalyst for vision stimulating better results • Level 5: Level 5-leader - fantastic and lasting results, personal modesty and professional strength
Leadership skills – from a specialist role • Specialist role – relevant characteristics • Quitting the specialist role • Why • The choice • Leveraging on an MBA • The importance of developing personal skills
Specialist role – relevant characteristics • Your expertise provides you with: • Recognition • Power • Identification • Your main development objective is to constantly update and enforce your expertise • You maybe believe your area of expertise is the most important to the company – you focus solely on that.
Quitting the specialist role – why? • Dare to reframe - refocus • What am I really interested in? • What am I really good at? • What is really important to me? • What success stories do I like the most? • Where do I really have fun? • If my life was a film, would anybody see it? • My own answers – there must be something bigger
Quitting the specialist role – the choice • You cannot be both a General Manager and a specialist – one day you have to choose • The choice means giving up something – power, an identity, a recognition – and replace • Not everybody will understand • The lawyer who became an administrator • Don't you miss legal
Leveraging on an MBA • Good overview perspective • Provides new general competences – strategy, sales, marketing, finance, HR, legal – so you know what you are talking about! • Gives you a reason to move on • Gives your company a reason to let you move on • Possible replacement of the power, the identity and recognition you are loosing
The importance of developing personal skills • Leadership is very much about personal skills – so you have to recognize personal skills as competencies • How to develop your personal skills • Training – e.g. management, NLP • Coaching • Mentor • International assignments • Evaluate your own experiences
Last words • Leadership skills is very much about being practical – implementing theory • Theoretical background is not a handicap • To develop leadership skills means a decision to focus and to take the opportunities • Get out of the comfort zone!
Thank you for your attention firstname.lastname@example.org Office: +45 32 63 01 01 Mobile: +45 23 24 28 46 Very last words Leadership Quotes: • "Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.“(James Bryant Conant) • "Well behaved women rarely make history." (Seen on a bumper sticker in Colorado)