The Leadership Voyage. Linda Gojak President, NCSM ncsmonline.org email@example.com. “If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind” Seneca. Sailing…. Leadership…. the skillful art of controlling the motion of a sailing ship or sailboat, across a body of water.
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the skillful art of controlling the motion of a sailing ship or sailboat, across a body of water.
the skill of influencing people to work enthusiastically toward goals identified as being for the common good.
Think of someone who has greatly influenced your life.
What qualities of character does this person have?
qualities or are they learned
To some degree we have all
of them -- some more so
than others. We must
practice these qualities in
ourselves if we are to be
You cannot focus on one at the expense of the other
People will think first about what they have to
People will think they can only handle so much
change at once.
People will be concerned they don’t have
enough resources (time, money, skills) to
implement the change
People are at different levels of readiness
If “pressure” is taken off, people will
revert to old behaviors
change and managing the journey
mission in front of people
accomplish the task while
low level of confidence
Capable but Cautious
Best used with capable
but cautious performers
High support/low direction
(let’s talk and you decide)
Best used with peak performers and self reliant achievers
Low direction/low support
– Supportive Behavior +
– Directive Behavior +
3. Partnering for Performance
If you do not change
your direction, you will
end up exactly where
you are headed.
Service and Sacrifice
Kindness giving attention, appreciation and
Humility being authentic, without arrogance
Respectfulness treating all others as important
Selflessness meeting the needs of others
Forgiveness giving up resentment when wronged
Honesty being free from deception
Commitment sticking to your choicesLove (behavior) and Leadership
upon to make many choices
When we choose to extend
ourselves by serving others, we
will build influence.
A few degrees may not make a big difference on a short journey, but for the long journey of life, it may put you in a completely different place.
A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it....
As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence.
The next best, the people honor and praise.
The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate ...
When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves!’
Dr Robert McNeish
it creates uplift
for the following bird.
By flying in a “V” formation,
the whole flock adds
71% greater flying range
than if the birds flew alone.
People who share a common direction
and sense of community can get where
they are going quicker and easier
because they are traveling on the
thrust of one another.
and added resistance
of trying to fly alone,
and quickly gets back into formation
to take advantage of the lifting power
of the bird immediately in front.
If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation
with those who are headed
where we want to go,
and we will be willing
to accept their help
as well as give ours to others.
it rotates back into formation
and another goose flies
at the point position.
It pays to take turns doing the hard
tasks and sharing leadership.
With people as well as geese,
we are interdependent on each other.
honk from behind
to encourage those in front
to keep up their speed.
We need to make sure
honking from behind
or it is shot down,
two geese drop out of formation
and follow it down to help protect it.
They stay with it until it is able
to fly again or dies.
Then they launch out on their own with another formation
or catch up with their flock.
If we have as much sense as geese, we, too, will stand by each other
in difficult times,
as well as when we are strong.
Create professional community
growth in all
lgojak @ jcu.edu
The Servant, A simple story about the True Essence of Leadership by James C. Hunter
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