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The Organic Leader: Learn to Lead from Within

This course shows you how to become a successful 21st century organic leader by using the metaphor DANCER to help you learn, practice and embody effective skills.

The Organic Leader: Learn to Lead from Within

This course shows you how to become a successful 21st century organic leader by using the metaphor DANCER to help you learn, practice and embody effective skills.
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This section helps both aspiring and current leaders become familiar with the different choices they have as leaders as well as how to improve their effectiveness and impact with others.
This lecture introduces you to "Learning to Lead from Within" and includes some background on me as your instructor. Besides being an experienced academic and executive, I'm a co-founder of Switch Education for Business which is an approved provider of the Chartered Management Institute in the UK.
This lecture describes the educational approach I have used to build this course. It's known as Social Cognitive Theory which is a little different from the usual lecture format as it involves you as the student in the process of self-reflection to embed what you learn so that you can apply it directly to your job.
Self-Efficacy Beliefs are the core mechanism that makes Social Cognitive Theory work in practice. This lecture outlines what they are and how you can boost them in order to become a more effective leader.
This lecture provides an overview of what it means to be an Organic Leader. It uses the metaphor of a DANCER to highlight the key characteristics you need to learn, practice and embody to be a successful 21st Century Leader.
The final lecture in the Introductory section describes where the content for the Organic Leader course is drawn from as well as the specific learning objectives for the course.
This section helps you understand your personal preferences, strengths, and areas for improvement as a leader
In this lecture, you'll discover the five things that Empowering Leaders do in order to bring the best out of people. REFLECTION: In what ways are you an Empowering leader? In what ways are you a Controlling leader? Which of the five points of being an Empowering Leader do you think will be the most challenging for you to put into practice? Why? ACTION: Write a goal and a simple action plan to address the most challenging point you identified.
To be an effective and authentic leader, you need to know who you are as a leader. That's why this module has focused on the importance of self-awareness. This lecture will outline the five characteristics truly authentic leaders demonstrate on a regular basis. Research is increasingly showing the importance of being an authentic leader which is why we've included the word authentic in our metaphor "DANCER" in being an Organic Leader. REFLECTION: Which of the five characteristics do you currently demonstrate at work? Which ones do you believe you need to develop further? ACTION: What's one thing you can do to feel more authentic at work?
This lecture is about the importance of "Self-leadership" and the 3 tools you can use to become better at self-leadership: Self-awareness; self-reflection and self-regulation. If you want to see an extended discussion about self-leadership, I've included a link to a Tedx Talk by Lars Sudmann which you'll enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlpKyLklDDY REFLECTION: Think about the best leaders you’ve worked with. Why do you consider them to be good leaders? ACTION: Try practicing one new self-leadership behavior using one of the "self" tools
A crucible is a situation or series of trials or events, where different pieces come together to create something new. For Organic Leaders, it’s the key events in our lives that have helped define who we are, our values and our leadership style. This lecture is about helping you understand your story so you can better understand the influences on how you act as a leader and what you might need to do to change. Watch this video from Professor Bill George talking about crucibles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaA_boR0t_E=youtu.be REFLECTION: Think of your life story as a timeline. Which events have defined who you are as a leader or potential leader? What have you hidden? ACTION: What steps can you take to "unhide" that part of your story and become an Organic Leader?
This lecture describes 2 key concepts on your journey to becoming an Organic Leader. First, it talks about the importance of self-awareness in becoming the best leader you can be. Second, it introduces the idea of becoming an empowering leader, part of your journey towards becoming an Organic Leader. This lecture is the first opportunity for you to use the Reflection and Action questions that you'll find in future lectures. I recommend you get a "Learning Journal" notebook or create a "Learning Journal" file on your mobile device to write or type your answers. The process of reflecting on the questions and writing down answers will help you to embed the key ideas in the lecture so that you can apply them to your role as a current or future leader. REFLECTION: How self-aware would you say you are? Which of your natural inclinations in the way you lead do you see as a strength? Which do you see as an area for improvement? ACTION: What's an example of how you LIVE your values each day at work?
This section explains the importance of knowing and understanding various types of leadership styles
Leadership style refers to the general manner, outlook, attitude, and behavior of a leader, particularly in relation to his or her colleagues and team members. This lecture introduces the three main categories of leadership style: Personality and Behavioural; Situational; and Action-Centred/Contingency. REFLECTION: Think about a recent situation that required you to take a leadership role. What does that tell you about your natural leadership style? Is your default leadership style: personality/behavior, situation or action-centered? ACTION: What's one thing you can do to make your leadership style more adaptable?
This lecture explores the personality or behavior approach to leadership style. In particular, it looks at the perennial question "Are leaders born or made?" After you've watched the lecture, take a couple of minutes to read a blog I wrote about Vince Lombardi, the famous American football coach. Not only was Lombardi a great coach, but he was also ahead of his time as a leadership expert. REFLECTION: In your experience are leaders born or made? Why? ACTION: Based on your experiences, how important is personality in leadership?
This lecture introduced the action-centered contingency approach to leadership style developed by John Adair. In Adair’s model, effective leaders attend equally to task needs, group needs and individual needs and place balanced importance on all three aspects. REFLECTION: How well do you balance Adair’s three circles in your day-to-day leadership activities? What could you consider doing differently? ACTION: What’s one thing you could do differently in each area to achieve a greater balance this week?
Although personality clearly plays a role in leadership style, my experience shows that leaders can learn to better manage their inherent personality traits to become more effective leaders. This lecture describes research by Korn Ferry, a leading global organizational consulting firm that found 7 key factors that determine an individual's leadership potential. REFLECTION: Which of the 7 factors do you believe you already have or are easily capable of developing? And which of the factors will you find the hardest to develop? ACTION: Set yourself a goal and a short action plan on how you're going to address the factor you need to develop the most
In the final lecture in this Module on leadership styles, I've going to talk about a very visual model for how leaders can adapt their style to suit particular situations. Developed by Bolman and Deal, the adaptive leadership style is easy to remember because of the visual images it uses: Factories, Families, Jungles and Theatre/Temples. These metaphors provide you with clues as to what leadership skills are important to apply in these given situations. Later in Module 5, you'll have a chance to do a quiz on them! REFLECTION: Which of the 4 frameworks best describes your leadership style? What lessons are there for you moving forward? ACTION: What’s one thing you could do differently to adapt your leadership style?
This lecture introduces you to situational leadership.
This section helps you evaluate the relationship between leading and managing, particularly in relation to your own role as a leader
In this lecture, I introduce the idea that some parts of your role are distinctly focused on management and some parts are distinctly focused on leadership but other parts or your role require you to wear BOTH your management and leadership hat at the same time. REFLECTION: Is it possible to be a manager without being a leader? Or is it possible to be a leader without being a manager? Why? ACTION: If you're already a manager or leader, how would you motivate your team using both a management and leadership approach at the same time? And if you're studying to become a leader, what advice would you give your manager on how s/he could motivate their team better by using both a management and leadership approach?
In this lecture, I talk about the challenges of creating a balance between being a leader and a manager. Once you've watched the lecture, spend a couple of minutes going through the reflection and action questions below. REFLECTION: Think about how you spend your time creating a balance between leading and managing people. What do you need to differently to create a better balance? ACTION: Set yourself a goal to take one step towards creating a better balance leading and managing.
This lecture is about the differences between leadership and management, 2 concepts that are often used interchangeably but focus on different parts of your role as a leader.
This section shows how effective leaders communicate their leadership story and understand how their leadership values and principles affect their own behavior and others in the workplace
This is the first lecture in the final section of the course. The focus in this section is on the "HOW" you can apply what you've learned to your everyday activities as a current or aspiring leader. In this lecture, I'm going to talk about the importance of knowing YOUR leadership story as the key starting point in being an effective 21st Century Organic Leader. REFLECTION: Review your leadership timeline from earlier. What does your story tell you about yourself? In what ways do you think your leadership principles and values will change going forward? ACTION: Make a goal for yourself on what you’ll start doing differently so that when you review your timeline again in a few years you’ll be proud of how it reads.
Besides knowing your leadership story, it's critical to be clear on your preferred leadership style. It's also important to know what your options as a leader are when your preferred leadership style isn't appropriate in order to achieve the outcomes you're looking for as a leader. This lecture will review the 4 leadership styles that were introduced in Section 4 so that you can be really clear about your options moving forward. REFLECTION: Think about your own leadership style and experiences. · What steps do you need to take to become a more authentic leader? · How can you build on your personality/behavior strengths and overcome your weaknesses? · How can you learn to modify your style in different situations? · What do you need to do to achieve greater balance between task, group, and individual needs? ACTION: Describe some of the training, reading, learning that you have already done to help you ‘Know Thyself’ and become a more effective leader?
Well done for completing "The Organic Leader: Learning to Lead from Within" course. This last lecture summarises what learning outcomes you've achieved and makes recommendations on the next step in your leadership journey. I sincerely hope you enjoyed the course and look forward to seeing you again on future courses! Best wishes Richard

Leadership starts with knowing yourself. Your success as a leader is based on your ability to lead from within. After all, if you can't lead yourself, how can you lead others? This course focuses on the importance of self-awareness, the role of the empowering leader, the differences/similarities between leadership and management, leadership styles, and leadership values and principles. The course features many opportunities for self-reflection - a critical factor for leaders to become more self-aware and effective in their roles. Finally, you'll be introduced to a new concept "The Organic Leader" that highlights the key skills and behaviors leaders need to be successful in today's world.

 

Requirements

  • You should have an interest in and commitment to learning.
  • You should have a thirst for understanding more about how you lead, your impact on others, and in developing your ability to lead.
This section helps both aspiring and current leaders become familiar with the different choices they have as leaders as well as how to improve their effectiveness and impact with others.
This lecture introduces you to "Learning to Lead from Within" and includes some background on me as your instructor. Besides being an experienced academic and executive, I'm a co-founder of Switch Education for Business which is an approved provider of the Chartered Management Institute in the UK.
This lecture describes the educational approach I have used to build this course. It's known as Social Cognitive Theory which is a little different from the usual lecture format as it involves you as the student in the process of self-reflection to embed what you learn so that you can apply it directly to your job.
Self-Efficacy Beliefs are the core mechanism that makes Social Cognitive Theory work in practice. This lecture outlines what they are and how you can boost them in order to become a more effective leader.
This lecture provides an overview of what it means to be an Organic Leader. It uses the metaphor of a DANCER to highlight the key characteristics you need to learn, practice and embody to be a successful 21st Century Leader.
The final lecture in the Introductory section describes where the content for the Organic Leader course is drawn from as well as the specific learning objectives for the course.
This section helps you understand your personal preferences, strengths, and areas for improvement as a leader
In this lecture, you'll discover the five things that Empowering Leaders do in order to bring the best out of people. REFLECTION: In what ways are you an Empowering leader? In what ways are you a Controlling leader? Which of the five points of being an Empowering Leader do you think will be the most challenging for you to put into practice? Why? ACTION: Write a goal and a simple action plan to address the most challenging point you identified.
To be an effective and authentic leader, you need to know who you are as a leader. That's why this module has focused on the importance of self-awareness. This lecture will outline the five characteristics truly authentic leaders demonstrate on a regular basis. Research is increasingly showing the importance of being an authentic leader which is why we've included the word authentic in our metaphor "DANCER" in being an Organic Leader. REFLECTION: Which of the five characteristics do you currently demonstrate at work? Which ones do you believe you need to develop further? ACTION: What's one thing you can do to feel more authentic at work?
This lecture is about the importance of "Self-leadership" and the 3 tools you can use to become better at self-leadership: Self-awareness; self-reflection and self-regulation. If you want to see an extended discussion about self-leadership, I've included a link to a Tedx Talk by Lars Sudmann which you'll enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlpKyLklDDY REFLECTION: Think about the best leaders you’ve worked with. Why do you consider them to be good leaders? ACTION: Try practicing one new self-leadership behavior using one of the "self" tools
A crucible is a situation or series of trials or events, where different pieces come together to create something new. For Organic Leaders, it’s the key events in our lives that have helped define who we are, our values and our leadership style. This lecture is about helping you understand your story so you can better understand the influences on how you act as a leader and what you might need to do to change. Watch this video from Professor Bill George talking about crucibles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaA_boR0t_E=youtu.be REFLECTION: Think of your life story as a timeline. Which events have defined who you are as a leader or potential leader? What have you hidden? ACTION: What steps can you take to "unhide" that part of your story and become an Organic Leader?
This lecture describes 2 key concepts on your journey to becoming an Organic Leader. First, it talks about the importance of self-awareness in becoming the best leader you can be. Second, it introduces the idea of becoming an empowering leader, part of your journey towards becoming an Organic Leader. This lecture is the first opportunity for you to use the Reflection and Action questions that you'll find in future lectures. I recommend you get a "Learning Journal" notebook or create a "Learning Journal" file on your mobile device to write or type your answers. The process of reflecting on the questions and writing down answers will help you to embed the key ideas in the lecture so that you can apply them to your role as a current or future leader. REFLECTION: How self-aware would you say you are? Which of your natural inclinations in the way you lead do you see as a strength? Which do you see as an area for improvement? ACTION: What's an example of how you LIVE your values each day at work?
This section explains the importance of knowing and understanding various types of leadership styles
Leadership style refers to the general manner, outlook, attitude, and behavior of a leader, particularly in relation to his or her colleagues and team members. This lecture introduces the three main categories of leadership style: Personality and Behavioural; Situational; and Action-Centred/Contingency. REFLECTION: Think about a recent situation that required you to take a leadership role. What does that tell you about your natural leadership style? Is your default leadership style: personality/behavior, situation or action-centered? ACTION: What's one thing you can do to make your leadership style more adaptable?
This lecture explores the personality or behavior approach to leadership style. In particular, it looks at the perennial question "Are leaders born or made?" After you've watched the lecture, take a couple of minutes to read a blog I wrote about Vince Lombardi, the famous American football coach. Not only was Lombardi a great coach, but he was also ahead of his time as a leadership expert. REFLECTION: In your experience are leaders born or made? Why? ACTION: Based on your experiences, how important is personality in leadership?
This lecture introduced the action-centered contingency approach to leadership style developed by John Adair. In Adair’s model, effective leaders attend equally to task needs, group needs and individual needs and place balanced importance on all three aspects. REFLECTION: How well do you balance Adair’s three circles in your day-to-day leadership activities? What could you consider doing differently? ACTION: What’s one thing you could do differently in each area to achieve a greater balance this week?
Although personality clearly plays a role in leadership style, my experience shows that leaders can learn to better manage their inherent personality traits to become more effective leaders. This lecture describes research by Korn Ferry, a leading global organizational consulting firm that found 7 key factors that determine an individual's leadership potential. REFLECTION: Which of the 7 factors do you believe you already have or are easily capable of developing? And which of the factors will you find the hardest to develop? ACTION: Set yourself a goal and a short action plan on how you're going to address the factor you need to develop the most
In the final lecture in this Module on leadership styles, I've going to talk about a very visual model for how leaders can adapt their style to suit particular situations. Developed by Bolman and Deal, the adaptive leadership style is easy to remember because of the visual images it uses: Factories, Families, Jungles and Theatre/Temples. These metaphors provide you with clues as to what leadership skills are important to apply in these given situations. Later in Module 5, you'll have a chance to do a quiz on them! REFLECTION: Which of the 4 frameworks best describes your leadership style? What lessons are there for you moving forward? ACTION: What’s one thing you could do differently to adapt your leadership style?
This lecture introduces you to situational leadership.
This section helps you evaluate the relationship between leading and managing, particularly in relation to your own role as a leader
In this lecture, I introduce the idea that some parts of your role are distinctly focused on management and some parts are distinctly focused on leadership but other parts or your role require you to wear BOTH your management and leadership hat at the same time. REFLECTION: Is it possible to be a manager without being a leader? Or is it possible to be a leader without being a manager? Why? ACTION: If you're already a manager or leader, how would you motivate your team using both a management and leadership approach at the same time? And if you're studying to become a leader, what advice would you give your manager on how s/he could motivate their team better by using both a management and leadership approach?
In this lecture, I talk about the challenges of creating a balance between being a leader and a manager. Once you've watched the lecture, spend a couple of minutes going through the reflection and action questions below. REFLECTION: Think about how you spend your time creating a balance between leading and managing people. What do you need to differently to create a better balance? ACTION: Set yourself a goal to take one step towards creating a better balance leading and managing.
This lecture is about the differences between leadership and management, 2 concepts that are often used interchangeably but focus on different parts of your role as a leader.
This section shows how effective leaders communicate their leadership story and understand how their leadership values and principles affect their own behavior and others in the workplace
This is the first lecture in the final section of the course. The focus in this section is on the "HOW" you can apply what you've learned to your everyday activities as a current or aspiring leader. In this lecture, I'm going to talk about the importance of knowing YOUR leadership story as the key starting point in being an effective 21st Century Organic Leader. REFLECTION: Review your leadership timeline from earlier. What does your story tell you about yourself? In what ways do you think your leadership principles and values will change going forward? ACTION: Make a goal for yourself on what you’ll start doing differently so that when you review your timeline again in a few years you’ll be proud of how it reads.
Besides knowing your leadership story, it's critical to be clear on your preferred leadership style. It's also important to know what your options as a leader are when your preferred leadership style isn't appropriate in order to achieve the outcomes you're looking for as a leader. This lecture will review the 4 leadership styles that were introduced in Section 4 so that you can be really clear about your options moving forward. REFLECTION: Think about your own leadership style and experiences. · What steps do you need to take to become a more authentic leader? · How can you build on your personality/behavior strengths and overcome your weaknesses? · How can you learn to modify your style in different situations? · What do you need to do to achieve greater balance between task, group, and individual needs? ACTION: Describe some of the training, reading, learning that you have already done to help you ‘Know Thyself’ and become a more effective leader?
Well done for completing "The Organic Leader: Learning to Lead from Within" course. This last lecture summarises what learning outcomes you've achieved and makes recommendations on the next step in your leadership journey. I sincerely hope you enjoyed the course and look forward to seeing you again on future courses! Best wishes Richard

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Richard Carter Phd

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I'm a highly experienced (25+ years) management educator, leadership development expert and organisation psychologist with diverse experience as an executive, facilitator, coach, consultant and academic. Besides my work as a co-founder of Switch Education for Business, I teach leadership, management and corporate strategy online and F2F. In recognition of my extensive executive experience and PhD qualification, I've been designated a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK). Besides teaching, I conduct team and group facilitation. My approach to building novel and sustainable management education and leadership development programmes is strongly informed by social cognitive theory and its core principle of self-efficacy beliefs.

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