Feedback from Leadership Journey alumni sum up the wow factor nicely:
Journey Alumnus T.S. from Accelerated Ecom shared:
The Journey provided the overall ability to step back, assess current roles, and provided amazing diagnostics via the tools/instruments regarding leadership styles for myself and others.
Journey Alumnus Wayne Huizenga, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Rybovich shared:
The change from the Leadership Journey has been monumental. There is joy, enthusiasm, laughing, camaraderie, and teamwork. It has helped us create a culture where customers want to come back.
Journey Alumnus Dr. Abe Fischler, President Emeritus, Nova Southeastern University shared:
When you take the Journey, you obtain feedback regarding your strengths and the differences in the scales which describe your behaviors. You then realize what fits and what doesn’t and why you have to approach each person differently once you recognize their differences.
These Journey Alumni provided their thoughts about the Leadership Journey™, and here are more reasons to join the elite team of Leadership Journey alumni:
In a nutshell, PeopleTek’s 12 session Leadership Journey™ program is a powerful leadership development program that allows you to assess your strengths and gaps, and enables you to better understand (and relate to) others.
You’ll validate what makes you most effective and obtain the tools to address skills gaps.
The Leadership Journey is about AWARENESS (of self and others) and is geared towards obtaining a firm understanding of optimal behaviors and styles and how others wish to be interacted with.
You’ll obtain knowledge about unique styles, traits and behaviors, and how to grow and improve relationships.
You will also learn that no style is right or wrong, good or bad. Rather, it’s knowing when each style will serve you best at any given time.
As you increase your awareness levels you’ll find that conflict will become healthy, communication will have fewer misunderstandings, and differences will spark creativity and increase levels of motivation and inspiration.
Why should you attend the Leadership Journey?
You will obtain the coaching, development, and tools you will need to be successful throughout your entire career, and the learnings also strengthen your personal life!
Soft skills matter. Great leaders get more from their people when they understand and share their beliefs, values, actions, feelings, and desires. It’s also essential to understand the skills and abilities each team member possesses, and ideally use their preferred (and generally strong) skills for assignments whenever possible.
As a Leadership Journey participant you will:
- Obtain an in depth analysis of how you work with others allowing for better self and team engagement, positively influence others, and build and enhance relationships.
- Improve your ability to communicate with different styles, traits, skills, and behaviors positioning you to drive results
- Learn new techniques to develop trust and partnerships
- Having meaningful and documented vision, mission, goals and measures that spark strategic thinking and set and track tasks and priorities
- Learn why all behaviors must align with and support your vision, mission, goals and measures and the need to link them with rewards and recognition
- Improve your ability to handle conflict using new skills and situational approaches for maximum results
- Create and implement a personalized development plan based on all the instruments, your 360 degree feedback, and an individual executive coaching session with their coach/facilitator.
- Understand the importance of communicating with confidence and focused listening
- Obtain listening style results in the areas of staying focused, capturing the message, and helping the speaker
- Understand the richness of various channels of communication and appropriate strategies for most effective communication
Some balk at the title of “leader”. Would you agree that we’re ALL leaders? The answer is yes. Everyone is a leader since we all impact and influence others in one way or another. You don’t need direct reports to be a leader.
As leaders, we need to continually reflect on our levels of influence, hone our strengths, and minimize our weaknesses. We not only need to understand and leverage our own styles and preferences for success, we must also recognize and acknowledge the beliefs, values, actions, feelings, and desires of those around us. Knowing what others bring to the table will increase levels of success, strengthen relationships, and grow results.
Career growth starts with self-reflection, company knowledge, and understanding how to coach an organization, team, and individuals and provide solutions that enable success.
How you “show up” is very critical. If you show up as a nay-sayer, obtaining your goals will get bogged down and may even come to a screeching halt. You certainly don’t want to be viewed by your customer, colleagues or direct reports as a roadblock or order taker, but rather looked upon as being innovative and transformational.
Remember, you are a critical resource for managing, leading, or supporting key processes. This includes providing change strategies that will facilitate achieving the company’s vision. It requires that you keep abreast of the changing times, and that you know how to influence change opportunities and be innovative.
Everyone needs to be leading in one direction with laser focus, with the ability to guide oneself and others from where they are today to where they desire to be.
What processes in your business will help you drive success? You must understand the needs of the business you support and provide feedback for growth and opportunities. You must know how to be influential and manage conflict and resistance.
Being a leader does not mean you have direct reports and can be a position without authority. It requires that you stay on top of your game, provide feedback, build and sustain relationships, and possess the ability to share growth opportunities, and encourage change. Clients (whether internal or external) want leaders of all levels, with and without direct reports, to be innovative and provide suggestions and solutions in a timely, proactive manner.
You are not only a leader or business partner, but consider yourself a critical resource that positions your company to reach its desired vision, goals and success.
Start the learning process with a self and organizational assessment. Individuals and teams can also complete the assessment and obtain valuable information.
Rank the following, on a scale of 1 – 5, 5 being a strong yes.
- Understand the business vision, goals, objectives and measures?
- Make and keeping commitments?
- Allow yourself to be vulnerable?
- Step out of and expand your comfort zone?
- Are accepting and lead through change?
- Make thoughtful decisions?
- Receive, process, and provide meaningful feedback?
- Understand the concept that over-using a strength may result in a weakness?
- Are authentic?
- Ensure your behaviors align with your beliefs?
- Maintain self-control even when experiencing resistance?
- Want to continually grow and improve?
- Thinking out of the box?
- Take the time to assess what could be done differently to inspire success?
- Truly listen; have the ability to process what’s heard and felt?
- Have the courage to address what must be addressed, even when unpopular?
Leading requires having followers. In order to have followers, a common vision, mission, and clearly defined and shared goals must be in existence in order for there to be an aspired destination.
Open lines of communication are critical, as are acknowledging contributions and openly discussing areas for improvement. Finger pointing is unacceptable! This does not mean there won’t be conflict, differing opinions, or the need to hold one-self and others accountable. Feedback is an absolute “must” and needs to be provided in an honoring, respectful, and well-intended way.
To skillfully lead, there must be the capacity to build trust and maximize collective strengths; successes and failures are discussed, conflict is encouraged (and managed so it remains healthy), and recognition is consistent and aligns with goal attainment.
Don’t doubt your ability to lead. You always have the ability to influence others through your actions, behaviors, and personality. Sometimes, even unknowingly we lead others.
Why wait? Don’t let others pass you by when you have the ability to optimize your leadership skills and abilities and become a wow factor in your organization!