Invitation to Basic Leadership
Can you lead a team? Can you participate in a team with a competent leader? Management is not leadership. That's a hard pill for managers to swallow; so best not tell them. You must learn to be a leader so you can be the best person that you can be. It's not so much about leading others at first as it it is about leading yourself to living by a higher standard. That higher standard used to attract those who wanted to emulate success.
I understand that now it is fashionable to tear down the successes of others and make excuses for our failures but most of use realize that excellence provides greater opportunities than failure or mediocrity. Excellence begins with leadership. Once you work on yourself, you can help others work on themselves and if you find yourself in a group of people who share the traits and principles that we will discuss with you then you will be able to cooperate better with them!
Most of us will not work on perfecting our leadership styles as most of us have better things to do with our time than herding cats and solving problems for emotional payoffs. However, you may need to lead an organization toward a vision. You may have a vision and want to inspire others to support that vision. You may find yourself in a situation where a task must be accomplished, you have the means available, and enough people are around but it’s just not happening. The missing ingredient is leadership and you can provide that leadership.
In this course we will:
Describe 14 traits of leadership.
Describe 11 leadership principles.
Describe 5 leadership styles
Discuss ethical dilemmas
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
-Robert A. Heinlein
Training & Qualifications
I am trained by the United States Army in military leadership. And while this sort of leadership may seem different from what you get in the civilian world, if that were true it would only be because it was more effective. Disagree? Show me the last time hordes of men and women went to fight and die for the corporate bottom line or their favorite social media influencer.
I have experience leading and following. I have consulted with leaders from various echelons of military, government, and civilian organizations. I continue to improve and discuss my leadership with others whenever possible. In fact, "know yourself and seek self improvement" is one of the leadership principles we will cover in this course!
Availability & Preferences
I'm usually available on Thursdays but I can be flexible with notice. I'm almost never available on weekends.