What is leadership?
Leadership is what changes the course of things…for the better IF worthy leadership, for the worse if not.
- That begins with changing the course of one’s thinking or feelings (or another’s).
- Then changing the course of a conversation with oneself or another. That can change lives.
- Changing the course of the routines and rituals of an organization (or part of an organization) changes its destiny.
- In every field of human endeavor it is changing the course of things for the better…for people. That is the task of leadership.
- Without the intervention of competent leadership, things will simply evolve in the direction of the course they are on.
- With efficacious leadership, the trajectory is changed for the better for all of those involved – whether parents or pupils, spouses or siblings, friends or neighbors, bosses or subordinates – and thus for the larger social systems of which they are a part.
What could you learn?
What you need to know about leadership and who you need to be in order to practice it. This course offers real-life strategies for providing leadership within the situations that people in any position, in any kind of organization or relationship face on a daily basis.
Why can’t leadership be taught?
Leadership is a way of life. It is not a destination. That’s why it cannot be taught, it can only be learned. This course will not magically transform you into someone who can provide the kind of leadership needed in any situation. But it can provide you with a compass and a path for doing so, IF you are the one who wants to live the life of leadership. And take the risks required.
What resources are used?
Study resources include excerpts from movies, cartoons, podcasts about relevant perspectives and ideas, provocative webinar guests and draws from one or more of Dr. Thayer’s books. Resources are always provisional, determined by your needs and the questions you raise as the course progresses.
Why is there no recipe?
There are no short-cuts. There are no five or seven easy steps. Becoming a virtuoso at changing the course of things, at intervening and putting a person or situation on a better path for everybody, requires more of you than would becoming a virtuoso singer, dancer, or concert pianist. It is more difficult and requires more focus and diligence.
Sure, you can buy the latest leadership or management fad today, and then another one tomorrow, and another one the day after. You can be known as the person who pursues “the flavor of the month.” Or. . .you can get on the path of real achievement, which means practicing today in order to perform better tomorrow. And then tomorrow you practice again. So you are forever practicing in order to do everything better. That’s the path to. . . .real achievement and leadership from where you are.
What would a mantra for this course be?
Those who you cannot influence, will influence you.
What would your role be?
- To raise the kind of questions that will provoke the most productive discussions and thinking.
- To diligently study the reading material, optimizing everyone’s learning with your valuable feedback.
- To actively participate in a way that enhances the learning and mental / emotional resources of all those involved.
- To offer issues and concerns that move the group toward critical lessons learned.
- To demonstrate an insatiable, unquenchable curiosity about anything that bears upon the success of the course.