In Authentic Leadership

Authentic leadership is the full expression of “ME” for the benefit of “WE”.

This is a 10-session curriculum, led by a moderator (a leader within your organization) to help you grow as a leader in your authenticity, adaptability and impact in the organization. Each session is designed for experiential learning so you learn by doing within the session. In addition, you will have powerful exercises to bring your practice to life in the workplace to help you advance your goals. Below are session objectives for each session.

Contact me if you’d like to participate in a Circle or create one for your team or organization. Here are reasons why you should join!

Session 1: Step Back, Set Goals, Step In

You joined the circle. You are making a powerful commitment to your personal leadership, power, and impact. This first session helps you set powerful goals, create trusted connection with circle members, and create a sustainable structure that will maximize your learning and practice.

Here’s what we will cover:

  • Discover your most important “why” for joining the circle & make it come alive.
  • Commit to specific goals you want to achieve and skills you want to grow.
  • Create authentic, confidential connection with other circle members to learn powerfully together and support each other.
  • Get an overview of the Seven Practices of Authenticity from the book Wired for Authenticity
  • Co-create a structure of meetings, homefun assignments, and experiences that will bring learning alive for you.

Session 2: The Practice of Befriending Your Body

Befriending your body is critical to the practice of sustained leadership growth, what I call Whole Body Leadership ™. By working with our own bodies, we can grow in our self-awareness, we can practice greater courage in situations, we can have more powerful presence to become more powerful communicators, and we can get unstuck from situations that derail us.

Here’s what we will cover:

  • Discover your own habitual response to stressful situations where you may sabotage yourself
  • Learn how to return to your authentic self through your body using the latest neuroscience research.
  • Experience fear and discomfort and learn an in-the-moment practice to transcend it.
  • Learn powerful practices to grow your executive presence and impact

Session 3: The Practice of Stay Curious

In a global world that is constantly changing and one that requires us to adapt to be effective, the practice of Stay Curious is essential. Our brain has a tendency to want to create decision-making short-cuts called assumptions. We make assumptions about situations, the business, people we work with, even ourselves. The problem is that we see these assumptions as the Truth vs. simply a perspective we are holding. The practice of Stay Curious helps us know ourselves, others, and the situation at hand as we evolve.

Here’s what we will cover:

  • Discover our leadership purpose and how we want to impact the workplace with it.
  • Learn our own greatest strengths and also our greatest inner saboteurs. We will share which of our inner saboteur thought patterns can derail us and prevent us from achieving our goals.
  • Practice curiosity and 360 degree listening.

Session 4: The Practice of Let Go

What do you need to let go of to let your authentic self emerge? In this session we will look at what we need to let go of in order to achieve our goals.

Here’s what we will cover:

  • Review the nine areas of Letting Go and discover how they impact our leadership.
  • Do a personal review of goals and determine what to let go of in order to achieve our goals.
  • Determine which of the areas of letting go we want to make a deeper practice in the coming week(s)

Session 5: The Practice of Give Yourself An A

Giving yourself an A is nothing other than fully accepting yourself as you are, including the parts of yourself you don’t like. It is very hard to be both self-confident and humble in leadership unless we accept both our strengths and our short-comings. Fully accepting ourselves allows us to take a stand for what we believe in as well as be open to listening to others’ viewpoints. It allows us to create a culture of acceptance around us where others who are different from us can thrive. Here’s what we will cover:

  • Discover parts of ourselves that we feel are inappropriate in our workplace interactions.
  • Learn how bringing that “unacceptable” part of ourselves to our workplace can actually improve our leadership range.
  • Create more authentic connections with “difficult” people.

Session 6: The Practice of Choose Be Before Do

Whether it is dealing with conflict, or delegating effectively, or dealing with a tough boss, there are certain leadership situations that seem to repeat themselves and challenge us. We stay stuck. This power practice allows us to expand our leadership range so we can be effective in more situations. This is the key to adapting while still being true to who we are. It allows us to decide which part of ourselves best serves the moment vs. operating from our leadership defaults or triggers.

Here’s what we will cover:

  • Learn our individual default situations where we seem to continue to be challenged.
  • Learn the 4-question formula that will allow us to be most authentic and adaptive in our most challenging situations.

Session 7: The Practice of Face The Dragon

Developing leadership courage is a key component of transformation. Whether it is the courage to have a difficult conversation, the courage to take a stretch assignment, or the courage to ask for what we want from others, we all need to develop these courage muscles. We need to be able to transcend our fears and discomfort.

Here’s what we will cover:

  • Review our goals and get awareness of the fears that we will need to transcend to reach our goals.
  • Learn three ways to transcend fear and develop your own personal courage repertoire.
  • Learn and practice the skill of difficult conversations.

Session 8: The Practice of Dance With Your Dream

According to Gallup 70% of employees are disengaged. It costs organizations billions of dollars is lost productivity. Employees miss the chance of bringing their strengths and passions to the workplace. This practice helps us create and connect with a dream for our impact in the workplace.

Here’s what we will cover:

  • Revisit our leadership purpose and discover what ignites us.
  • Using “Yes, And”, brainstorm ways to bring what ignites us to the workplace.
  • Create a vision board for our Dream.

Session 9: Bring Authentic Leadership to Your Team

As we grow in our own skill sets in being authentic in workplaces, we role-model and create cultures of greater authenticity and adaptability. In this session, we will determine who we want to impact and influence within our teams and in our life by role-modeling authenticity.

Here’s what we will cover:

  • Discover the impact of our greater authenticity and adaptability on our goals as well as those we influence and interact with.
  • Pick a team or group of people where we want to bring greater authenticity to our interactions and culture.
  • Pick a tool that we want to teach others or invite others to learn.

Session 10: Celebrate, Collaborate, Co-Create

In this final session, we will celebrate who we have become together and the goals we have achieved together. We will share powerful acknowledgments and we will determine where we want to go from here in our authenticity practice.

Here’s what we will cover:

  • Powerful acknowledgment of our growth as individuals and as a group.
  • Discuss what we want to continue to practice and learn together and how to support each other going forward
  • Determine whether our group wants to continue to meet and if so what the learning areas we want to focus on for our growth.

Copyright 2015: Transformational Leadership Inc.


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