This box of solutions is designed to assist the new or novice leader in learning skills, practicing behaviors, and utilizing cases to become an Unboxed Leader. Anyone and everyone can be a leader regardless of your title, rank, or position. This toolkit will provide you with key themes and messages to achieve success. A famous Mother Teresa quote is "You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things." So, let’s teach one another in our learning. This is built to be an interactive learning tool. This leadership curriculum is adaptable Middle School, High School, Higher Education, Tribes, and Corporate Clients.
Completion of this course requires demonstration and mastery of the following competencies:
Do the right thing, even when no one is watching. If you make a promise or commitment, always follow through. If you are not able to meet the commitment, explain why you were not able to perform.
All successful leaders set goals. It’s not enough to just set goals, but make sure they are SMARTER! That is, each goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely, evaluable, and reflective.
Have you even been frustrated because you don’t have all the information you need to be successful? Learn from that experience, and be a leader that clearly communications vision, expectations, and information.
My grandfather always said, “get an education…because no one can ever take that away from you.” Education doesn’t end when school is over. Dedicate yourself to lifelong learning and realize it’s never too late to teach an "old" dog new tricks.
Innovation comes more natural to some people; however, it can be learned. Being an innovator is simply thinking outside of the box to find creative solutions. There are very few times in life where you have no options. Innovation comes from asking questions, researching, and exploring all options – even those we’ve never done before.
This competency also comes more naturally to some people. Innate problem-solvers love puzzles and “hands-on” activities. Leaders are constantly required to creatively solve problems in difficult situations. If you’re not a natural problem-solver, the key is to stay positive!
While some may think that risk-taking is scary and not professional, quite the opposite is true regarding leadership. Strong leaders are willing to accept challenges, try new things, and take risks to move an organization forward – even if it means stepping off a ledge.
Visionary leaders can not only think outside of the box, but also regularly think about where the organization is going long-term. Often referred to as the “30,000 foot-view,” these leaders can look above the weeds to make sure all team players are headed in the same direction.
Strategy is a key element in sports and even in chess. If a leader and/or organization does not utilize strategy, often team members are not on the same page. Just as Sun Tzu, wrote in The Art of War, “victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.”
You’ve read those disclosure statements in job descriptions, employment applications, loan applications, etc. They read, “we do not discriminate based on XYZ…” As an effective leader, you must meet the challenge of being inclusive to everyone on your team, regardless of everything. Everyone has the same right to be a leader and it is your responsibility to help nurture and coach them to success.
Marketing, networking, and public relations are critical for any present-day leader. If you are at a professional event or function, make it your goal to meet as many people as possible. You’ll never know when you will meet someone who can help achieve your goals – and in turn, you’ll be able to help meet their goals.
Facilitation skills could be the hardest competency to learn and master. Whether you are presiding over a meeting or leading a simple conversation about a community service fundraising event, you will be required to hear multiple perspectives. Flip-charts often help with brainstorming ideas and capturing everyone’s input. As a facilitator, it is your role to stay neutral, respect all speakers, and ensure that all ideas are captured and acknowledged.
Instructor guide is mailed ground through USPS and should arrive within 7 to 10 business days after purchase date. Electronic copy will also be made available.
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