Don’t just aspire to be a leader
Honour the role
Aspire to make a difference
My approach is built on the empathy of someone who has deep experience with leadership, including the wisdom that can only come from the need to give of yourself as a leader.
I like the metaphor of the swan when it comes to leadership. When in the air or on the water, the swan finds its grace, beauty and presence – it is in it’s element. But it cannot spend all its time in the air or on the water. It spends much of its life on land, where it looks awkward and lumbering, struggling in this environment.
Such is leadership.
At times leadership requires a level of courage and bravery that you did not realise you possessed until such time as your circumstances demanded.
It is then that you have found your element as a leader.
Hence my manta:
“NEVER FORGET HOW HARD IT IS!”
FOUNDER & CEO
Leaders must drive their own learning
No one is going to do their learning for them
After many hours I finished the drawing, but it remained on my easel for a number of weeks. Whilst it was a decent drawing of a friendly man whose face told his story, it said nothing about how the world mostly judged him.read more
As a personal reflection, my greatest regret as a leader was not spending more time teaching. There were too many times I allowed myself to get lost in far less meaningful aspects of the role, the busyness, the stuff that really doesn’t matter.read more
Having spent a lifetime in the game, I learned that some people are into growing, but most people are only interested in arrival. The ‘arrival’ people create all the commotion that distracts from the critical work of the ‘growers’, who are playing a much bigger and far more important game, energised by all its possibilities, and significantly, not overwhelmed by its ambiguity.read more
Your words tell others what you think.
YOUR ACTIONS TELL THEM WHAT YOU BELIEVE.
In our experience the best leaders are not the most talented or gifted, they have established outstanding leadership and performance habits.
They have turned self responsibility into a daily practice, performance habits that compound over time to establish their personal leadership mastery.
At designCEO, we teach a system that is focused on high-performance leadership habits to enable leaders to establish their daily practice of leadership excellence.
We teach and embed four main leadership habits, to create the behaviours and culture to achieve high performance outcomes.
Define the leadership need
Many leadership development programs fail to answer the most critical questions, including:
– What is the organisational need for this program?
– What outcomes are you seeking from the program?
We first seek to determine the type of program required utilising the designCEO Performance Trust framework that matches leadership ambition with leadership capability to define expectations and performance outcomes.
FOCUS ON THE LEADERSHIP BEHAVIOURS TO BUILD LEADERSHIP CAPABILITY
When the goal is to build a leadership capability, we focus on developing the leadership behaviours that are most essential to meeting your organisational needs.
These fall into three are, those being Personal Leadership, Team Leadership and Execution Leadership.
Simply it means, getting the job done.
Embed a leadership system of operation
A central part of the program’s design is that it does not seek to replace important strategic, human resource and governance frameworks.
Its role is to ask the right questions of these programs, but more importantly, ensure that leaders take responsibility for their overall effectiveness.
Above all else, we are seeking to build powerful leadership habits, small changes done regularly, all aligned to a high-performance leadership mindset.
These include Behaviour Impact, Business Impact and Program Effectiveness.
PEOPLE WANT TO BELIEVE IN SOMETHING BIGGER THAN THEMSELVES.
You cannot just do leadership…
At age 24, I was the youngest CEO in the 160-year history of the AFL, the preeminent professional sporting competition in the country.
My first lesson came hard and fast. You cannot just DO leadership; you must BE leadership.
I then spent the next 25 years as a CEO of AFL clubs learning what it meant to BE LEADERSHIP.
It was a journey that would take me to some of the world’s best universities and most famous sporting clubs. I would seek and receive mentoring from thoughtful, inspirational and sometimes provocative leaders from sport, business and public life.
Forever a searcher, there was always the bedside table full of books, a selection of which would accompany me wherever my adventures took me, and whatever city our team played.