Monday 20th July the middle and senior leaders from the GSLC campuses spent the day building on their leadership thinking and practice from their first session in May.
As with all sessions the group began with a time to ‘centre’ followed by circle time where the members shared their hopes for the day as well as what has been moving for them.
The group engaged in developing personal mastery through the exploration of leadership archetypes, the roles that leaders can play, the difference between a hero leader and host leader and what is required to take a host stance.
They then moved on to exploring mental models and in particular the ladder of inference, making personal connections to the ‘Growing deep’ Capabilities.
Throughout this process, time was provided to reflect and think more deeply through journaling and dialogue walks.
Participants worked in groups to explore “Engaging the Community” identifying capabilities which can help and hinder. They then applied the learning and tools to their own leadership goals and roles for the term ahead.
As always, we finished the way we started, cultivating the social field by sharing new insights and goals as a result of the day. Some of these included:
- “I need to listen better, calm down, slow down and listen without making quick assumptions based on limited data”
- “I want to explore how we can implement systems and structures which will support more of a ‘host’ approach to leadership rather than me be the rescuer.”
- “I need to learn that it’s ok to fail and share this and the learning with others”
- “Being a better leader is not about me working harder, it’s about the environment I create”
- “I mustn’t take things so personally. I need to build relationships which focus on respect, integrity and empathy”
- “I am so grateful to the school for providing time to focus on what’s important in my role and to develop this thinking with my colleagues.”