The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born–
that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
Why does leadership matter, no matter your position?
Think of a couple of individuals who you consider to be leaders.
What is it that made you think of them?
Do you think about how well they perform their job function or do you think about how well they influence and interact with others?
Do you think about their analytical skills, planning abilities, and their place on the organizational chart or do you think about how they are able to have productive conversations with difficult people, how they can resolve conflicts in ways that reinforce relationships instead of tearing them apart, and how they generate enthusiasm and foster greater cooperation from others?
Do you think about how well they know a particular computer software or do you think about how they have a way of getting along well with those they work with, how positive they make others feel about themselves, and how they have a seemingly natural ability to encourage others to do their best work?
What sets these people apart from the rest?
Here’s the thing: Leadership is not about competencies or technical skills. Although excelling in these are undoubtedly essential to our overall success, they are the requirements for being an effective individual contributor; they are, at best, only a part of being a leader.
Leaders rise above their functional skills and understand how to work with and bring out the best in others to create mutually beneficial relationships. They know this is the real way for everyone to achieve success.
Leadership is how we interact with, inspire, and influence others. It’s the leader in us that makes all the difference in how we are perceived and the better we are as leaders, the greater and more sustainable success we create for ourselves and everyone we come in contact with.
Too many people view management as leadership. It’s not.
Leadership comes from influence, and influence can come from anyone at any level and in any role. Being open and authentic, helping to lift others up and working toward a common mission builds influence.
True leadership comes when those around you are influenced by your life in a positive way.
Realizing Leadership Development Series
The Realizing Leadership Development Series (RLds), hosted by Realizing Leadership Editor Laurie Wilhelm, is a live, online development series tailored to those who want to excel as leaders. The series provides monthly access to top quality leadership development coaches and trainers in an easy-access, web-based setting.
Accessing the sessions: on the designated date, participants simply click on the link provided in their registration conformation email and type in their unique access token. There is no software to download—the session simply starts. It’s easy and it’s fast. Each monthly session is 50 minutes and all content is relevant, practical, and results oriented.
Leadership sessions will cover topics such as:
• Emotional Intelligence and the Leader
• Lead Through Influence
• Leading as an Introvert or Extrovert
• Employee Engagement and Leadership
• A Leader’s Accountability
• Transformational Leadership
• Leading Without Authority
• Leading the Team
• Leading Difficult People
• Servant Leadership
This series is designed to provide high quality, content-rich leadership development regardless of the participant’s position, level, education, and background.
Leadership is defined primarily by our behaviours and actions, not by our roles.
Unlike most development programs that are delivered as one-off sessions by an individual representing one organization or consultancy, the Realizing Leadership Development Series presents an ongoing variety of specially selected leadership specialists each with their own area of leadership expertise to lead the sessions. This way, you benefit from an even greater array of leadership ideas, perspectives, and approaches while having access to some of the top leadership thinkers, coaches and trainers in the field today.
Survival of the fittest is not the same as survival of the best.
Leaving leadership development up to chance is foolish.
What to Expect: Session Description
Prior to the Session
Registered attendees will receive a short document (pdf) containing information about the leadership presenter and topic area. This document will also include the discussion questions so participants can consider their responses as they participate in the session.
Leadership Development Presentation
Presenters with in-depth knowledge of the strength of leadership and its challenges offer real, practical solutions and how-to approaches that enhance the participants’ ability to successfully integrate leadership skills in their roles. All sessions will be highly focused and include action steps to implement these concepts in daily work life.
Ask the Coach
This is a rare opportunity to interact with some of the top leadership minds. Participants can forward questions during the session or immediately following for additional clarification on the points made.
Answer the Coach
The presenter will ask questions to the participants who can then share their thoughts through the session’s chat function. The responses will be elaborated on by the presenter in real time for more relevant and practical learning. In addition, attendees can participate in the presenter’s polls so those who don’t want to respond directly, can voice their thoughts through the session’s interactive polling function.
After the Realizing Leadership Development Session
Most training programs stop at the end of the session, but we understand that leadership is a journey and requires ongoing input and resources. After each development session, participants will receive a review document containing:
• The presenter’s main points and highlights including the how-to leadership action steps.
• Select questions that were not answered in the Q&A session will have written responses by the presenter and forwarded to all those who attended the session for continued learning.
• The code to download a free copy of the latest issue of Realizing Leadership magazine.*
Who are the Leadership Development Presenters?
The presenters who lead the development sessions are coaches, trainers, keynote-speakers, and teachers, many of whom also have considerable hands-on experience in executive and management positions. These specialists offer insight and understanding of how leadership applies to every level in an organization. All sessions are tailored to the RLds audience and explain leadership concepts and ideas as well as action steps to implement these concepts in daily work life. Many of these specialists have been featured in or contributed to issues of Realizing Leadership magazine. To view a list of past issues, please go to the Past-Issues page.