As our careers develop and progress, it’s almost inevitable that we will take on a role involving more leadership. It comes as a reward for our hard work, but one that also requires a big shift in our responsibilities and required skills: without the right preparation, it can be a challenging transition.
Getting it right can be difficult, but appropriate training offers an important advantage, and the risks associated with ineffective leadership can be critical. Numerous studies and surveys suggest that poor management is a primary contributor to low productivity and employee disengagement, with one piece of research estimating that weak leadership can account for anywhere from 9% to 32% of a company’s voluntary turnover.
At The School of Life our focus on Emotional Intelligence allows us to get to the psychological core of what authentic, effective management requires. Leadership tends to amplify our weaknesses as well as our strengths, which is why our approach takes a thorough look at the emotional roots of our behaviour to help make sense of how we behave. Without an authentic leadership style, we run the risk of losing touch with what made us great at our work, and of alienating those we manage by adopting a leadership style based on our past experiences of authority rather than our own true personality.
In this workshop we will:
- Reflect on what distinguishes a great leader from a merely capable one.
- Explore how our personal histories have shaped our assumptions.
- Consider our strengths and blind spots and how they are likely to affect others on our team.
- Address key leadership challenges from the need to create a compelling vision to empowering others to do their best work.
9.15am Arrival, tea, coffee and pastries, meet and greet
9.30am Part 1 commences
10.30am Break (times vary)
10.45am Part 2 commences
11.45am Workshop concludes, reflections & questions
‘There was a real focus on how to get the most out of feedback and about thinking ahead to get to a goal’ – Participant, 2019
‘I learned to take the initiative and realise that my input is important and valued’ – Participant, 2019
'Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.'
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
About Business Workshops
Many of the most pressing problems of the modern workplace have to do with shortfalls in emotional intelligence – rather than with deficiencies in technical or ‘hard’ skills. Bringing together the expertise of entrepreneurs, psychologists, thought leaders and CEOs – and drawing upon The School of Life’s unique expertise in cultivating emotional intelligence – our Professional Workshops will equip you with the tools and strategies needed to thrive in the modern workplace. They also provide the opportunity for informal networking with other business professionals.