Become a Self-Aware Leader
Oct 25, 2017
Are you a leader or collaborator?
How intentionally self-aware are you? Do you work with others towards shared goals? Are you a team member or a leader?
Chances are, you’ve been both – whether in your workplace, your local community, or within your family – you have taken on roles as a collaborator or a leader, sometime shifting between both at once.
But what kind of a collaborator and leader are you?
Are you intentional in where and how you choose to spend your time and energy?
Or do you habitually pay attention to some things, tasks, and people, while ignoring others?
Do you notice yourself reacting from moment to moment to whatever seems most urgent or whoever seems most insistent?
Sometimes we try to compartmentalize – thinking about our work / life balance.
Sometimes, we believe we can multi-task and smash everything together into one endless exhausting juggling act.
Whether you compartmentalize or multi-task, would you like to be more intentional in how you participate in your situations?
How are you as a collaborator?
Do you bring your own fully-integrated and authentic presence to all your roles?
Or do you find yourself at times alienated from the roles you play? What impact does your distance have on the potential for truly open and effective collaborative relationships?
How are you as a leader?
Are you consistent in your priorities, accurate in your read of situations, authentic in your roles, and proud of all your decisions?
Or do you sometimes surprise others with your reactions to situations? Do you surprise yourself on reflection, when you stop to think about some of your actions and decisions?
How many of us are ready to listen to feedback on our leadership performance? How many team members are skillful and also courageous enough to offer their leaders insightful feedback that the leader is willing to hear and act on? Why do we all have blind spots when it comes to how we lead?
The Leadership Competencies of Bad Bosses
We’ve all worked for people who we’d put on a personal list of bad bosses. It’s obvious to team members which leadership competencies the bad boss is missing. I think you’ll recognize some of their traits in people you know. A few might even hit a little bit close to home.
The first reason might be that not many people have the skill and courage to provide the feedback leaders need to hear. But, I think the real reason is few of us are ready to hear feedback about our leadership. After all, no one wants to be a bad boss, and we certainly don’t want to hear evidence that suggests we are.
Instead, we each build our stories about ourselves, and focus on the characters we identify with and aspire to be. And that leads us to focus on some leadership competencies, and ignore others.
The 7 bosses I talk about in the above series of 8 x 3 minute embedded videos don’t set out to be bad bosses. They each aspire to be a certain kind of admirable leader, but they end up focusing on too few or the wrong mix of leadership competencies.
They do this because they want to stick with what’s familiar, and project what they think is key in their self-image, and stay true to what they interpret as the correct way to perform their roles.
What are your personal aspirations as a leader in your life?
Would building deeper self-awareness help you become a better leader?
Would you also like to experience more open collaborative relationships?
Do you strive to build a more integrated and authentic presence across your life?
If so, this course may help you along that path!
Become a Self-Aware Leader
This course will help you gain clarity around how you perceive the world and yourself in it.
It will guide you through developing self-awareness around how you think, explain, judge, and frame your familiar and recurring situations. You will also examine the roles you adopt in your situations, and the values and priorities you bring to them. The course draws on over 100 published references across psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and philosophy.
You’ll explore how the ways you think about and explain situations influence the ways you frame the world. You’ll also gain insight into how these frames influence the ways you judge yourself and others. You will begin to see how these ways of thinking, explaining, judging, and framing influence your values and priorities.
By the time you complete this course, you will…
Have a new perspective on what self-awareness even means!
Have a deeper understanding of the importance of self-awareness in becoming a better leader.
Be building ongoing reflective practices to help you be more intentional in bringing your best self forward.
Have a way to talk about all of this with other people in your life.
The course includes:
- A simple, convenient, mobile-friendly interface so that you can view course materials however and whenever you like;
- English closed captions, onscreen graphics, and variable speed playback so that you can customize your viewing experience;
- Free preview videos, so that you can get a first impression of the style and content before you enroll;
- A 30 day money back guarantee provided by Udemy, so that you can enroll risk-free; and
- Lifetime access via Udemy, so that you can return anytime as part of your ongoing self-reflection and learning.
Drawing on over 10,000 hours of learning, research, and experience, the instructor has created this course with your learning in mind:
- Over 10 hours of self-directed online and offline learning opportunities, for you to work through at your own pace;
- Over 2 hours of video content in short lesson format, for you to view or listen to at your convenience;
- Detailed online course notes with reference links, for your further reading and self-directed research;
- 7 online assignments, to guide your reflections and learning through each section;
- 3 major guided offline exercises supported by over 90 pages of pdf documents created exclusively for enrolled students.
- Leader Insights: What All Bad Bosses are Missing!
- What Are Your Core Values?
- Two Ways of Thinking.
- Three Ways of Explaining.
- Four Ways of Judging.
- Five Ways of Framing.
- Claim Your Core Values and Express Their Significance.
- Do You Wear Your Roles with Integrity and Authenticity?
- Act on Your Intentions – Reflect, Grow, Celebrate, Share.
Launch date: September 2019
Self-Aware Leader: Two Ways of Thinking
About the instructor:
James Thomas is a professional Leadership Coach and Team Training Facilitator.
James brings over 23 years of international experience in engineering consulting, project management, entrepreneurship, organizational capabilities development and leadership coaching.
He is an Alumnus of Harvard Business School, and a Certified Executive Coach through Royal Roads University. He also holds certificates as a training facilitator through Authentic Leadership Global, and a change management professional through Prosci.
James is passionate about helping collaborators and leaders develop their intentional self-aware best and fully engage with all aspects of their lives.
I look forward to sharing this course with you! I hope that you will share with me some of the insights and inspired action this course moves you towards! Wishing you the best as a collaborator and leader across all the roles and situations in your life.
– James Thomas, October 2017.