In a constantly changing world, it is crucial for leaders to know who they are and what they represent. This topic exposes participants to some key models of leadership, with special emphasis on an adaptive approach to complex and challenging problems.
Participants explore their personal values, their beliefs around leadership and management of others, and are invited to consider themselves as a work in progress, open to continuously learning and developing as a leader and as a member of the various communities to which they contribute.
Communicating for impact
Organisations achieve results through the collaboration of people, which requires robust working relationships, at the heart of which is effective communication.
This topic will expose participants to proven ways of listening and speaking which lead to greater shared understanding, reduce misunderstanding, reduce conflict and achieve robust outcomes.
They will learn how to engage those who think and communicate differently to themselves and be able to communicate candidly and with a sense of curiosity. This leads into the development of skills for engaging in difficult conversations and conflict.
Achieving outstanding organisational results requires the coordinated effort of people in teams. After building an understanding of the characteristics of high performing teams, participants will develop skills for achieving team trust, building a results-oriented culture of commitment and accountability, and engaging in productive conflict.
Their team management profile will be used to identify their own team role preferences and those of others, identify and deal with potential blind spots and know how to stretch themselves to work in areas outside their normal preferences. Participants will also learn how to recognise, value, and capitalise on the diversity within their team.
Building high performance teams
A significant transition all leaders must make is from that of individual contributor to one who achieves results through others. This requires that they are able to engage others in the goals and directions of the organisation, assign work appropriately and achieve outcomes over which they may have little direct control.
Participants will learn the principles of human motivation and how to tap into people’s personal sources of motivation. They will develop skills for providing feedback that builds confidence and keeps performance on track. They will learn how to identify people’s development needs and develop skills for coaching others to achieve performance outcomes.
Solving problems and making good decisions
As leaders assume more responsibility, the problems they solve become more complex and less able to be resolved by simple, technical solutions. The ability to properly identify problems, analyse them and make sound decisions becomes increasingly important.
Participants will learn how the framing of a problem affects the analysis and decisions that stem from it. They will learn how their cognitive and emotional abilities work together to inform how they think, what information they pay attention to and how they make decisions.
Participants will be able to separate technical problems from adaptive problems and will also learn how to match decision making styles to the needs of the problem so that they can achieve commitment from those who must enact the solutions.
Leading a culture of innovation and change
Leadership is fundamentally about successfully achieving change. In today’s world, change is constant and requires a significant investment of time and energy to manage successfully.
Participants will delve more deeply into the realm of adaptive challenges by learning how to see the ‘systemic’ aspects of their challenges. They will learn that successful organisations must constantly innovate and must have innovative cultures in order to thrive; participants will develop approaches for creating such a culture in their own teams.
They will also learn how to engage others in change, deal with resistance and manage stakeholders so that they can achieve their own change initiatives.
Committing to leadership
The final module provides a critical opportunity for participants to reflect upon their learning throughout the program, consider ways to fully leverage their new behaviours and mindsets, and start to commit to the changes that will see them become the leader they wish to be.
Featuring an effective, proven structure, the Colloquium is segmented into seven complimentary modules. Collectively, these modules provide a comprehensive exploration of leadership in the contemporary world.
The course commences with participants engaging in an examination of their leadership and learning goals. Participants complete a Capability Assessment and then undertake their first coaching session, in which they explore their assessment with a qualified executive coach.
Fortified with this new insight participants enter the first workshop with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to their development.
Personal Leadership Coaching
With their dedicated leadership coach, participants take a deep dive into their individual situations and establish the foundations for their unique vision of success.
Participants attend three coaching sessions at key milestones throughout the course. ASAM employs a rigorous, best practice approach to coaching which adheres to the code of ethics established by the International Coaching Federation.