Advancing Collective and Backstage Leadership

We prefer the use of the term ‘practicing leadership’ to ‘developing’ it to emphasise the real life essence of leadership. So much has been written that the world is full of recipes and techniques, examples and role models. The rich plethora of available answers obscures the need to have good questions. Reflection and introspection seem like logical ingredients for being a good leader, yet our business and organizational life treats them as luxury that has no place in our ubiquitous ‘time famine’. Busy-ness has taken over business and leadership has been commoditised to a series of ‘how to’. Yet, there is hardly anything more precious in organizational life than the individual and collective leadership capabilities.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR LONGER TERM CONSULTING SERVICES:

Next Generation of Leaders

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR  SHORT TERM INTERVENTIONS :

The Leader with 7 Faces
The Leader as Architect – Uncover the Power of Backstage Leadership™

BOOKS AND LEARNING RESOURCES
Camino - Leadership Notes on the Road
The Leader with Seven Faces
New Leaders Wanted!
Leadership Principles Part I - learning from The Chalfont project Academy
Leadership Principles Part II - learning from The Chalfont Project Academy
Leading Culture Change - learning from The Chalfont Project Academy

The leader with Seven Faces

LEADERSHIP IS SOMETHING WE PRACTICE, NOT A THEORY, NOT A SET OF OFF-THE-SHELF RULES OR READY-MADE ANSWERS . THE SEVEN FACES FRAMEWORK QUESTIONS LEADERSHIP PRACTICES AND OFFERS A PROCESS TO ANSWER THEM

The Leader with Seven Faces is a programme designed to engage individual managers or management groups in an in-depth journey to uncover true and often hidden values and beliefs and create leadership skills and capabilities. Based upon Leandro Herrero’s book of the same title, this programme in its three forms, propel the manager or the group to the next stage of insights, change and effectiveness. For example, the team becomes more aligned faster through agreed non-negotiable behaviours and shared commitment to action.

In this journey we approach the Seven Faces: what leaders say (language and meaning), where they go (what maps and journeys, where they take people with them), what they build (what kind of legacy), what they care about (what values, what is non negotiable), how they do all this (what are the drivers, the styles), ‘what’ are they (awareness, responsibility, identity) and finally what leaders do.

THE LEADER WITH SEVEN FACES CAN TAKE PLACE IN THREE FORMS

As a seminar: this is a one or two-day intensive seminar with a management team, following the Seven Faces framework.

As a Senior Executive Retreat: This is a Monday to Friday programme for senior leaders/CEOs. It has become almost impossible for leaders in organizations today to create some personal space for reflection upon one’s leadership capabilities, style and impact. Pulled in many directions, the senior executive often reacts to events (or is controlled by them!) without a chance to step back and evaluate his/her role as leader. This retreat provides ‘protected space and time’ for reflection whilst at the same time using a clear structure for the in depth review of leadership. The emphasis of this retreat is on ‘personal time’. If your kind of leadership development programme is one that includes climbing mountains, building bridges and doing outdoor exercises ‘as a team’ or putting your physical energy to the test on survival exercises, this is NOT your programme. Admission to this retreat is by invitation only, following an interview.

As an individual coaching programme: this is an intensive, seven-week long personalized, one-on-one coaching programme using the framework and method described above.

Contact us and discuss your specific requirements:
uk-office@thechalfontproject.com
+44 (0)1895 549158

Next Generation of Leaders

WE WILL DEVELOP AND SKILL YOUR NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS WITHOUT SENDING THEM TO COURSES OR A BUSINESS SCHOOL

TAILOR MADE, NOR OFF-THE-SHELF

Your organizational future depends heavily on your next generation of leaders, more than the current one. The traditional way to address the need to prepare this population for their higher levels of accountability has been to send people to courses or to business schools, to rotate jobs and broaden their exposure, or combinations. Unfortunately many ‘courses’ and ‘programmes’ are very often off-the-shelf with some sort of tailored make-up for your organization. Many provide a good platform for individual learning but with more dubious pay-off in terms of the transfer of skills or direct application to the sponsor company. Once these managers are ‘back at work’ it is not always obvious how the individual benefit translates into the organizational one.

YOUR COMMUNITY OF NEW LEADERS

Our Horizons programme goes deep into your organization’s needs in terms of skills, capabilities, leadership (particularly leadership of change), intercultural aspects , team and network management and some other building blocks which are unlikely to be found together on a single off-the-shelf academic programme. Horizons is a bespoke programme which combines the instructional aspects of leadership with hands on practices in these building blocks. It is run within your company, creating de facto a ‘community of new leaders’ well beyond the individual educational gain.

Following a joint assessment with you, we will organize all the activities, whether classroom or real-life experience , into logical sequences running over a period of several months, adding mentoring and exposure of the delegates to the top leaders. How this community itself functions reflects the desired way of running ‘the organization of tomorrow’, which will be lead by these people. At the end of the journey the borders between ‘educational programme’ and ‘real life implementation and functioning’ of a new pool of leaders will be completely blurred. As individuals, the gains are enormous, and the benefit to the organization is not an after-thought or a goal for tomorrow, but engrained in the day to day life of today.

Contact us and discuss your specific requirements:
uk-office@thechalfontproject.com
+44 (0)1895 549158

The Leader as Architect - Uncover the Power of Backstage Leadership™

LEARNING HOW TO LEAD FROM THE BACK AND MULTIPLY YOUR LEADERSHIP POWER ACROSS THE BOARD

In his books, Viral Change and Homo Imitans, Leandro Herrero defines Backstage LeadershipTM as the type of leadership which supports and facilitates the leadership of others, usually in lower positions in the organization chart, without being too visible or exercising traditional full command and control. Backstage LeadershipTM  may be counterintuitive in the territory of classical leadership where visible role modelling and visible and directional presence are expected from leaders, particularly senior ones.

Backstage LeadershipTM as an intervention is a mixture of awareness, coaching, educational and skilling. We will introduce you to the concept of Backstage Leadership™, show what you need to master it and explore how Backstage Leadership™ can help your organization improve its culture and become more successful.  

Key learnings:

  • What Backstage Leadership™ is, why it is important and how it works
  • Uncovering the “3 Hats” of Leadership
  • The roles of influencers and of hierarchical leaders in Backstage Leadership™
  • How influencers are identified and how leaders can support them
  • Why leaders gain control rather than lose control through Backstage Leadership™
  • How we use Backstage Leadership™ in Viral Change™ programmes

Contact us and discuss your specific requirements:
uk-office@thechalfontproject.com
+44 (0)1895 549158

And launching soon – Online Interactive Learning Package exploring the key concepts of Backstage Leadership™ – follow The Chalfont Project Academy for further details.

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