The first part of the leadership program was to establish a leadership framework as a basis for self-reflection. This was a structured approach to explore what leadership meant and to have a strong methodology and consistent approach to leadership at each layer of the organisation. This was all about the opportunity to become better leaders. The leadership workshops helped people realise that leadership started with the individual, teams and then across the whole organisation. The Leadership Sphere through a combination of pre-work, individual assessments and practical examples, were able to help everyone to self-reflect, challenge and understand their own leadership mindset and how that fit with the overall culture of the leadership group. It reinforced the importance of maintaining a safe place for people to present their ideas, challenge the status quo and to openly give and receive feedback.
“The journey that The Leadership Sphere took everyone on was one of self-reflection, challenge and realisation.”
The second part of the leadership program was to view leadership as a way of empowering others to be the best they could be. Executives believed that the strategy was sound and that the purpose of ATG was clear. The focus was about helping and that transformation had to start with each person in the room. The leadership group needed to create, maintain and consistently work on building a culture that was supportive and that could innovate in the right areas and for the right reasons. The work that was undertaken in the leadership workshops allowed people to move beyond self and to think about the leadership styles that would help others, in their own teams and across functions. This presented enormous opportunities for the group to get in touch with who they really were and the way in which they went about their day to day. Each person was able to understand their own leadership style, what was working that they could maximise and areas for improvement. For many of the leaders in the group, this was the part of the leadership training that had most impact.
“The work that was undertaken in the leadership workshops enabled people to move beyond self and to think about the leadership styles that would empower others, in their own teams and across functions.”
The final part of the leadership workshops was to put together an action plan. The rapport that The Leadership Sphere had gained with the leadership group was pivotal to being able to challenge the group in a constructive way and to build a practical action plan. It was commented on by several of the senior leaders that Phillip Ralph, the main facilitator from The Leadership Sphere, was able to combine a strong level of intellect with practical application and made the leadership development program unique and one that was accepted by everyone.
“The Leadership Sphere were able to combine a strong level of intellect with practical application and that was what made the leadership development program unique and one that was accepted by everyone.”