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JLBC Session 01: SELF-LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT


JLBC SESSION 01: SELF-LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

1. WHAT CAN YOU DO?

This refers to your character qualities, skills, knowledge, experience, hobbies, and networks that can enable you to achieve your Vision and help others.

CHARACTER QUALITIES are personality strengths, such as being naturally organized, having excellent social skills and finding it easy to get on with lots of people, having a knack for analytics or problem-solving, or being very calm under pressure.

SKILLS include talents or abilities you have developed, such as playing the piano, public speaking, being an engineer, teamwork skills, and leadership skills (naturally). Look to the list of leadership skills from JLBC Session 2 for ideas.

KNOWLEDGE comes from the combination of formal education, training, and experience.

EXPERIENCE provides credibility that you will likely be successful in similar and related endeavors in the future, partly based on the on-the-job learning one develops through work, team, and leadership experiences.

HOBBIES are things you love doing, your choices for how you spend your free time.

NETWORKS are contacts you have who can help advise you, give you references, collaborate with you, or provide you with a position.

The collection of the things above forms the background to crafting your Vision. All of these things can be enhanced or developed; however, one’s Vision should, to a large extent, spring from one’s natural abilities and preferences.

2. WHAT IS YOUR VISION? THE VISION ASPECT OF LEADERSHIP

One craft one’s Vision by reflecting on the following two questions:

In 10 years, who do you want to be, and what do you want to be doing professionally/with your life?

A more specific answer will be more motivating than a vague one. For example, “I want to be a geography teacher” is less motivating than “I want to be an extremely knowledgeable, creative geography teacher who brings the best out in her students.”

B What is your unique differentiator (i.e., what separates you from everyone striving for a similar career)?

This can refer to one thing specifically (e.g., “I want to be an internationally renowned architect”) or a combination of things that makes you unique (e.g., “I want to be an expert architect who makes outreach to disadvantaged communities a priority”).

QUESTIONS

1 IN 10 YEARS, WHO DO YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO BE, AND WHAT DO YOU GENUINELY WANT TO BE DOING PROFESSIONALLY/ WITH YOUR LIFE?

2 WHAT IS

YOUR UNIQUE DIFFERENTIATOR?

(i.e., what separates you from everyone else who is striving for a similar career)

JLBC Leading Change INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP

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