Developing your Darkside: Balanced Leadership
This interactive workshop explores how you can drive greater success and fulfillment by using the full range of human emotions, both positive and negative.
Imagine a tennis player that only worked on his forehand, or a golfer that focused only on her putting, they would never reach the top of their game, but yet we frequently limit the range of emotions we use at work. The prevailing leadership paradigms focus on the effective use of positive emotions and behaviours but what about our dark side?
Is it possible that we have untapped potential? That we are limiting ourselves by limiting the range of emotions we use? When is anger appropriate? Can guilt be good?
This workshop is about understanding the full spectrum of your emotions, exploring when they serve you, and developing strategies to become a more balanced leader to drive greater success and improve organisational performance.
- Being comfortable with discomfort: An antidote to the happiness panacea?
- Too much of a good thing: When your strengths can be bad
- Optimising, harnessing the extra 20%: How to use your negative emotions to improve your leadership and increase performance
- Balanced leadership: Using the full range of your emotions and behaviour to deliver success
- Exploring your Darkside: Optional use of Hogan’s Darkside insight psychometric
- Understand the role of both positive and negative emotions in driving success
- Know how and when to use your negative emotions to your advantage
- Learn how to harness the full spectrum of emotions to improve your organisation’s performance
- Assess the risks associated with your strengths
- Build a deeper awareness of the impact of your overplayed strengths
- Create a balanced leadership action plan
Added March 2017.
Courses with Horses - Equine Facilitated Learning
For groups of more than seven people another facilitator will be present to facilitate the horse interaction.
LeadChange ‘Courses with Horses’ combine interactions with horses (on the ground – not horse riding) and non-directive coaching in powerful learning experiences, through which participants explore and expand their emotional intelligence, leadership, communication and influencing capabilities.
Interacting with horses at liberty (not on lead ropes) demands the same personal qualities that make for effective leadership in work and life – awareness, clarity, focus, intention, energy, empathy and influence.
There is a world of difference between knowing and doing. There is a gap between theory and practice; between awareness and action; between what we know and what we do. We move from knowing to doing when changes take place at a deep neurological level - through insights ('aha' moments) which create complex new neurological connections.
Leadership calls for a dynamic combination of self-awareness, multiple intelligences and highly developed interpersonal skills. Knowledge informs; skills are developed through practice - requiring an experiential approach which allows participants to observe and learn from the impact of their behaviour.
LeadChange holds up the mirror to leadership behaviours and facilitates rapid development of leadership skills. Interacting with horses, delegates come face to face with their personal leadership challenges and are coached to overcome them. The changes they make are reflected back instantly in a dramatic and memorable way by the response of the horses.
Sessions mix ‘classroom’ learning with time in an indoor arena with the horses. The whole group are engaged throughout either participating or observing.
- Why horses: Exploring the qualities of effective leadership and horsemanship.
- Creating your own reality: understanding self-awareness and mental maps.
- Insight and Aha moments: the neuroscience of how humans change.
- Intention and energy: LeadChange model of personal impact.
- Session with the horses: Groups of up to 7 leaders work with 1 horse and 1 facilitator to complete tasks and work on their personal leadership challenges both individually, and as a group. They are coached throughout to observe and learn from the impact of their own and others behaviour.
- Performing 'in the zone'.
- Presence, impact and gravitas.
- Personal energy and focus.
- Non-verbal communication.
- Emotional awareness.
- Working with powerful intention.
- Inspiring and motivating others.
- Setting and maintaining clear boundaries.
- Operating with purpose, direction and conviction.
- Managing the task-relationship paradigm.
Can be run as a half day workshop and full day retreat.
We are geographically flexible so can run at locations convenient for groups. We have a network of horses and venues across the country all of which are carefully selected to adhere to our high standards from both a client experience and horse care perspective. The sessions are a mix of classroom and working with the horses in an indoor riding arena so we are not affected by weather conditions.