We Assume Leadership Experience Accompanies Seniority!

I recently worked with a group of people who are amazing technical experts in their trade and known as 'leaders' in their industry.

Their collective dilemma was that their seniority created the assumption that they were experienced leaders of people. Whilst they were great at influencing others they lacked the 'day to day' direct involvement of people matters requiring leadership. Their confidence to approach these matters needed bolstering.

Whilst this has been a rather simple solution to implement with this group, I'm always gobsmacked at the lack of awareness of these three easy and accessible leadership development opportunities:

Volunteering - give your time and expertise and the experience in return is priceless

Mentoring - be one or get one; discussions of experience are extremely effective and memorable

Colleague Coaching - turn a coffee break into a role-play - practise and ask for feedback

These three strategies always appear in my Leadership Program frameworks and best of all - they're generally free.



Lou's Leadership Views: Thanks A Million

We’re acknowledging the many thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of Volunteers around Australia this week by saying, “thanks a million”.

You hear people say, “where would our country be without Volunteers” and it’s true, but maybe we don’t understand one of the meanings associated with this quote.

Volunteerism has a ‘Win-Win-Win’ effect on society. The organisation providing help, the person/people being helped and then there is the hero, the Volunteer. They feel a sense of self-worth, they learn through the process of helping and knowing from first hand, you feel ‘a better person’.

It dawned on me yesterday that the Leadership I experienced through volunteering myself over the many years in Junior Chamber International outweighed the opportunities provided in my corporate career. Mind you, considering the hours I worked, I think I volunteered at work as well!

Do you volunteer? Considered it? Go on, try it out or maybe do more of it. I am – I’ve been a bit lazy and it’s time to give more. I’ll say “Thanks a Million” in advance!


LDOs can be disguised, appearing as a tough timely task; others are blatantly obvious i.e. attending a ‘Leadership’ course!

With the surprise resignation, stepping down of the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, here’s a great LDO for one of the Cardinals to ‘Step Up’ and sit in the role until the new Pope is voted in. In some cases, when you Step Up, you have to fulfil two roles – however the experience is priceless.

In my experience of facilitating Leadership programs, the notion of ’Volunteering’ is for many an ‘Ah Ha’ moment. Realising doing work, sharing skills to help others, at no cost, is an ideal way to try new found behaviours which support, inspire and direct others.

Proactively arranging a project of social event, for a group of people is a LDO. Communicating, planning, creating followers and making things happen is what Leadership is all about. If you go beyond and above your normal duties or activities you’re pushing your personal boundaries and developing.

If you’re fortunate to have a Leadership Development program in your business or organisation – ask to become involved. If you’re on your own quest and need a guide, then connect with me and I’ll send you a Handbook.

So, step up, volunteer your skills & time and proactively arrange your own leadership development!