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Leaders Development Programme: Session Two

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Mastering the Art of Leadership

The BPS Birmingham Future’s Leadership Development Programme cohort mastered the art of leadership, in their second workshop at Aston Business School. Pascale Daher, work and organisational psychologist, creatively highlighted that leadership style should be shaped by the context. This tailored approach will earn greater engagement and growth with colleagues, and ultimately reward the business.

Pascale applied Situational Leadership Theory with the help of Barack Obama, Chandler Bing and (interestingly-shaped) origami penguins. Demonstrating that “good leadership” is often a poor judgement of our sub-conscious, context is key to leadership style… it’s all about the time, place and person.

Pascale, who has over 10 years’ experience delivering training, teaches Aston University MSc students and is undertaking her doctoral studies and researches on leadership, diversity and social identity. In her corporate experience, Pascale has delivered talent management, recruitment and selection and competency frameworks.

Her thought-provoking questions and case studies narrated the Situational Leadership Theory’s principal; the best leadership style depends on the followers’ job maturity (ability) and psychological maturity (willingness).

Then split into pairs, some laughter, success and frustration highlighted differing leadership styles within the cohort. Taking turns to explain origami instructions, followers (makers) relied on leader’s guidance to create “artistic” frogs, penguins and dogs.

Going beyond paper frogs, Pascale applied the lessons learnt to the common workplace scenario when team leaders gain a new team member. Leaders should consciously evolve their style as the follower’s maturity changes. They will arrive highly-motivated but this often fades as a feeling a lack of achievement kick in. If leaders support and coach learning and development, the follower will gain the knowledge and motivation to undertake more responsibilities. This then enables the leader to step back and become a delegator. Implementing a constructed leadership process serves greater output, commitment and relationship in the future.

Andrew Cleaves, Principal of BMet and special guest to the session, cemented the sessions learning outcomes with an inspiring closing speech that a great leader listens, learns and evolves.

If you are inspired to learn practical advice from Aston Business School their free monthly breakfast events, Fresh Perspectives, are open for all to attend.

Book your place for the short lectures online: http://www.aston.ac.uk/aston-business- school/executive-development/fresh- perspectives/