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#4 Leadership and Power
A successful leader is skillful in managing relationships.
In this training seminar we explore the two major dimensions of relationship: vertical and horizontal.
The horizontal aspect involves collegiality and mutual influence; it is accompanied by connection and openness. The vertical component requires the use of power. This involves many strategic skills including making hard decisions, maintaining control, exerting influence and keeping a goal focus.
The way that power differentials are navigated determines whether leadership is effective on both horizontal and vertical levels. If people feel respected, they are more likely to follow directions. But insufficient decisiveness can result in a reduction of output and efficiency.
This seminar will examine the ingredients required for the competent use of power, relating the formal and informal aspects of organisational leadership in a coherent framework. The latest theories and research findings which help us understand power dynamics will be introduced, and we will look at how these can be applied to the challenges which leaders face.
In exploring the complexities of the use of power, we will address issues such as power styles, contextual influences and formative experiences of power, and the relevance of shame in understanding leadership effectiveness. The ethics of power will also be addressed, and the concept of the ‘Unvirtues’ - the underbelly of good intentions - will be introduced as a powerful tool to assist in transparency in leadership.
All aspects of the workshop will be applied to participants, leading them through reflective and experiential processes in order to gain insight and integrated understanding.
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