What an incredibly busy but empowering week last week was for me. You may recall that I was attending the High Performance Leadership Programme at Said Business School, Oxford University. It was a truly enlightening week, and I thought to share some of the key highlights from my programme.
I arrived London really tired one day before the programme but determined to give it my best shot. The HLP started off on Sunday evening with an introduction to Leadership Principles and concepts by Tim Morris followed by dinner and a cocktail where I got to meet most of the course participants, a diverse group from about 12-15 nationalities and even more diverse industries. A truly enriching group.
THE INCOMPLETE LEADER
Accept your strengths. Work around your weaknesses. From syndicates formed to debate leadership and performance issues, to private one-on-one coaching sessions (I cried once- coming face to face with your strengths and weaknesses does that to you- it’s okay to be vulnerable.)
Talking about vulnerable, the most empowering concept of leadership I got from this week was the concept of an “INCOMPLETE LEADER”. For most senior professionals and entrepreneurs, learning to embrace the fact that you will never be brilliant at everything can feel scary. But being reminded that there are others who are better at some things, and that you should actively find and enlist them to complete you, was truly liberating for a perfectionist like me who is always on a quest for excellence.
Not a particularly new concept I agree, but it was just what I personally needed at this time to set me free. I can strive for excellence without becoming burnt out by trying to do everything. So I spent time with my coach, identifying the few key areas that I’ve committed to working on over the next few weeks and months. (Look out for a whole new improved ME- hopefully it shows up in my writings too.).
PROOF THAT A POSITIVE MINDSET IGNITES SUCCESS AT WORK
Another concept that was as amusing as it was affirming was the concept of how a positive mindset affects your productivity. Amusing to me, because I thought, here I am at Said Business School, Oxford University, learning all the things I share with my friends on Magical Monday, Tycoon Tuesday and every day on my Facebook page. It was actually affirming because we were shown the scientific proof of “how a positive state of mind ignites your productivity.”
So if you had any doubt, hopefully you will be convinced now that your mindset plays a huge part in your journey to success and greatness. My recent post on the top 10 success factors for Champions is clearly apt against this backdrop and could easily have been used as the course outline for my programme. (Maybe a bit of an exaggeration but not too far off the truth). Read it here.
The rest of the programme dealt with using influence as a leadership tool, how to show up fully and maximise the power of being fully present, and making effective decisions as a leader. The week also had a poignant moment, when our group supported the #bringbackourgirls campaign.
There were also some magical moments such as the Oxford Tour, a traditional/formal dinner at the Exeter College after an incredible recital by the Exeter College choir specially for us, and what was perhaps the most heartwarming evening with one of our professors, Dr. David Pendleton and his band serenading us with great music on one of the nights. Goes to show that being a professor even at a great university should not rob you of your personality. It is what makes you – YoUnique.
Great friendships, magical moments, deep personal insights gained from my coaching sessions, breathtaking views of Romantic and historic Oxford, together with clarity that after all said and done, the formula for personal or corporate leadership starts with “a success mindset”…Everything rises and falls with leadership. And goodness knows that businesses, communities, families and the whole of creation is crying out for effective leaders.
I hope this helps you to see yourself as successful, encourages you to make an active plan towards winning, enlist the right team members, be a generous leader yourself, and to become open minded about opportunities for growth.
The sky is your limit this Magical Monday.
To your success.
PS: Enjoy the Album of my Oxford High Performance Leadership Programme here.