Leading from the middle of an organisation

FLI Club 11 Sept 2009

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Mee tin g wit h Ng uy ễn Lâ m Phương (Phuo ng nl)

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Mee tin g with T ra n T hi Ng uy et Oanh (O anh ttn)

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Why this topic???

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Some reminders

Leadership vs Management. 5 Levels of Leadership (5P/5R)

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Recall of some critical laws of leadership by John Maxwell
Laws of the Lid (Phuongnl) Laws of influence (Oanhttn) For another 19 laws please read … “21 irrefutable laws of Leadership” by JM or the book Leadership in Resilience

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Your Boss Your Boss’s Peers Your Peers Your Peer’s Subordinates Your Subordinates
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Your Boss’s Peers

YOU as middle level leader

Your Peers Your Peer’s Subordinates

The My th s of Lead in g from the Mi dd le of an Orga niza tio n

1) The POSITION Myth
“I can’t lead if I am not at the top”

2) The DESTINATION Myth
“When I get to the top, then I’ll learn to lead”

3) The INFLUENCE Myth
“If I were on top, then people would follow me”

4) The INEXPERIENCE Myth
“When I get to the top, I’ll be in control”

5) The FREEDOM Myth
“When I get to the top, I’ll no longer be limited”

6) The POTENTIAL Myth
“I can’t reach my potential if I’m not the top leader”

7) The ALL-OR-NOTHING Myth
“If I can’t get to the top, then I won’t try to lead”
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Ch all en ges of Leadi ng f ro m the Mi dd le of an Orga niza tio n
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The Tension Challenge:
The pressure of being caught in the middle

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The Frustration Challenge:
Following an Ineffective Leader

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The Multi-Hat Challenge:
One head, many hats

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The Ego Challenge:
You’re often hidden in the middle

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The Fulfillment Challenge:
Leaders like the front more than the middle

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The Vision Challenge:
Championing the vision is more difficult when you didn’t create it

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The Influence Challenge:
Leading others beyond your position is not easy
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Pri ncip le s to Lead Up (Yo ur boss)

Lead yourself Exceptionally Well Lighten your Leader’s Load Be Willing to Do What Others Won’t Do More than Manage—Lead! Invest in Relational Chemistry Be Prepared Every time you Take your Leader’s Time Know When to Push and When to Back Off Become a Go-To Player Be Better Tomorrow than you are Today
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Pri ncip le s to Lead Acr oss (Your pee rs )

Understand, Practice and Complete the Leadership Loop Put Completing Fellow Leaders Ahead of Competing with Them Be a Friend Avoid Office Politics Expand Your Circle of Acquaintances Let the Best Idea Win Don’t Pretend You’re Perfect

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Pri ncip le s to Lead Do wn (Yo ur tea m)

Walk Slowly Through the Halls See Everyone as a “10” Develop Each Team Member as a Person Place People in Their Strength Zones Model the Behavior You Desire Transfer the Vision Reward for Results

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Ru les of th umb s

A Leadership Team is More Effective Than Just One Leader Leaders are Needed at Every Level of the Organization Leading Successfully at One Level is a Qualifier for Leading at the Next Level Good Leaders in the Middle Make better Leaders at the Top 360º Leaders Possess Qualities Every Organization Needs
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