Leadership White Paper : Development of Purposeful Leaders
Whether leaders are ‘born’ or ‘made’ is an age-old debate. When people are asked this question, generally the response is ‘leaders are made’. Ask whether they see themselves as a leader and the response is often ‘I’m in the role but wouldn’t say I’m the ‘leader’’.
Explore further and many believe they are ‘holding the fort until the ‘real’ leader arrives’. A very real concern exists that ‘real leaders naturally have it’ and that our own leadership feels like an act.
This is the first in a series of three papers where we will consider how people can move from ‘acting’ as a leader to ‘being a purposeful leader’.
This first paper explores areas Acorn have found are consistently important in the growth and development of purposeful leaders, areas such as:
- The concept of leadership
- How leaders are formed
- The leadership challenge – the importance of underlying psychology
- Growth mindsets
- Deep and broad learning
- Agency and permission
- Awareness of diversity challenges
- Ongoing development
About the author
Mike Pezet is a highly experienced and talented coaching and development consultant. A visiting Teaching Fellow with Lancaster University Management School, he is an Accredited Executive Coach, Action Learning Facilitator and trainer in Organisational Transactional Analysis. He has over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering change programmes and leadership assessment centres.
Mike works with both board level personnel through to those beginning to learn how they can deliver performance through others. He employs a range of interventional approaches which, combined with his practical and engaging style, make him a highly valued, innovative and effective consultant. Mike is also a published author with works of Effective Feedback and the use of coaching for reflective learning.