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THE PATHWAY TO EXCELLENCE

LEAD

All of us lead in different ways throughout our lives. Leading well means motivating, influencing, directing and inspiring others to achieve together as a team. As you lead, you turn “My Purpose” into “My Practice” through service and volunteering, formal leadership and leadership development. This requires you to go on a journey from ‘me’ to ‘you’ to ‘us’ in your thinking and priorities. As you lead through the relationships in your work, your social life, and your broader contributions to society, you will use courage and compassion to answer the question “How can I best serve others?”
LEAD WELL THROUGH SERVICE

The key to living a good and worthwhile life lies in this idea of service. This means going beyond your wants and desires to put the needs of others ahead of your own. This begins with your family and friends, and it moves beyond as you consider what role you can play in the world. You will shape your purpose by reflecting on your people and your place. From this deep and sincere respect for others, you will develop your practice. You’ll come to experience the joys of working with others, getting the job done and doing it well. 

THE VALUES OF LEADERSHIP AND ADDING VALUE AS A LEADER

You will also need to know right from wrong and have the courage to act on your values. When we think about leadership for our world, we think about values such as:
    • Meaningfulness – leadership for good
    • Authenticity – leadership for real
    • Transformation – leadership for change
    • Sustainability – leadership for life
    • Service – leadership for others
    • Relationship – leadership for each other

In thinking about these values, you will strive to use your civic, performance and moral character to their best effect. You will need to develop the character and competencies of Future Builder, Responsible Citizen and Team Creator. As you work on your own leadership, you’ll also need to develop the character and competencies of your team members. 

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Mahatma Gandhi 

THE JOURNEY TOWARDS MASTERY: LEAD

Leaders, therefore, lead best when they equip, empower, and enable their teams. To do this, you will need to keep asking yourself important questions:
    • Learn: am I influencing the team to build their self-awareness and personal capacity through their learning?
    • Live: am I inspiring people to connect and live with each other and contribute to a shared culture in which we can all grow in character, competency, wellness? 
    • Lead: am I directing the team to focus their leadership on serving our community?
    • Work: am I motivating the team to become the people they need to be and achieve the best outcomes for all through their work?

As you answer these four questions by doing the work of the leader who changes the game for others, you will:
    • Strengthen the team through disciplined and purpose-driven practice
    • Inform the team by creating and communicating a vision for the future
    • Orientate the team to understand and manage change together
    • Focus the team on its problem-solving and decision-making
    • Align the team to its responsibilities through a values-based leadership style
    • Enrich the team by the very act of creating and cultivating the team 

STEP FORWARD AND UP AS YOU LEAD

As you grow in your leadership, you will most likely experience some progress, achievement and success on a personal level, on a team level, on an organisational level, and on a societal level. What happens when you struggle with this leadership work? Your teachers, mentors and leaders will guide you as you transition into adulthood. Their role modelling will help you to expand and adapt your own expertise and personal organisation. 

And in the future, you too will teach others "what we want, why we want it, and how we do it." You will provide hope to others about what is possible and create certainty in a world that is complex, loud and busy. As you do so, you will align your intentions with your vision and actions. You will pass to others what you have learned about leading in this way. This will determine your true impact on the world. 

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