GIC Leadership Mastery Program
Emerging Leaders Pushing Limits
A mirror is a physical representation of true self-assessment. For anyone to become a strong leader it takes for them to take a cold hard look at their personal strengths, but even more so their weaknesses. This is the foundation of learning to grow outside of their comfort zone and making their weaknesses their strengths. It is a constant state of progress. Strong leaders strive to consistently challenge themselves and adapt to new situations alongside their teams.
The Leadership Mastery Program participants were challenged to push themselves outside their comfort zones and self- asses their skills and weaknesses. Below are two participants insights on their personal journey.
How did the Leadership Mastery (LM) program differ from the norm?
“The program started out by challenging us look within ourselves. It wasn’t only about taking a survey, undergoing an assessment or conducting a performance review. LM was an in your face, fully immersive program that had you questioning your peers’ and ultimately your own perspective from the onset. It pushed you to look for answers and seek results. Each session gave you a glimpse of what a true leader looks like and then left it up to you to figure out how to apply lessons learned to your own situation.
Through the experience of LM, I was forced to become more vulnerable as I looked at myself through different lenses. We learned to assess our ability to be mindful, creative, and curious, take risks and make decisions. We were consistently pushed to question our commitment to real leadership.
My team was inspired by my commitment to the program as I shared my learning with them. It allowed them to hold their own mirror up to examine themselves more closely. In this way it challenged them to become better versions of themselves.
As a result of looking more closely at myself, and becoming more accountable to what I was really seeing, it allowed me to make necessary changes towards becoming a better leader. I will never look at myself, my life or my business in the same way. I learned, I grew and I’m a better person and leader for it. “
-Melissa Smith, Regional Territory Manager Ohio
“Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, and what they look like.” *
* Paraphrasing of a verse found in the book of James in the Bible
The Leadership Mastery Program offered more frequent and longer looks into the “mirror”. I found that sometimes I was afraid to look too long for fear of actually seeing who I was or seeing the imperfections – although I had always convinced myself that’s what I was actually looking for in the first place. Then, the longer I looked, it became a matter of believing what I was seeing.
As I participated in the assessment process throughout theLeadership Mastery Program, I began to trust what the mirror was revealing. The assessments enabled me to grow and break free of some boundaries I put around myself. A quick glance only helped me to make adjustments to the superficial appearance. It helped me to look good temporarily at best. However, the longer and more frequent viewings into the assessments helped me to make the more uncomfortable but necessary adjustments and changes giving a lasting effect on my ability to lead.
All the looking is meaningless unless we do something with it. We need to look and act on what we have seen.
Through the Leadership Mastery Program I have learned to trust what I see in the mirror. I have learned to trust my instincts. I have learned to speak up and express my ideas. I have learned that being the leader is not wrong or offensive but rather a welcome relief to those expecting you to lead and this includes my friends and family. There are those who are looking for a leader to take charge and help them achieve their goals.
This was most profoundly tested in my life with the recent passing away of my mother. I am the youngest of 7 brothers and sisters. I was required to stand up and take control of the situation and lead my family through the end-of-life process. The others were emotionally incapable of leading during this difficult time. The voices of all involved with me throughout the Leadership Program echoed in my mind giving me the strength to lead.
I have challenged those who work with me to look at their own assessments and not simply say, “I know what I’m like”. I’m not only challenging them to grow and try new things but also to discover things that are already inherent within them. I want them to look into a mirror and be proud of who they are in order to participate more effectively as an employee of General Insulation.
– Dave Adamski (District Manager, Canadian Region)
Over the next few weeks, we will continue to highlight similar learning through this blog series, “Emerging Leaders Pushing Limits”. We’re confident you will enjoy reading, about their journey as you take their learning and apply it to yourself.
We Challenge you to Push your Limits.
Lorraine Grubbs and Rita Bailey
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