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Leading Teams will be starting a new High Performance Leadership (HPL) program in Sydney on Wednesday, 28 June 2017. We still have places available; submit your details in the form below and we’ll be in touch to discuss your individual requirements.

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Join a diverse group of your peers to share your experiences and learn about your own leadership style

You can also read on below for more details about High Performance Leadership or read some of the experiences previous participants have shared.

High Performance Leadership program

As with all of Leading Teams’ programs, whether it be a Performance Improvement Program with a team, a community program, one-to-one coaching or a High Performance Leadership program, our strength lies in the fact that we are facilitators rather than trainers.

We focus on the team, or individual’s, needs rather than following a training manual. Yes, we have models and we discuss leadership theory but that is used to support the learning, not drive it.

One of my colleagues says, “we want you to leave with thin folders and thick heads”, meaning that we want to challenge your thinking and get you ‘doing’ leadership, rather than talk about what leadership is and give you lots of data, theories and paperwork.

Proven experience of leadership

Throughout the HPL program, we use the Leading Teams High Performance Model as a guide to challenge the participants’ views and experience in leadership. Our experience in this field, and the success we have had using it, gives us our belief in our model: we know it works. At the end of the program we want each of the participants to be able to walk out with absolute clarity about the leader they want to be.

The HPL program brings together a group of people from different businesses at similar stages of their leadership journey.  They all have different experiences and backgrounds so we have to create an environment of safety and trust where participants can be honest and share case studies or issues they may facing in their workplace.

Through this process, we are able to share views and opinions that don’t have the emotional connection to the situation, and may be able to give a totally different perspective. There are often others in the group that have faced similar challenges throughout their career and can share their learnings to help guide the individual in how to handle the issue.

In the past, we have also run this program with groups of AFL coaches, assistant coaches and administrators. You would think that in the high-pressure environment of elite sport that there would be limited sharing, but as we are focussing on the situation, rather than the names of the people involved, we have had some really robust conversations that have led to great learnings for everyone involved.

For those in the group that may not have encountered the type of issue being discussed, it not only challenges them to think “what would I do?” but also arms them with strategies should they find themselves in a similar situation.

Time to put learnings into practice

Another key component to the program is the fact that it is run over a period of approximately six months with a month or so between sessions. This allows group members to implement their learnings from a session and then return to review the outcomes.

Many leadership courses are one or two days, or five consecutive days of ‘intensive’ training. I’m sure you would leave these courses full of excitement to go and implement all these great things you have learnt, but a key component in learning is our ability to review what worked and what we could potentially do differently next time. The fact that participants report their outcomes back to the group and can share with confidence not only strengthens the trust and relationships within the group members but can also give several different possible scenarios for discussion that they may not have faced.

This format also creates a level of accountability to the group, as members know they will be seeing each other again and will be reporting back. I have had great success with groups where individuals had been putting off genuine conversations they needed to have. Through the encouragement, support and accountability of their group these conversations were had and positive outcomes were achieved.

Wouldn’t it be great if, when you are going for your next promotion or interview and you get asked a question about your leadership beliefs, you could succinctly and directly answer the question, knowing the kind of leader you are striving to be?

Join us for the High Performance Leadership program in Sydney, starting Wednesday, 28 June

This specific program is targeted at middle management, people that are new to a leadership role or anyone looking to move into a leadership role and wants to improve their leadership skills.

Download the program brochure or submit your details below and we’ll be in touch.

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Simon started with Leading Teams in 2000 as an athlete facilitator then progressed to a full-time facilitator. He rejoined Leading Teams in 2015. Simon is based in Brisbane.