May 24, 2010

Team exercise: The Leadership Challenge

When Paul reminded us that Friday's Leadership Challenge would be the last opportunity to exericse leadership in LE, I told myself that I needed to push myself to make this leap. I reviewed what we had learnt from previous exercises and tried to apply them on friday.

I really appreciated my team who gave me effective and honest evaluation of what I have done well and wrong during the exercise. The feedback was exactly the same I received during MOC module last Oct. In other words, my learning curve as a leader is still linear (nothing changed) since last year. My indirect personality not only affects the communication but impedes my critical thinking to lead the team especially I was the only one who knew the information and they all counted on me to lead them. I thank my team mate who suggested many ways in the future for me to be more tough in the team. Yet, I need to find my own way being tough without conflicting myself. This is my lesson and area to be improved.

After LE, there is the real battle field awaiting for me without any simulations and exercises. I should never forget the nerve I had for Friday's exercise. LE opens the door for continuous improvement by self-reflecting. I really enjoy this module.


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  1. Paul Roberts

    An interesting post Julia. The most important point that you make is, I believe, developing your practice of leadership without conflicting yourself. That is, you should retain congruence with your true self (see Nick’s blog). In leadership challenge, the most important contribution the leader could make was to communicate. So being clear about the objectives of the exercise, the rules of the challenge, the resources available to you and the ability to communicate these clearly were the main challenges and if you feel confident in your knowledge of these you will be able to be firm and achieve team commitment to the goal.

    Well done for rising to the challenge and continue your reflective practice…

    26 May 2010, 10:14


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