Today saw me attend a ‘leadership and motivation’ course and I must confess that by 4:30 this afternoon I’d lost all of my motivation and would happily be a follower rather than a leader!! It’s not that the course wasn’t interesting – in fact it was – but I simply couldn’t take any more theory.
For those of you ‘into’ that sort of thing, we looked closely at the traits and attributes of good leaders and as you can imagine various names cropped up. For me personally, I was more interested in the traits of a good leader (as opposed to actual leaders) and came up with the following as being essential – communication, honesty, flexible, optimistic, motivated and understanding. Ultimately, I guess everyone’s perception of what makes a good leader is different and that was very apparent today.
The ‘motivation’ aspect was a completely different kettle of fish and arguably more interesting – in terms of concept. This part of the course covered Edward de Bono’s ‘Six Thinking Hats’ theory and David Kolb’s ‘Learning Styles’ theory. It certainly proved very thought provoking stuff, but I suppose you could always argue the use and benefits for/against such theories in any organisation however big or small.
One other web site worth noting in ‘Business Balls’ which will no doubt provide me with some useful anecdotes for any future meetings I might organise/chair!