Time for a Leadership Expedition

How often do the people leading your departments and projects…

  • inspire results, rather than try to force them?
  • prevent problems, instead of always just reacting to them?
  • look for and implement better ways of getting things done?
  • model courageousness, helping others follow their example?
  • develop the people around them, strengthening the organization?

Leadership isn’t defined by salary, size of office, or title on a business card. It’s defined by one’s ability to make things happen through others.

In today’s complex organizations, where work is as likely to be accomplished in project teams as it is through traditional workgroups, leadership has become a highly valued but often scarce resource. An organization’s success depends on its ability to discover and nurture leadership potential in every part of the organization.

Since 1998, LaForce Teamwork Services has offered a program called The Leadership Expedition, tailored to meet the needs of emerging leaders. These may be people who have been recently promoted. It could be a new project manager. It might be somebody who already demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities.

The Leadership Expedition takes participants on a journey to explore the meaning of leadership in their lives. The major goal is to help participants uncover answers to four key leadership questions:

  • What’s good leadership look like?
  • How do my leadership skills compare to those found in outstanding leaders?
  • What kind of leader do I want to be?
  • What will I need to do to become the kind of leader I want to be?

The Leadership Expedition is a series of six hour sessions spread over seven months. The participants meet with the facilitator every other month. Between meetings, they work on individual and group projects.

The group project gives participants the perfect opportunity to try out the new leadership concepts they’ve been exploring. The project typically takes the group 2-3 months to complete. If successful, the group learns a lot more about leadership and the organization benefits from the project’s outcome.

By the end of the journey, the participants will have explored the meaning of leadership, had a taste of leadership, and been left with a desire to undertake another leadership expedition on their own.

Want to discuss developing emerging leaders in your organization, click on the contact tab and let’s talk.

By Tom LaForce

Tom LaForce owns LaForce Teamwork Services, a Minneapolis-based consulting company. He's on a mission to create better results through teamwork. He wrote Meeting Hero: Plan and Lead Engaging, Productive Meetings.