one that I think encompasses the skills/ mindsets needed to be an efficient and effective leader. The Disciplined Mind The ability to delve deep that is associated with expertise in a certain field of scholarship or the professions. This is an area that I feel over the last few years I have moved into an expert position in terms of my knowledge. Being in sales for over 13 years, being a manager, and finishing up my MBA in management I have definitely learned and experienced a lot of information, in which I can not only implement in my career daily, but it also allows me to help others. I have managed to move up twice in a career I started less than a year ago, after relocating to Texas, due to my discipline. I firmly believe that it is important to set deadlines and meet or exceed expectations. To simply understand something is not enough for me, as I strive
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PLAN 10 to learn all I can in an area that is of importance to me and my career. At this point of my life, having a career that I can grow with is a motivating factor. Thus, I must remain focused on where I want to go in my career and what it will take to get there. The Synthesizing Mind The ability to pick and choose among an array of information from several disciplines so that the resulting explanation makes sense. This area I feel that I do pretty well in, but could improve. I have a tendency to overanalyze situations and then provide too much information. Although it may make sense to me, it does not matter if my team cannot follow. Sometimes, I am learning, too much information can be just as bad as not enough. I really enjoy learning and at times take on an abundance of projects even if I do not know what they entail, because I will not turn down an opportunity to learn something new. The Creating Mind The ability to go beyond existing knowledge to forge new ground, "pose new questions, offer new solutions" (Gardner, 2006, p. 156). I would say I am average here. I like to think outside the box, however I tend to shy away from ideas that I know are a little farfetched from the norm. This is an area of opportunity, as it seems that this is where a lot of blind-sided situations stem from. Scharmer’s book Uncovering the Blind Spot of Leadership (2008) states “The cause of our collective failure is that we are blind to the deeper dimension of leadership and transformational change (p52)”. If I struggle to see the bigger picture at times, then opportunities could get missed. I really need to work on being more open to different ways of working.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PLAN 11 I fear that if I do not change this, eventually someone will blind side me by presenting a better idea or gaining a large account that I didn’t simply because I was too focused on the black and white picture. The Respectful Mind : The ability to appreciate and welcome all forms of diversity. Coming from a really large diverse family I was brought up to appreciate everyone for who not what they are.
- Summer '15
- Business, Management, Gardner