Workshop Objectives: Learning to Lead From Within

The outcomes and gains from self-defined leadership work is reflected in this model:

SDL Model

Becoming Self-defined Leaders means learning to lead from within. The programs offer effective concepts and strategies for self definition. A self-defined leader has internal conviction, confidence and integrity.

The model below depicts the specific outcomes and gains from experiencing the components of the Self-Defined Leadership programs.

It is often stated that Emotional IQ is the greater predictor of success than regular IQ. Through the exploration of systems and family in the Self-Defined Leadership programs, participants gain the added benefits of self awareness, social awareness, self management and relationship management which are all components of Emotional IQ.

“It is in the family that we first develop a sense of our identity, our values, our aspirations and our expectations for life.  It is in our families that we have the least examined and most determining experiences.  Because our family life was so powerful in influencing our views of leadership and because we often maintain an unconscious barrier to recognizing its impact, it is difficult to uncover the lessons we learned and the messages we received.”

Bennis and Goldsmith, 1997
Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader


The concepts learned in Self Defined Leadership programs empower us to choose effective strategies in the present. Outcomes of the programs include:

A New Understanding of Systems

Effective leaders are aware of the systems around them – how their organization is functioning, the external influences on the organization and the role of individuals – and oneself –  within the whole system.  This gives them the information they need to make reasoned decisions about how to act and how to improve the organization. Self=Defined Leadership invites you to explore the dynamics of teams and the systems theories behind it.

Insights into Family Dynamics

We inherit our views about the world, expectations, roles and much more from our family.  Yet, we are never invited to examine the details of our inheritances.  Our loyalty to our family often keeps us locked in roles that are not necessarily to our advantage.  Analyzing the rich heritage and learnings from our family creates opportunity for new understanding ( often many “Aha” moments) and a freedom to define ourselves. Self=Defined Leadership programs use a unique tool called a genogram to accomplish multigenerational explorations.

Enhanced Emotional Intelligence

Leadership is not just about a technical competence but instead one’s emotional IQ. The concepts in the self defined leadership program all lead to an enhancement of one’s emotional intelligence. We can better manage ourselves and our relationships with others when we understand how people interact (systems) and how we are programmed to react (self.)

Increased Sensitivity to Diversity

Leaders must also acknowledge and appreciate diversity.  Being led to think about systems and one’s family of origin creates an opportunity to understand the diversity of cultures and experiences that others bring to their roles.  This opportunity enhances team work through promoting interpersonal respect and clarity in relationships.

“People become leaders at the moment when they decide for themselves how to be. Free to express themselves rather than trying to prove themselves. One must lead oneself before leading others.”

                                                                                      Warren Bennis