Leading from Within

"What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." Jane Goodall

First there were administrators, then managers and now leaders. From the Harvard Business School to the Cranfield School of Management and leading companies like Google, there has come a realisation that if leadership is about influencing others, then, as John C. Maxwell puts it, "Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another."

Leading, like teaching, is done first and foremost by example, not by techniques, systems and theories. Influence comes from the inside. It comes as a result of who we are and how we are, what we say, how we say it and what we do. As Maya Angelou observes, " I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

If you have been on our Leadership and Stress Management course, you will be aware of what motivates us as humans and of how people relate to one another. You will also have learned how to relate to yourself and others more kindly and resourcefully and how to keep your balance under pressure. Leading from Within builds on this. Mindfulness, empathy and compassion are central to the course, as is a willingness to explore your strengths and develop those aspects of leadership which may not be your natural forte.

Leading from Within starts with our inner focus. Doing so attunes us to our emotions and intuitions and to our guiding values. From here we make better decisions and more authentic and powerful connections with those we lead and the wider world. Although under pressure from a target culture, schools, by and large, endeavour to be communities of caring, empathy and compassion. Where better then to promote this style of leadership?