The Developing Leaders program is a comprehensive, nine-month semester that encourages professional growth and includes cross-agency representation—a new approach that allowed participants to get to know and learn from individuals from other parts of the organization.
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Blessing White’s ongoing research underscores this: in 360 feedback data collected for thousands of managers and executives, the majority of leaders get higher ratings on the competence items than on the connection items. The leaders who were rated highest overall were not the ones who scored highest in the competence Items, but rather, the ones scoring highest in the connection items.
At BlessingWhite we believe strong leaders are able to successfully balance two essential qualities – competence and connection.
With the busy holiday season upon us, it is easy to get caught up in the long list of things that must be accomplished in order to make your celebration a success. Amidst the hustle-and-bustle of the season, it can be hard to step out of all that needs to be done and capture the magic of the season—to find a moment to truly connect and be present with friends and family. This ability to accomplish, to be competent, while balancing the desire to connect with others in meaningful ways repeats itself in the daily challenges of leaders. The reminder for us to balance both “getting it done” with “finding the magic” during the holiday season is something good leaders strive for every day of the year.
Compassion is one of the most underrated leadership qualities today. It can propel motivation, performance, devotion and learning in profound ways. Compassionate leaders inspire people with purpose, hope, optimism and energy because, by nature of compassion, they resonate, empathize and connect more with others.
The Presidential Leadership Scholars program helps develop the skills to address this century’s challenges and opportunities. As part of the experts running the program, Terry Pearce discusses the role that vision, communication and inspiration play in effective leadership.