My doctoral program (DOL) asks me to think and write about my leadership style, strengths and effectiveness, to determine what makes me the authentic leader that I am. This requires practicing self-awareness and understanding my internal and external motivators -- components of emotional intelligence, according to Daniel Goleman's Harvard Business Review article, "What makes a leader," that I just read in HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership, 2011 (HBR-10).
Part of a recent DOL assignment required me to complete the CliftonStrengths survey online to identify my top five strengths as a leader, which are:
1 - I am an Activator who generates enthusiasm in people to transform ideas into tangibles
2 - I am Futuristic in my vision and self-direction, always planning for the future
3 - I thrive on Input, always craving to know more to broaden my knowledge
4 - I am a Strategic thinker who recognizes and communicates patterns in data and information, and
5 - I am an avid Learner who is always acquiring knowledge and challenging myself to understand different perspectives.
This survey suggested that, in the future, I should start a training or consulting business to help others learn -- which I have already done with Rogers Consulting LLC. After completing this survey, I realized that I am being an authentic leader -- true to my strengths, passion and values. I am using my internal and external motivators to do what I love and help others to realize the same leadership characteristics about themselves, as well as, to start working toward achieving their own authentic leadership. I am thankful to train for Pryor Learning Solutions to enable my authentic leadership and help others do the same!