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The Context Skill Set; Episode 4, Leadership on the Ground, with Erica Peitler


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ABOUT SEASON SIX:

In this season, we’re going to be talking about the context of leadership, which is all about answering the question of why. If we give both a framework and a grounding around the why of our visions, our actions, and our plans, we create the transparency, safe space, and alignment around how we can now move forward together as teams and organizations. Simple to say, right? Yes, it’s more challenging to pull off because it requires your mindset, your skillset, and your tool set to apply. Getting it right and getting it wrong has consequences, and in this season, we’ll explore all of that.


DISCUSSION GUIDE FROM TODAY’S EPISODE:

  1. First, who is your audience? Or, what is their situational need? Framing the context so THEY can take action, to be IN SERVICE to them.
  2. The differentiator skill set is the ability to communicate context.
  3. You need a mastery of communication. The two currencies of leadership are communication and relationship building.
  4. Out of context, leadership communications can appear self-serving. In context, they appear in service to the organization.
  5. The need for a strategic and big picture orientation, the classic “on” verses “in” the business. Periscoping and telescoping are good, but you don’t want to get caught up in microscoping.
  6. Taking uncertainly and have the agility to take advantage of the opportunities there.
  7. Operating in real time. You want positive forward movement, at the speed of business.
  8. Courage is an important skill set too. Operating in context, you are freer to make bold moves.
  9. Giving feedback, another skill, out of context is negative. Feedback in context inspires growth. When you better understand the WHY behind feedback, that’s far more impactful.
  10. And in an organization operating in context, then feedback can go BOTH WAYS, which is necessary. Leaders should want to get better too…
  11. Improving decision-making skills require context-reading and context-setting. Providing the why behind a decision makes it much more likely people will align with it, and why it might be important for you.
  12. The six leadership styles, and how to use them in the proper context (pacesetting, directing, coaching, affiliative, participative, visionary). Knowing which style to use in a specific scenario and context, thus enables the leader to properly inspire and motivate people.
  13. So, context skills sets can be developed and learned, how do we do that? Help them with their agility.
  14. We also want leaders to facilitate action and progress.

ABOUT ERICA PEITLER

Erica is an accomplished leadership performance coach and high-impact facilitator who creates the conditions for change and growth with her clients so that they can take the evolutionary or transformational steps toward achieving their full potential as individual leaders, high-performing teams, and organizations operating at a level of excellence.

Erica was recognized by New Jersey Biz magazine as one of the 50 Best Women in Business in 2013 and in 2014 was elected to sit on the boards of two large, privately held companies. In 2011-2013, she served as the chair of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy board and is a member of the Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) and the Healthcare Women’s Business Association (HBA). In addition, she has chaired a Vistage private advisory board and facilitated monthly provocative debate and dialogue with 15 to 18 CEOs. EMAIL or call 973.998.8082.


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