The Curious Leaders programme is designed to foster a deep sense of curiosity about who you are as a person and as a leader. It challenges you to reflect on what you can do each day to become a more effective leader. The premise is that before we can truly lead others, we first need to lead ourselves.
It thus ultimately starts with self-leadership. This is about building a practice of reflection and action whereby we become increasingly curious about how our thinking is impacting our actions. This is the first step in building a world in which curiosity shapes leadership. In this world, leaders aren’t boxed in by traditional thinking or established playbooks. They are open to fresh ideas and diverse perspectives, fostering a culture of exploration and learning. In truth, nurturing curiosity in leadership is essential if we are to address the key challenges of the 21st century.
Key Takeaway: Why Nurture Curiosity in Leadership?
Curiosity is the cornerstone of self-leadership and ultimately leadership. In a world where curiosity shapes leadership, leaders are not just problem-solvers but also explorers, innovators and lifelong learners.
Guidance on Navigating the Programme
I am a firm believer in the power of community-based learning, so I invite you to embark on this journey within a small, trusted group. This provides a safe space to be open and curious.
The suggestion is that you meet on a regular basis for up to one hour and that you focus on one, or at most a small number of topics, each time you meet up. It is also not intended to be linear. Rather, feel free to jump back and forth and equally to come back to the same questions when you feel you can take them to a deeper level.
While it is possible to undertake this programme on an individual basis with the aid of a journal, the collective experience often brings about more profound insights and growth. If you choose to go solo, here are some invitations to enhance your learning experience:
- Write down your reflections.
- Allow yourself to truly sit with each question.
- Take your thoughts for walks!
- Reflect on what you have written.
- Identify the next key step, no matter how small, that will allow you to live into your leadership aspirations.
Remember, there’s a difference between “living for” and “living into”. Living for is about the future, living into is about today. So, ask yourself:
What can I do today to help me BE the leader I want to be?
If you have any queries, please email Tom at the address below.
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