The first task of any group is to clarify what it hopes to accomplish both individually and collectively.
Let’s imagine the programme as a journey to a desired outcome. Ask yourself:
Q: What is the outcome I am looking to achieve?
Q: Why is this meaningful or important to me?
Q: Are there better ways of getting to the outcome?
Q: What concerns or questions do I have about this process?
Tom’s Reflections on These Questions
Life ultimately comes down to a relatively small number of choices, relative that is to the large infinity of paths we may have taken. We all experienced pivotal moments where we actively decided to do something that changed our life story. They may have been major or minor changes, but we nevertheless decided to take one path over all the others. We simply call this “Life”.
The invitation is therefore to be aware at this point in time that you are at a similar junction. You could do this programme along with trusted colleagues. This may be what will most benefit you right now.
Any yet, something different may be calling. It is thus essential that you be as clear as you can that this is right for you now. Not only the programme itself but also that you have found the right soulmates for your journey.
I am fortunate to be part of such a learning community and to have been part of other highly enriching communities in the past, so I have some sense of what ingredients are needed.
It probably ultimately comes down to the group experience and its ability to create a safe space so what needs to be asked can be asked and what needs to be said can be witnessed. When someone holds back, is judgemental or has some other agenda it really holds the group back. So, take your time and get this piece right.
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.