Finding New Behaviors (SEEING EXERCISE)

This seeing exercise for learning is designed to facilitate the places to find new behaviors. Many times, we observe or read about a good leadership tactic, but we fail to turn it into actual behavior at the right time and place. As a result, we miss the opportunity to increase our leadership practice. This exercise is designed to revisit a place to learn that you have already experienced and turn it into an actual learning moment.

First, pick one of the following from your past experiences (or do this several times, with different inputs):

  1. Think about a leadership book, video, or magazine you read lately – what approach or tactics did it describe that you liked?

  2. Think about a mentor you had, someone who was good at leadership. What is one approach or tactic that he or she used successfully?

For the idea you selected, answer the following questions:

  • In what situation do you want to use this idea? When might this idea be beneficial?

  • What function of leadership does this behavior affect in the group – vision, relationships, or learning?

  • What desired effect do you want to create in the member or members? What response do you expect?

  • What behavior would you normally use in this situation? How are the results of your existing behavior unsatisfactory? How is the new behavior different from your preferred behavior?