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The Leadership Circle – Seminar, Mon 27 Jan 2020, The Sankara Hotel, Nairobi

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I was blessed to attend a Leadership Seminar way back in January this year. My friend, Triza Akuka a leadership coach invited me under the auspices of the Leadership Circle. The founder and CEO of the Leadership Circle Mr. Bob Anderson, an authority in matters leadership development and research was the main speaker of the day. I wish to share some learnings of the day which I borrowed from some hand outs shared on that day.

There are essentially two types of Leadership; Creative versus Reactive Leadership.

The Case for Creative versus Reactive Leadership
The top ten strengths of Creative Leaders:

  1. Strong people skills.
  2. Visionary that is have a sense of direction.
  3. Team builders.
  4. Personable and approachable.
  5. Have passion and drive.
  6. Good listeners.
  7. Develop people.
  8. Empower people.
  9. Positive, optimistic, upbeat and can do attitude.
Triza Akuka and Liz Nyambane at the Leadership Circle Conference, 27th January 2020, Sankara Hotel, Nairobi

Triza Akuka and Liz Nyambane at the Leadership Circle Conference, 27th January 2020, Sankara Hotel, Nairobi

The top ten strengths of Highly Reactive Leaders

  1. Have drive and passion.
  2. Are visionaries.
  3. Strong network builders.
  4. Technical knowledge.
  5. Results focussed.
  6. Intelligent.
  7. Strong people skills.
  8. Are creative and innovative.
  9. Are personable and approachable.
  10. Have a positive attitude.

However, the Reactive Style has great liabilities that cross out its strengths. Consider,

  1. Arrogance, dictatorial, demeaning.
  2. The team is not fully developed.
  3. Over demanding perfectionism.
  4. Focusses on self agenda.
  5. Micromanager.
  6. Poor listener.
  7. Impatient with others.
  8. Loses composure, is emotional and has temper outbursts.
  9. Team not accountable.

A truly effective leader mentors and develops others, is self aware, is authentic, has integrity, is courageous and is aware of the environment that he or she operates from.

Kwambie Nyambane
Kwambie Nyambane
Kwambie Nyambane is a Sales Force Effectiveness Manager in a leading bank in Kenya ‘by ', a passionate inspirational blogger 'by night'; and a wellness enthusiast championing healthy lifestyle choices. The founder and lead writer of this blog is a Bsc. Food Science and Post -Harvest Technology graduate of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi. Kwambie is a member of Bloggers Association of Kenya. She believes in taking life with a big spoon, seeing the cup always as half full, and enjoying the scenery in this journey called life. Kwambie is mother to one beloved son nicknamed "The Champ";, sister to Marci and beloved auntie to the A & Z girls. She and her family make Nairobi City, Kenya their home. This blog is dedicated to her parents Moraa and Nyambane for their awesome inspiration in her formative years, for being her pillar of strength through life, her siblings Marci and Joash, and to her son "The Champ" and her nieces who represent the generation that came after her. May the nuggets contained in this blog serve many generations, the world over to come.

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