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

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.