Yesterday we heard about the value of drawing upon our own personal power and agency as a leader. Today we hear from Andrew. His story focuses on the importance of leaders learning with and from their teams. He highlights the importance of leaders seeking regular, honest feedback from their teams and acting on it. So much so, this has become a key feature of his leadership approach and, by role modelling openness to feedback, he encourages colleagues to do the same. He recommends not necessarily waiting for formal approaches like iMatter and 360 feedback, although they have their place, but creating the conditions where feedback is sought, readily given and heard, so it becomes the norm, just a part of how things are done.
Andrew also talked about the power we all have to make a difference; leading from where we are at. Seeing an issue and having the courage to do something about it. Who will do it if not us? Leadership for the next generation requires us all to take the opportunity to use our ‘individual agency’’
“When you experience something, and you know it’s just not good enough, and you know that you have to do something about it, and you can. Because, in the end, it’s about us, now, no-one else is going to make this better. We have the opportunity to make a difference and we have to take it.”
Have you a story of individual agency you can share? We’d love to hear from you! Join the conversation and share something of your story by answering our daily question on twitter using #dailyquestion and by tagging @projectliftscot and @Andrew_AMD
Tomorrow we share our third story in the series from Safia which focuses on the need for fresh leadership across the whole system.