Deploying Yourself: Discover Your Leadership Style

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Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET

April 27, 2022 - May 18, 2022 (4 sessions)

We know that leading is risky business and that leading takes you out of your daily routine into unknown territory, requiring ways of acting that might be outside your repertoire, with no guarantee of your competence or your success. And we know that – as exercising leadership is different for everyone - the process of developing your leadership capacity is highly individual, and focused on understanding who you are – with your strengths and blind spots.

This is because leading is both inner and outer work, and moving people, both literally and figuratively, from a familiar place to a place less familiar, is about operating on their emotions, on their stomachs and hearts in addition to their heads. To connect with them authentically and powerfully, between the neck and the navel, you must come from that place in yourself as well.

In this class you will start working on understanding and developing these capacities today. Participants are invited on a journey of self-discovery, investigating inner thoughts, emotions, and mindsets, to discover how they affect our everyday interactions and personal leadership style. Deploying yourself to lead is a matter of will as well as skill, and we doubt that anything here is beyond your capacity. But many of these ideas might be outside of your behavioral norms. They will require you to look inside and dig a little deeper into your capacity reservoir than is usually expected in professional or civic life.

In this interactive, hands-on, four-session mini-course, we will address questions like:

  • Why do you want to lead? What change do you want to see? A critical way to begin, often overlooked.
  • What are your emotional reservoir and the risks and vulnerabilities that come with leading? The meaning of “leading with your brain and your heart” is not always obvious.
  • What are the emotional elements of leading adaptive change? How do you speak form your heart at work? A way to not fall victim of taking an overly analytical approach.
  • What are ways to protect yourself from the burnout often caused by leading? Time and time again, we have seen well-intentioned people doing the right thing but so caught up in their mission that they forget to notice what is happening to themselves in the process

Join us and start working on these capacities today. At the end of the course, you’ll better understand your purpose as a leader and what leadership tools you’ll need to accomplish your goals.

Until recently, mastering the inner environment of leadership was done through faith traditions or the teachings of philosophers, prophets, or self-help "gurus." The class replaces this approach with scientifically validated, practical insights and techniques for understanding and mastering one's inner environment based on insight from the work of Ron Heifetz and adaptive leadership practioners around the world.

Want to learn more? Watch this short trailer with Adriano Pianesi, Course Instructor:


Session 1Connecting to Your Purpose April 27, 2022   07:00:00 PM

On Leadership, Purpose, Personal Sources of Energy and Bandwidth

Session 2Seeing Yourself as a System May 4, 2022   07:00:00 PM

On Loyalties, Role vs. Self, Changing Default Responses, Understanding our Repertoire

Session 3Growing Your Tolerance for Complexity May 11, 2022   07:00:00 PM

Creative/Defensive, The 3 Movements of Personal Work, Blind Spots and Receiving Real Feedback

Session 4Deploying Yourself Courageously May 18, 2022   07:00:00 PM

On Core Personal Values, Key Personal Growth Questions, The Four Buckets of Personal Leadership Work

ABOUT Adriano Pianesi, MBA

Adriano Pianesi has 22 years of leadership development, team coaching, and change management experience built on capacity development, possibility thinking, and sound strategy. Before founding ParticipAction Consulting, Adriano spent 15 years working as a Manager in four different countries and using the four languages he speaks for Procter and Gamble, Kraft-General Food, William Grant & Sons, and Deneba Software.

His consulting practice helps leaders crack the complexity of adaptation and change by unleashing the power of co-design and large group collaboration for innovation and learning. Among his clients are Microsoft, Amazon, Splunk, the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Pan-American Health Organization, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Center for Talented Youth, Jhpiego, U.S. Department of State, NASA, U.S. Marine Corps.

 Event Date
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
7:00pm EDT

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
8:00pm EDT

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