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Oxford Executive Leadership Programme Week 2 The job of the leader: Visioning and engaging

The Oxford Executive Leadership Programme explores leadership skills for the complex and dynamic modern workplace. Over eight weeks, you’ll learn techniques to lead high-performance teams to add value and purpose to your organization, through effective leadership strategies and insight into the process of effective decision-making.

Week 2: The job of the leader: envisioning and engaging. Learn about vision and engagement as two core activities of leaders.

What does vision mean to me?

My Takeaway: The clearer the vision, including some details, the easier it is to define the vision.

My Reflection: My vision allows me to come up with unique approaches to complex problems, while providing the best user experience possible

My Observation: Surveys, trends, and the details all matter and ensuring a high degree of accuracy is important to being successful. How we get there – that’s where the team’s insights are valuable.

What does engaging followers mean to me?

My Takeaway: Communicating the vision requires the leader to paint the picture of what will be – how it will impact the organization from a revenue, market share or positive impact perspective.

My Reflection: Using storytelling and data to tell the story of the vision is crucial to my success – this is why I often practice important speeches and projects at Toastmasters 1-2 times, to ensure I capture diverse feedback which I incorporate into the speech.

My Observation: Engagement is everything. Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: The speed of the leader determines the pace of the pack.

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