Thank you for sharing your leadership skills with our class. Note that I hold each word here as a true assessment.
I have devoted a significant amount of time and effort in the past 10 years studying leadership. In that time, I have methodically studied each leading and popular author, including the classic management authors and the biographies of world leaders. The list is long, including Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, John Maxwell, Anthony Robbins, Deepak Chopra and Jeffrey Fox just to name a few. Add to this the classics of Peter Drucker and Dale Carnegie, and the biographies of great leaders such as Ronald Reagan, Rudy Giuliani, Jack Welch, and Steve Jobs, and it becomes clear the time and efforts I have put in to my leadership development. In addition to these, I have participated yearly in 360 reviews and have studied from such diverse theories and accompanying assessments as the Five Factor Personality model and the Myers-Briggs model. I take my development seriously and see it as a conduit to ascend the corporate ladder.
None of these books, studies, or assessments prepared me for Dr. Latty-Mann's program. While the other authors and studies take a 'model what works' approach to duplicating leadership on some level, Dr. Latty-Mann's program gets to the essence of the issue: what makes you tick. Self-awareness is at the core of understanding why you are the leader that you are. Modeling other working leadership styles is beneficial, but without a true understanding of yourself from an experiential perspective, you will be wearing someone else's clothes. Dr. Latty-Mann sets a safe, supportive environment that allows you to discover the clothes you should be wearing.
My initial reaction to the first hours of the program was that it was going to be a fluffy, “lets-hold-hands-and-all-be-friends” kind of workshop. It immediately delved into some hard hitting realities that brought insights that are not available in any other context. After a few tough days of self-discovery, I had a 'moment of clarity' that remains a life-altering event for me. I see clearly the effect my core programming has had on my family and relationships, both personally and professionally. Based on this we developed a clear, specific plan to get to the next level both in business and in my personal life. Sheer intelligence alone won’t get you there, but this does.
Those days were some of the most difficult I can remember in a long time, and the results were, are, and will continue to be life changing. Dr. Latty-Mann's program doesn't discount the other leadership methods. It does explain at a more fundamental level, one that transcends intelligence, the essence of leadership. For these insights, I will be forever grateful for the program, the friends I made during that week, and the effects it is having on my life.
Jon Babek, Director of Business Development
JC Steele & Sons