The Telecom Women In Leadership group are already incredible leaders; busy, successful women juggling work, full lives and families. Somehow they made the time to give JOLT everything, and their leadership skills benefitted accordingly.
This programme had so many wonderful characters and eye-popping success stories. However one issue was remarkably consistent throughout the group. Many of the women in the group were perfectionists, no doubt this was one reason they were so successful. Yet in some circumstances this was holding them back from achieving their leadership potential. We experienced this in classes as the group struggled to come to grips with new exercises that threw them into a state of chaos. Yet once they had mastery, they inevitably performed the exercises with distinction. So why all the angst during the chaos phase? Participants also shared that this trait showed up in the work environment through lack of delegation and taking on excessive workload themselves - often impinging on their productivity and work/life balance.
With tools like 'ish' and a newfound focus on creativity, they developed the ability to welcome the state of chaos, with the confidence they would get through that and eventually gain mastery. In the mean time they embraced some of the failures that come with chaos and capitalised on the new ideas that often spring out of those failures. This was applied in the workplace through increased delegation and creating time to focus on the important, rather than the urgent stuff. Which after all is what leaders should do.
Geoff Simmons, JOLT Challenge Trainer - Wellington