There are some powerful leadership habits that are used to promote a developmental course of leadership.
Praxis - The cycle of learning, practicing, and reflecting
Coaching - Proving feedback and guidance
Stretch - Taking on experience that require the development of new capacities
Disequilibration - Disrupting the habits of complacency
Making Meaning - Thinking about why we are doing what we are doing and in what ways
These will promote the development of those we lead. But as we are seeking to lead developmentally, we will also need to use Transmissive and Expressive tactics as well for developmental ends.
Command - When those we lead need clear instruction, focus, and direction, we will use command techniques. But we can't use them too much or we will stifle thinking and growing.
Control - When those we lead need immediate feedback to redirect them, a "cast" to hold them in place, or "training wheels" to start a new and challenging practices, we will use control techniques. But we can't use them too much or we will cause weakness, dependency, and lack of initiative.
Person - When those we lead seem disinterested or disconnected and need to rediscover their passion, voice, and personal connection to the work, we will use person-centered techniques. But we can't use them too much or we will miss the developmental power of discipline, stretch, and personal change.
Process - When those we lead need to be connected to others, hear a broad range of perspectives of others, work on the same level as others (those usually above or below in the hierarchy) in order to release potential, we will use group process techniques. But we can't use them too much or we will talk things to death, bury priorities in deliberation, and miss the opportunity for action.
The key skill for a developmental leader is to know when and how to employ a tactic from a traditionally non-developmental approach and use it for a particular challenge in the development of people and for developmental aims.
TO DO FOR MODULE 3
1. Practice Praxis (find a book or resource to read or listen to that will help you learn something about your growing edge, then try something you've learned, and then debrief with someone).
2. Record your learning in the "praxis" box on your canvas.
3. Apply one non-developmental technique on yourself to help you move forward along your growing edge.
4. Meet with your triad to debrief.