This two day retreat was a kick off to a year long growth process in leadership development. We gathered at a beautiful location - Hacienda del Sol at the foothills of the Catalina Mountains in Tucson. It was a time to get to know all the fellows selected to be part of this amazing journey and to start building our own unique personal leadership profile.
Some of the questions we pondered were:
1) What does it take to be a leader?
2) What kind of leaders does the University need?
3) What kind of leader am I?
On day 1 we received our Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. I have not changed over the years and remain a ENFP. For those of you unfamiliar with this instrument go to:
As an ENFP - Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.
On day 2 we received our 360 Assessment. Here is a site about this instrument:
I was scored relatively high by the folks (direct reports, managers, peers and others) who filled out this survey. I scored myself lower than everyone else which I found interesting. I look forward to discussing this with my 360 coach to help me interpret the data.
Skills on the high side included:
1) Known for expert knowledge and people seek her advice
2) Willingness to help and support others
3) Respects others
4) Broad contact with people at the University
5) Builds a strong team
6) Does not play politics
Skills that need improvement include:
1) Spreads herself too thin
2) Lets things fall between the cracks from lack of planning
3) Lacks organizing skills that lead to effective production
4) Not skillful in confronting others with difference of opinions or sensitive issues
5) Needs to remain calm and composed in difficult circumstances
Both of these instruments will help me to define myself as I develop a draft leadership portfolio. This portfolio will be:
1) a statement of my personal definition
2) my mission, vision and values
3) my strengths and weaknesses
4) my personal learning plan for the year
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!