What is Interpersonal and Professional Leadership?
Our educational systems focus on learning about things. Our success is measured by the degree to which we have mastered our external environment. Most descriptions of leadership focus on the outer manifestations of leadership (i.e. influence, vision, judgment, creativity, charisma, drive etc). What is the essence of leadership?
According to Cashman, leadership is authentic self-expression that creates value. Leadership from the inside-out is about our ongoing journey to unfold and to express our purposeful inner life to make a more positive impact on the world around us.
Personal Leadership begins with knowing who you are and what you stand for. It is directed at the discovery of where you want to go. The purpose of this module is to guide you to the awareness of leadership within yourself, and set you on a journey of self-discovery and mastery.
Goleman defines interpersonal intelligence as the ability to understand other people, what motivates them and to work cooperatively with them. The core of interpersonal intelligence includes the capacities to discern and respond appropriately to the moods, temperaments, motivations, and desires of other people.
Interpersonal Leadership is about self-expression that makes a difference, that enriches the lives of others. But the core of effective relationships is authenticity. Authenticity forms the core around which synergy and trust grows.
To be professional does not refer to a type of job, but rather to one’s behaviour in one’s work. To be professional refers predominantly to an attitude, to being someone who cares.
"Professional" is not a label you give yourself – it is a description you hope others will apply to you. If you want to be trusted and respected, you have to earn it. Professional Leadership is not only being competent and skilled in work but also creating an atmosphere of growth and sharing your mission and goals.
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