Growing Your Leadership



Leaders inspire—they help us feel a part of something. Leaders help us see the purpose of what we do. Leaders help us think of what is possible. Leaders help us create meaning.

Emotions are contagious. Leaders that are stressed make their groups stressed. Leaders that are positive and hopeful help their group become positive and hopeful.

People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou

Leaders have:

EagleVision of Hope (Eagle)

  • Sense of optimism that is contagious (you want to work with them on good things)
  • Think about ideas and options
  • Think about why you are doing what you are doing
  • Like to explore
  • Creative problem solver
  • Vision inspires hope


Compassion (Deer)

  • Care about peopleDeer
  • Serve people
  • Find meaning in helping people reach goals
  • Understand people
  • Build trust
  • Allows everyone to feel important
  • Care about how decisions are made
  • Helpful to others
  • Team player


Mindfulness (Bear)


  • Grounded
  • Centered
  • Authentic
  • Transparent
  • Act with integrity
  • Knows how they are feeling
  • Knows how group members are feeling
  • Genuine
  • Know their own and the groups heart, mind, body, spirit


Joyfulness (Otter)


  • Sees the need for connections that are positive
  • Starts things that are fun
  • Looks for joy
  • Knows how to laugh
  • Fun to be around
  • Understands joy builds teams


What is your primary leadership strength? What animal best represents your key leadership abilities?

All leaders need all 4 characteristics, but usually 1 or 2 are are key strengths.

Leaders create environments that are:

  1. Mindful (know how you are feeling, where you are)
  2. Hopeful (positive vision and motivation to keep going)
  3. Compassionate (care about members, people use their skills)
  4. Have time for laughter, joy, and play

When these 4 things are present in the group, the group can be effective. When a crisis occurs someone in the group has to notice the group is off track and go back to these 4 things and practice them.

Other things groups need:

  1. Goals
  2. Plan
  3. Structure
  4. Support—funding/donations, accommodations

My leadership areas of strength:




My leadership areas of growth:





I plan to grow my leadership by:





Dreams for my group:






Effective Groups

Groups that are effective (work well and grow together) continue to have renewal (times to re-energize), especially after stress or problems.  Renewal takes:

  1. Hope
  2. Compassion
  3. Mindfulness (knowing the mind, body, and spirit of the group)
  4. Laughter/Joy/Playfulness


Adapted from the Leadership Compass and the work of Richard Boyzatis.


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