Review and Reflect: The Present Leader — #reviewandreflect

by | May 25, 2020 | 0 comments

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Model for the Present Leader

This is TheSchoolHouse302’s monthly #reviewandreflect, wrapping up our focus on being a Present Leader

Major Takeaway for this Month:

We wanted to focus on presence this month since we are disconnected during COVID-19 in so many ways. Granted, you may be on calls and Zoom meetings all day long, but nothing truly replaces the human connection than in-person opportunities allow. 

Presence can be achieved in three predominant ways. One, Tune In. Present leaders notice things and they are very aware and sensitive to what’s occurring. Two, Presently Lead. We have to be in the moment, directly handling the tasks for the day. Three, Forecast the Future. Know what’s around the corner, which is referred to as perceptual acuity, puts present leaders in a position to make meaningful decisions by “seeing around corners.” One of the best ways to understand the future is to make decisions that put your vision into play.

Three Minute Challenges

Throughout the month we offered 3-Minute Challenges to develop the skills necessary to be more present as leaders. The desire to be more present and readily available for your team is one thing, but it’s only valuable if it is supported with decisive action. 

How well did you do on the challenges this month?

How well do you notice what is going on around you and within your organization?

How well do you lead in the present with a full understanding of the current circumstances?

How well do forecast the future by intimately understanding the present?


Read to Lead

One of the most powerful ways to fuel your thinking and continue to grow is to be a voracious reader. Below are the three must reads we’ve featured this month.  

The Leadership Pill by Ken Blanchard & Marc Muchnick 

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

I Have the Watch by Jon Rennie 

What an expert has to say about leading in the present:

We were thrilled to interview Jon Rennie this month. Jon’s time as a Naval officer on Nuclear Submarines and experience within industry makes this interview incredible. Jon’s insight on being present and the damaging effects from the absentee leader make this a must-listen podcast. 

Jon described how a ship in the harbor is really nothing more than cold metal until the crew brings it to life. Present leaders do exactly that for their organization.

That’s our Review and Reflection on the Present Leader

TheSchoolHouse302 is about getting to simple and maximizing effective research-based strategies that empower individuals to lead better and grow faster.

Please let us know how our leadership posts are working for you, what you are reading to improve yourself, and your thoughts on leadership and growth here on our blog and Twitter. Follow our #onethingseries podcast on iTunes and our #readthisseries on YouTube. 

Joe & T.J.


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