- Interpersonal Mastery: What are you learning about your tendency to open up or shut down communication and your personal beliefs underlying these behaviors? What are your growth commitments? How might you use these questions in your leader interviews?
- Being Mastery: After reading Chapter 7, “Being Mastery,” in the Cashman text, complete the exercise entitled “Reflection, Exploring The Leader Within” with an open mind. Then, consider your reaction to the exercise. What did you like about it? What made you uncomfortable? Why might this exercise help you be a better leader? Respond to the questions on page 164 regarding what you have learned, your commitments, and your obstacles to being mastery. How does our culture support or obstruct the pursuit and dialogue about the importance of “being” to being a leader? Why is it that this is such a difficult topic to discuss but yet is so essential?
- Resilience Mastery: In general, how do you assess your ability to maintain balance in your life? What commitments and actions are needed in this area? Relate a story from your personal experience with a leader who lost balance. Did this leader experience health problems? Did he or she affect the health of employees, friends, or family? What happened to this leader’s sense of humor, relationships, or effectiveness? Why is this important area often overlooked? What are the beliefs that drive us toward obsessive behavior? Consider the difficulty of maintaining balance in our culture and the implications for leaders in relation to the New Business Realities.
- Servant Leadership: Consider the important attributes of a servant leader. Why does it appeal to you as an approach to leadership? What concerns do you have? Why does servant leadership seem appropriate given the Thinking Habits of Mind, Heart, and Imagination document?
Cashman, K. (2017). Leadership from the inside out: Becoming a leader for life (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler. Chapters 4, 6, 7, and 8 of this e-book are particularly applicable.