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LEADERSHIP INSIGHT

 



Leadership Insight – Develop Your Leadership Acumen

Leadership Insight is a modularised programme aimed at creating emotional awareness in relation to your leadership identity. It identifies your normal, reflexive emotional patterns, both those that drive you to be good at what you do and those that trigger you negatively.

This awareness helps you understand how and why the patterns formed. It makes you acutely aware how some of these patterns, today, support you and others sabotage you in your day-to-day interactions and how they are likely to elicit negative responses in others. The more you can bring this awareness to bear, in the critical moment, the more you are able to behave as an adult with full responsibility for your actions. This takes practice. But it is an invaluable characteristic for anyone in a leadership or a co-creative role. Leadership Insight enables you to take leadership development to a new level of sophistication for you, your team and your organisation.

It accelerates your understanding of how effective you are in the face of the leadership uncertainties.  It gives new grip on how you can strengthen and develop the unique leadership patterns of engagement that drive you to be good at what you do; and let go of those that do not.

 





 















Leadership Insight is:

  • A potent developmental process designed for those who carry leadership roles in complex organisations, partnerships and professions. 
  • A personalised analysis in a report on your patterns, principles and behaviours
  • Offering a series of development discussions in extensive one-to-one debriefing with an accredited experienced consultant
  • An enduring self-evaluation for your further development

Leadership Insight describes the interplay between your emotional responses, the actions you take and the responses you elicit in others. As a developmental instrument it also provides an evaluation that can be used alongside psychometric tests and 360° feedback. 



As an instrument Leadership Insight is new, unique and reliable. It has been thoroughly researched for internal consistency, cross-cultural integrity and proven to be effective across a diversity of cultures and races. It has been used successfully in, the United States, Poland, Bulgaria, France, South Africa, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands and United Kingdom. 

 






What Leadership Insight is not:

  • A Psychometric test
  • A typical tick-box test that presents a list of external characteristics
  • A snapshot your personality, which is then used to categorise you
  • A method of comparison that ranks you above or below a norm
  • An assessment or recruitment tool
  • A mass instrument

 








 

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HELPING YOU UNDERSTAND YOU

THE LI PROGRAMME

 

THE PROGRAMME

The Leadership Insight programme is a potent developmental process designed for those who carry leadership roles in complex organisations, partnerships and professions. It consists of four modules:

  • Module I: Personal Profile Development
  • Module II: Leadership Insight Intensive
  • Module III: LI for Organisations
  • Module IV: Leadership Insight Accreditation

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Module I: Personal Profile Development 

Helping you understand you

Leadership Insight Personal Profile Development module's aim is for you to understand the interplay between your emotional responses, the actions you take and the responses you elicit in others. It consists of:

1. A personalised analysis in a report on your patterns, principles and behaviours
2. A series of development discussions in extensive one-to-one debriefing with an accredited experienced consultant

 After filling out the questionnaire, two reports are generated for each person’s profile:

1. The Personal Report illuminates your patterns of engagement and your coping strategies
2. A Work Résumé grounds your understanding on how you operate at home and work

Each Report is compiled with analysts and psychologists and then passed to our certified consultants. The profiling based upon the answers generated from the initial report you fill out lead to great conversations. 

  

How to get started
Your accredited LI Consultant will process your request for the questionnaire.  If you do not have one already, please contact us to ask us to help you find the right person amongst our associates.

  •         Step 1  You or your organisation purchases the questionnaire, whether for one person or for a number of people as part of a wider development programme. The questionnaire is emailed to you along with an encrypted password that gives you access.

  •        Step 2  You complete the questionnaire in your own time and space, and then email it back.  The questionnaire is allocated to a trained and supervised, company analyst. You and the analyst are the only two people who will ever see the answers to your questionnaire, unless, of course, you choose to share these yourself.

  •        Step 3  The analyst produces your Personal Report and Work Resume.  The details that you have written in your questionnaire such as the language, incidents, recollections or content are never specifically referred to although they inform the analysis. You and the analyst never meet.

  •        Step 4  Your consultant receives your reports and makes a first appointment with you.


The Consultation Process


You are introduced gradually to your report over a series of conversations, usually over 3 to 4 sessions at monthly intervals.
The environment, time and space for these conversations is agreed to make sure you have the best space to work in.

The relationship with your consultant is essential for the quality and power of the Leadership Insight outcome in two major ways:

1. Consultancy goes beyond coaching  
2. The consultant is key in amplifying the meaning of the report







LI consultancy is less of a problem solving approach and more one to help you take hold of the fundamental way that you make your choices.  Working on this through the relationship with the consultant you are able to choose to take action differently. You can change the way you change things – as and when needed, in the moment that things happen. The consultant is a comrade with you in decoding your report, not the author of the insights.


The beauty of working with the consultant in LI is that you sit side-by-side to decide what rings true in the report. The consultant is not the font of all insight but a companion in your decoding the meaning and implications of your behaviours and reactions. Together, you amplify the meaning of the text in the LI Profile, making connections, using memories and associations – going from ‘what happened back then’ to the core interactions of what is ‘happening right now’. The work with the consultant creates a holding environment – helping you to explore and integrate your thoughts, feelings, ways of coping, contradictory reactions and even, to celebrate and build on aspects of your leadership and personal capacity you do not, yet, sufficiently recognise.


The consultant will slow you down to take reflective space to ask fundamental questions affecting your life and leadership, and to do so in the way that matters to you for your development.  You also gain from the consultant sharing personal reflections and perspectives on the implications of what you are saying, in order to support your dynamic of re-evaluation, public and private growth.


The next phase of using the Work Resume allows you to rehearse how you will use your increased emotional acumen, and capacity for discrimination and judgement in working relationships and contracts.

The consultant keeps the focus on your priorities and your internal relationship with yourself, so that in your public role you can be resilient and adept in how you lead yourself, and therefore able to offer sound leadership and good judgement, in the midst of complex and demanding situations, to others.

 

 

 

Next steps

A further step may be the option to attend the Leadership Insight Intensive once your own LI debriefing is completed.

In addition, the reports are an an enduring self-evaluation for your further development.
Also as a developmental instrument it also provides an evaluation that can be used alongside psychometric tests and 360° feedback. 

Leadership Insight is used as a core foundation or ‘building brick’ for team development.  It facilitates both the individual and the whole group to address their ability to communicate, interact and work together fruitfully.   

 




This includes confronting the conversation under the surface − where people cannot communicate or tend to misinterpret the other, their thinking and motivation. This introduces the conditions for self-leadership necessary for members of a team to be able to lead others in a sustainable way.

It can be used to enable greater sharing within the team and the ability for the team to act in a transparent and cooperative way – not being sabotaged by people manoeuvering around each other.

Using Leadership Insight brings a team to new, realistic working agreements and real inter-personal co-operation on the task.  A careful selection of shared real data is made about strengths, default modes of action when under stress and their need for support.  The aim is to develop emotional acumen and enhance both individual and collective leadership impact. 



 



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Module II: Leadership Insight Intensive

 

Having completed your LI Profile, the LI Intensive gives an opportunity for an interactive 5-day master class for individuals and groups to deepen their insights and to enhance their self-leadership in the moment through learning the skills of being client, consultant and observer. In an environment that enables you to truly see the impact of your patterns through working with others – with real action in the moment of interchange.
Leadership Insight is used as a core foundation or ‘building brick’ for team development.  It facilitates both the individual and the whole group to address their ability to communicate, interact and work together fruitfully.  
This includes confronting the conversation under the surface − where people cannot communicate or tend to misinterpret the other, their thinking and motivation. This introduces the conditions for self-leadership necessary for members of a team to be able to lead others in a sustainable way.
It can be used to enable greater sharing within the team and the ability for the team to act in a transparent and cooperative way – not being sabotaged by people manoeuvering around each other.

Using Leadership Insight brings a team to new, realistic working agreements and real inter-personal co-operation on the task.  A careful selection of shared real data is made about strengths, default modes of action when under stress and their need for support.  The aim is to develop emotional acumen and enhance both individual and collective leadership impact.


Module III: LI for Organisations

LI contributes to meeting your current organisational challenges
Leadership Insight is not just for individuals and teams. It is also a powerful instrument for challenging and changing organisational behaviours and culture.

It has a transformative contribution in working through:

 

  • Conflict resolution - where individuals are holding extreme position

  • The vision and practice of High Performance Teams and their interaction

  • Accessing business and strategic capability within top teams and boards by freeing up restrictive limiting beliefs or barriers to vision

  • Inclusion of under-represented groups within traditional leadership roles – prioritising LI's culturally value-free approach

  • Fast-track programmes for step-change on the dimension of leadership 
Leadership Insight is hugely useful when combined with the company’s learning strategies on change and development: it can offer an entry point to create a learning contract and provides a structure for personal development consultation during programmes. 


Module IV: Leadership Insight Accreditation  

Having undertaken your own LI journey you may like to explore becoming qualified as an Associate Consultant. This is a programme consisting of 3 4-day modules, highly experiential and combines ongoing supervision over at least a 12 month period. You become a fully certified consultant after having helped 8 clients. Professionals from many different psychological fields find the LI approach stimulating, and indeed fun and energising, accelerating the consultancy work with individuals and groups.
It proves to be compatible with the approaches of those with a range of psychological backgrounds across the spectrum from psychoanalysis to cognitive psychology.  In our view this is due to the rigour with which the reports reflect the felt experience of the client.





 

LI CONTRIBUTES TO MEETING YOUR ORGANISATIONAL CHALLENGES

LI INSTRUMENT:ITS VALUE IN THE ORGANISATION

LI INSTRUMENT

 

Leadership Insight as an instrument is new, unique and reliable. It has been thoroughly researched for internal consistency, cross-cultural integrity and proven to be effective across a diversity of cultures and races. It has been used successfully in United States, Poland, Bulgaria, France, South Africa, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands and United Kingdom. 

 

 

Model: The Patterns of Engagement

 




Over the course of your life you have developed strategies that determine how you interact in the world. One aspect of those strategies we call the patterns of engagement.
When your personal beliefs or values are challenged, by someone or something, different patterns of engagement are set in motion. When used positively they help you. Other patterns may be unexpected, unwanted, confusing and unhelpful. You are probably aware of some of your patterns of engagement – and totally unaware of others. Many are valuable. They drive you and make you effective. Others are destructive and work against you. They limit your ability.
If you recognise that you are being drawn into an all-too-familiar pattern of behaviour, the Leadership Insight instrument provides you with the information that will let you choose to break out successfully.

 

 

 


Origins of Leadership Insight

The underlying theoretical disciplines for LI derive from an alloy between Transactional Analysis and Complexity Theory. 

It was developed in the 1980s in South Africa as a culture-fair instrument for leadership development, one that avoided prioritising traditional norms. 

The Instrument, analysis and internal integrity of the reports are subject to repeated successful validation academically and professionally in more than 8,000 cases.

 

The Leadership Insight profile is not a:

•      psychometric test

•      typical tick-box test that presents a list of external characteristics

•      snapshot your personality, which is then used to categorise you

•      method of comparison that ranks you above or below a norm

•      assessment or recruitment tool

•      mass instrument

 

The reports are still generated by the firm that created the instrument: www.lifepi.com

Specially trained analysts prepare the personal profile reports by sifting your questionnaire for themes, patterns of relating and behavioural responses. They identify the attributes which work to your advantage and those that work against you. Significantly, the reports reveal the core values that drive you. Often they are so closely held that people may be unaware of how to describe them.

SOME OF OUR CONSULTANTS AND PARTNERS

OUR TEAM

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Elisabeth Henderson
Director & Co-Facilitator of Training
Elisabeth, a lead consultant on major organisational change projects in industry, government and the private sector, is committed to cross-national training and development. She works in Poland, India, Britain and The Netherlands. Her career began in social action and later she trained in adult psychotherapy, group and organisational dynamics at the Tavistock Institute, London. She initiated The Recess College in 1988 to offer others similar experiences of personal transformation and leadership authenticity. She is Director of the Leadership Insight organisation.
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Perdita Hunt
Consultant & Practice Advisor
Perdita, Director of The Watts Gallery since 2004 was appointed to lead the £11m ‘Watts Gallery Hope Project’ to save the future of both the Gallery and its artistic collection. She is now developing the larger Watts campus of the artist’s studio, chapel as well as the art gallery outreach. Perdita has also been Director of Marketing of WWF and also led the management of change in several major national third sector institutions. She attended the Recess College in 2000 and since then has worked with the programme as a staff member.
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Mark Preston
Associate, Mentor & Co-Facilitator of Training
Mark is an experienced executive coach and facilitator who brings a breadth of senior management and consulting experience to his coaching of entrepreneurs and leaders of multi-national corporations. He has over 20 years of experience of the Central European market in a variety of roles and is fluent in Polish. Since 2005 Mark has specialised in the turnaround of Distressed Companies in Poland.
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Jane Allen
Senior Consultant & Director of Supervision
Jane's work concerns supporting and encouraging more aware leadership. Her orientation is towards personal and organisational change based on an understanding of cognitive development, mindfulness and emotional maturity of leaders. She is especially interested in developing more effective organisations based on values of integrity and excellence that are aligned with personal principles and passion. She is Director of JA (Associates) Ltd and author of ‘The Art of Mentoring.
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Jacqui Watt
Consultant
Jacqui is a consultant in leadership and change based in Melbourne, Australia. She was CEO of the Scottish Federation of Housing then worked with KPMG and Anglicare Victoria leading change in both the Housing and the Children and Family sectors. She has over 20 years of experience in delivering services in a variety of settings such as Director of Community Services, leading the integration of education and children services. She has led two housing peak bodies and is now developing leadership acumen in Australia. Jacqui also runs her own consultancy, DLA.
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Willem Moolenburgh
Consultant & Practice Advisor
Willem has a 15-year track record as a strategy and innovation consultant within the corporate world, advising Internet, clean and high tech clients. He has a personal background in the fields of artificial intelligence and technology management. He helps organisations to confront their future challenges, identify the consequent required organisational reformatting and assists leadership to embrace these organisational and personal changes to the fullest.
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Amy Page
Business Co-ordinator, Consultant & Practice Advisor
Amy works as a Healthcare Improvement Consultant having previously spent many years working for the NHS. She mainly works with challenged health care organisations to improve clinical pathways with a particular focus on the re-design of the organisational structure, staffing and culture. Amy cares greatly about the overall experience for patients and staff associated with such complex organisational change and her sensitivity in this approach with staff helps to connect her work as a Leadership Insight associate to her consultancy practice
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Rita Garner
Consultant & Practice Advisor
Rita is a Health and Social Care Manager with a back-ground as a pharmacist. She worked in health and social care in children’s and older people’s services for 18 years in Brighton. She now has a mixed work portfolio as an interim manager and consultant working on large scale change and service improvement with public and not-for-profit organisations.
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Ute Bock
Consultant & Practice Advisor
Currently Ute is an Area Manager for Fiat (Austria, Germany, East Europe & Turkey) and at Rimaco S.A. / Fiat Group. She has a self employed position in the field of Risk Consultation. She is now based in Italy and was previously an Associate of the Bayswater Institute linked to the Tavistock Institute. She is interested in training in public, private and voluntary responses to high risk environments and crisis situations.
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Carol Scott
Consultant
Carol has had a long and successful career in the voluntary housing sector in the UK; the last 25 years at Director level. She is a qualified mediator and experienced coach with particular interest and expertise in the governance of voluntary sector and Not For Profit organisations. She is experienced in negotiating support for their senior staff. Carol is also an accomplished artist and yoga teacher
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Sally Searle
Consultant and Practice Advisor
Sally combines her talents as a group worker, counsellor and a therapeutic body worker additionally working on alignment of body, posture and appearance with Pilates. Her focus lies in the integration of body and mind issues within a counselling context with people in professional and managerial roles. She specifically co-ordinates interventions with a focus on the emotional links to physical symptoms of stress. In her company Bodywork she has over 20 years of experience of group work linked to facilitating participants with their personal development, well-being and body/mind sensitivity.
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Otto Reuchlin
Consultant
Otto is General Manager and founder of Peer Administratie, a social enterprise in The Netherlands. Peer is a partner for companies that want to contribute to Social Return by subcontracting administrative work. The employees of Peer have a secondary or higher education, and need a bridge that leads them back to the labour market, e.g. because they have a history of mental illness. He started his career as a policy adviser in government in The Netherlands. Later he worked as an interim manager for (local) government organisations, heath care and welfare. Otto also acts as a leadership trainer and consultant.
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Niels Janssen
Consultant & Practice Advisor
Niels is Director at Strategy Development Partners and is a passionate consultant who gets his energy from solving complex issues – both in business strategy and in human relationships. He combines the analytical and quantitative approach with a keen eye for people development. He joined the Recess College in 2001 to further develop his ‘soft’ side that was undernourished in ordinary business life. Trained as a Leadership Insight coach in 2008/09 as part of his enduring learning.
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Klaus Hermann
Consultant & Practice Advisor
Klaus is based in Poland and operates as a Consultant in the field of Private Equity at Managing Director and Partner level. He is also involved with distressed companies with Pan-European and Central Europe focus. As an advisor his skills lie in strategy development. Klaus has developed an extensive practice with Leadership Insight in his sector. He is also currently engaged with communal housing and with worker self-management strategic ideas
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Jennifer Jones
Administrator
Jenny joined The Recess College in January 2007 and brings to Leadership Insight more than 30 years of experience in secretarial, copy-editing, bookkeeping and office management. She is also Administrator for The Recess College.
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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT OUR SERVICE

TESTIMONIALS

  • Clear direction and a fantastic instrument – like a mirror that takes you to your soul
    Gives me the truth – I am good and by working with Leadership Insight I can move forward.

  • A unique tool like no other leadership development package that has really helped me focus on the meaningful priorities.

  • Anon

    The power of this programme is exceptional - undoubtedly the real strength is in the instrument

  • Anon

    It’s another good step forward in listening to myself and not devaluing what I have to say
    I am eager to look at triggers and responses in the workplace

  • Anon

    Understanding and having confirmation of my principles is incredibly important to seeing my leadership
    The value I received was a deep understanding of how low stages and relationships of my life continue to play out and affect me today and giving me the tools to make choices about those effects in my future life
    100 percent safe environment where I could explore very personal concerns
    I feel totally prepared to approach next steps in my work environment

  • Anon

    Exceeded my expectations! There was such an energy and commitment
    This was a real chance to understand me and really notice what I was feeling
    I do believe in myself now and I can see when my triggers are activated
    My positive direction can only be a positive tool in the present and future
    Key works are: safe environment for programme, connection, putting yourself first, honesty, sensitivity, love, responsibility, emotion, non-judgemental
    Thank you for this wonderful experience – this has given me a sense of direction and allowed me to look and understand the real me