I created this page on Leadership because I was recently part of a Leadership Development Program at the City of Whittlesea and I wanted to try to consolidate some of the stuff I learnt in my memory by writing about it before I forgot it all. Also one of the key themes of the program was Cascade Learning so it seems to make a lot of sense to pass on what I've learnt to anyone else who is interested. I will continue to add stuff as I remember it or stumble across related information.
Date: 30 Nov 2015 03:09
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One of the things the program didn't cover was the role that "subject matter expertise" plays in leadership. I suspect that a lot of people are much happier following a leader if they believe that they have good knowledge of the area for which they are responsible and not just generic management skills, and I'd be interested in other peoples thoughts on the matter.
In my 35 years in Local Government being a subject matter expert is an integral part of undertaking a leadership role be it formal or informal. It is vital that the knowledge is readily shared in a collaborative environment for the benefit of the team. It is very destructive if the approach comes across as condescending or intimidating. Good people to people skills are also important as well as being a well rounded and respected member of the organisation.
A few of my thoughts.
Thanks for the response, Bruce. Do you remember anything in particular from your BRL course that you have taken to heart and found useful over the years?