Season 6 Episode FOUR of the Intrepid Way podcast series, Leadership on the Ground, with Erica Peitler and co-host Todd Schnick
The Context Skill Set
SEASON 6 EPISODE FOUR – The Context Skill Set!
Discussion Guide for this episode:
- First, who is your audience? Or, what is their situational need? Frame the context so THEY can take action, to be IN SERVICE to them.
- The differentiator skill set is the ability to communicate context.
- You need a mastery of communication. The two currencies of leadership are communication and relationship building.
- Out of context, leadership communications can appear self-serving. In context, they appear in service to the organization.
- The need for a strategic and big picture orientation, the classic “on” verses “in” the business. Periscoping and telescoping are good, but you don’t want to get caught up in microscoping.
- Take uncertainty and have the agility to take advantage of the opportunities there.
- Operate in real time. You want positive forward movement, at the speed of business.
- Courage is an important skill set too. Operating in context, you are freer to make bold moves.
- Giving feedback, another skill, out of context is negative. Feedback in context inspires growth. When you better understand the WHY behind feedback, that’s far more impactful.
- In an organization, if operating in context, then feedback can go BOTH WAYS, which is necessary. Leaders should want to get better too.
- Improving decision-making skills requires context-reading and context-setting. Providing the why behind a decision makes it much more likely people will align with it, and why it might be important for you.
- The six leadership styles, and how to use them in the proper context (Pacesetting, Directing, Coaching, Affiliative, Participative, Visionary). Knowing which style to use in a specific scenario and context, enables the leader to properly inspire and motivate people.
- Context skill sets can be developed and learned, how do we do that? Help them with their agility.
- We also want leaders to facilitate action and progress.