Everyone A Leader (EAL) is a pragmatic set of workshops designed to equip employees with the methods and tools needed to lead from where they are. The result is people thinking and taking action together. EAL builds off of three key truths about the world of work.
- Leadership is a decision, not a job description. You can lead from anywhere in the organization. Leadership doesn’t come from a title; it springs from how you approach the tasks you accomplish and how you choose to work with others.
- Everyone needs to know how to lead. In a high-performing organization, everyone approaches work as a leader, from the front lines to the corner offices. Those who have the title – and perceived power – have a responsibility to the organization to empower their teams to lead.
- Trust is essential to leading. When you bring purposeful intention to your actions, you demonstrate the intentionality and authenticity that builds trust. Doing what you say and saying what you do is a foundational component to building trust.
In a set of six, four-hour workshops, employees learn three types of leadership competencies they can use immediately to lead where they are. EAL is rooted in the practical, turning decades of global research and teaching into tangible, applicable approaches to collaboration, strategic thinking and problem solving.
For Tim DeWeese, Executive Director at Johnson County Mental Health Center, the real turnaround came after adopting the Everyone A Leader mindset. From the front lines to the director, employees felt empowered to lead from their positions.
“We had engaged staff and so we then had engaged clients,” he said. “In fact, our client ‘no show’ rate dropped from 35 percent to 12 percent. That’s unheard of.”
The department now works with a unified clinical philosophy and approach. The entire organization knows the strategic direction they’re headed. And everyone comes to work ready to lead.
“I figured it would take us five or six years to turn the place around,” DeWeese said. “But we’re in an incredible place in half that time.”
Three EAL Leadership Competencies
EAL pivots on the idea that we’re capable of accomplishing significant work together, we just don’t always know how. In EAL, we show you three types of leadership competencies you can easily use on a daily basis to move ideas into action, inspire people to be their best and make collaboration a part of your culture.
Life Methods: Life Methods are just that – methods you already use in your life daily but often on “autopilot.” In EAL we illuminate Life Methods so that they move off auto-pilot so you can use them intentionally. Bringing Life Methods to the forefront helps you illuminate your situation, your challenges and your actions so you can get stuck situations unstuck as well as intentionally move your projects, your team – your solutions – forward.
Practical Tools: After EAL, you’ll leave with 15 practical, easy-to-apply tools to help you inspire teams to think and act together. These proven methods work everywhere, from 1:1 meetings to large group settings. These tools cut through the clutter and help your teams get work done – while deepening and broadening their insights into the work you do.
Application Insights: Our methods have been helping teams work together for more than 50 years and all across the globe, which means we’ve seen our share of mistakes and triumphs. We’ve compiled these helpful tips to keep in your back pocket and use when needed. They’re insights that you can apply in numerous situations, whether you’re creating a strategy or rallying a team to tackle a big goal.