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On October 1, 2017 I walked into 100 South Main Street, the CalTrans building and headquarters to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to start a FUSE Corp Executive Fellowship. I had been recruited and hired to spend one year—the blink of an eye in a civil servant’s career—designing, developing, and implementing a leadership academy training program for all LADOT supervisors.
I was excited about the assignment, because it gave me an opportunity to bring my 20 years of experience delivering training in organizations including BASF, CBRE, Deloitte, JPMorganChase, Visa, and Virgin Mobile to the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Transportation.
During the fellowship interview process, I told my executive sponsor that I thought most leadership training focused too much on “doing” leadership and not enough on how you are being as a leader. I planned to bring a focus on what it means to be a leader to the training I was creating.
I interviewed 42 of the department’s 240 supervisors in my first 90 days on the job. One theme I consistently heard was that supervisors needed greater emotional intelligence. Specifically, I was told that many leaders were not aware of how they were being as they were doing the work of managing, supervising, and leading staff. This feedback confirmed my belief that we should focus first on being a leader, then on doing leadership.
But what did it mean to be a good leader at LADOT?
I knew that to answer this question I would need to engage all LADOT employees, not just those who managed people, in a meaningful yet focused conversation about how they wanted leaders to be. To do this, I created the Ways of BEING That Work toolkit and used it to help LADOT create a shared definition of leadership.
Now, I am sharing the Ways of BEING That Work toolkit with you so you can help individuals, teams, departments, and even entire organizations start leading from personhood by asking and answering the question, “Who do we want our leaders to be (rather than what do we want our leaders to do) in order to be successful?”
I hope you will find this toolkit useful, and that you will experience a shift in yourself and the leaders around you when you start leading by who you’re being rather than what you’re doing.