During the Nordic-Baltic Leadership Course, we will look at the broad topic of leadership from a multitude of angles to explore it thoroughly. One aspect of this are our chosen focus topics that will flow as a common theme throughout the entire course. Here you’ll find a quick overview of these six focus topics and why they matter.
“Do not wait on a leader...look in the mirror, it's you!”
- Katherine Miracle
Leadership is a very broad term, with as many definitions as there are people. Throughout the course, we'll together examine it up close and ask ourselves some fundamental questions: What does leadership mean? Who are you as a leader? How does your values affect who you are as a leader? How can leadership differ between people, and which factors are involved in this?
Using the collective experience and knowledge in the room, our goal is to make some serious headway in these - and other - leadership-related questions!
"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead
We've all at least once been there, working in a group towards some common goal. And it certainly won't be our last. This makes understanding how groups work and what characterizes them not only a leadership skill, but a universal skill.
Working with group dynamics, our aim is to look closer into groups as a general phenomenon and try to discern the things they share in common. Not stopping there, we will also take a leap into the specifics; using the participants' concrete group experiences as a platform for further learning.
Knowledge of Self
“Know your opponent and you will never lose. Know yourself and you will always win.”
- Sun Tzu
It is our core belief that in order to lead other people, you must first learn how to lead yourself. Your personal traits and values guide your actions and behavior both as a leader and in your everyday life. Your feelings and actions in due turn relate to both outside factors, such as different groups and environments, and internal factors, such as your mood or stress level. By digging deeper into these, we want to challenge you to turn this increased self-awareness into conscious choices about who you choose to be, both for yourself and others.
“It's all boils down to good communication”
- Unnamed NBLC team member
Communication lies right in the center of everything we do. What is really good communication, and why does it matter? Do you know how you are perceived by others? Do you pay attention to how you communicate, both consciously and unconsciously? Is “treat others as you wish to be treated” necessarily the best approach to communication? Answering these questions will bring us closer to the end-goal of taking responsibility for the way we communicate and how it affects others.
“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.”
– Bill Gates
An integral part of communication and leadership itself is feedback. We believe that earnest and thoughtful feedback truly can be one of the greatest gifts of all and help us improve the most. This is why we’ll be exploring exactly what constitutes good feedback and the role of both the giver and the receiver. Moreover, we’ll take the step from the abstract to the very concrete and get a real chance at practicing our feedback muscles actively throughout the entire course.
Working For Diversity
It is our utmost conviction that diversity is not only a necessity, but a great source of strength and progress in today’s ever more globalized world. This puts a great, and crucial, responsibility on not just people in leadership positions, but all of us, to understand what the complex and multi-layered concept of diversity can mean. Equally important is actually having the concrete tools to actively and consciously work with and for it. After all, this course’s main aim is to foster the growth of aware, value-driven and engaged leaders of tomorrow, and we believe that putting diversity as one of its central building blocks is a way to accomplish exactly that.