Design Your Own Leadership Model

Lift your leadership to new heights using Doug Conant’s 6-Step BLUEPRINT process.

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    What is a Leadership Model?

    A leadership model is a representation of a system, composed of concepts and practices, which you use to help people – including you – know and understand your approach to leadership. At its heart, it is a visual representation of what matters most to you as it relates to your leadership and how you intend to behave as you work to reach your goals. Ultimately, with the creation of your leadership model—using the 6-step BLUEPRINT process—you will create a succinct encapsulation of how you plan to lead. The model you create will be a highly customized expression of who you are, what you believe, and how you want to act.

    Learn to Lead Like Only YOU Can

    Each person has their own unique leadership voice, their own approach that reflects who they are. The purpose of the Blueprint is to help you find your own distinct voice, empower you to express it, and help you leverage it to get better results in work and life.

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    Doug Conant’s Leadership Model

    The ConantLeadership Flywheel

    The key to Leadership That Works is found in the 8 connected practice areas of the ConantLeadership Flywheel. At ConantLeadership, we champion this high-impact model, based on 40 years of leadership experience and study, as a highly effective way for 21st century leaders (who do not yet have a model of their own) to deliver enduring value to all stakeholders. Each pillar in the flywheel is anchored in Inspiring Trust and Honoring People, which are the two foundational elements of elite performance. When these eight components are developed in harmony, they are a powerful, self-reinforcing tool for transforming individuals and organizations with everlasting momentum.

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    Examples to Inspire

    Personal Leadership Models

    Kevin Carter

    • Founder & President, Inclusion Innovates
    • Principal Strategist, The Winters Group

    Bill Brandt

    • Company: Henry Schein
    • Title: Executive Director and Chief Customer Service Officer

    Melissa Tassie

    • Director of Learning and Development, NetJets
    • Strategic Thought Leader

    John Wooden

    • Title & Organization: UCLA Bruins men’s basketball (Head coach, 1948–1975)
    • “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
    John Wooden Pyramid of Success

    Stephen Covey

    • Author of 7 habits of highly effective people
    • World renowed leadership expert
    Stephen Covey - 7HabitsofHighlyEffectivePeople

    Chris Abboushi

    •  Astellas Pharma US TitleDirector, CL&D, Field Leadership Development, Managed Markets, Headquarters People Development

    Chris Abboushi Leadership Model

    Chris Cox

    • Senior Advisor, Partnership for Public Service
    • Former Senior Intelligence Officer

    Randall Landry

    • Company: MITRE Corporation
    • Title: Technical Director and Division Head – Infrastructure & Networking
    Personal Leadership Model - Randall Landry

    Kristen Heffernan

    • Company: Henry Schein MicroMD
    • Position: General Manager
    • Quote: “I choose to lead because I love helping people reach their potential and I accelerate that with honesty, integrity, and perseverance.”
    Kristen Heffernan Live Infinite Potential Leadership Model

    Linda Hagerty-Dotterer

    • Company: CSL Behring
    • Title: Executive Director, Change Management & Culture
    What specific practices (e.g., “thank you notes” or “offsite meetings”) have you used to help bring your model to life?
    I use the model when I have someone new joining my team – it’s an easy way for me to explain what I personally value and how I see my role as a leader.
    What specific practices have you used to help bring your model to life?
    I use the model when I have someone new joining my team – it’s an easy way for me to explain what I personally value and how I see my role as a leader.
    Linda Hagerty Dotterer - Leadership Model

    Albert G. Morales

    • Company: Amerisource Bergen Corp.
    • Title: Chief Transformation Officer
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    Before I participated in the Boot Camp, I managed my leadership craft based on instincts. The boot camp forced me to pull those instincts out of myself, write them down, organize them, reflect on them, refine them, challenge them, and move them from instincts to core beliefs. Once they became core beliefs, it was easy to summarize them into a 3-dimensional model. The model enables me to easily remind myself of who I am as a leader. I don’t have to think about remembering the various elements of my leadership model. All of the elements are important. And what is more important, is the fact that the model has withstood the test of time. My core leadership belief system remains as true today as it was several years ago when I first developed it. My model is visible to me every day that I am in my office. The visibility of the model is important to keeping me in tune with who I am as a leader.
    What is the reporting structure? How many people do you lead?
    As Chief Transformation Officer at ABC, I am responsible for driving work streams that optimize ABC’s efficiency and effectiveness, across all business units, deploying a One ABC mindset and culture across the enterprise. I report to the Chief Executive Officer, the Management Committee and all 21,000 associates as my prime objective is the improvement of every associates’ experience and ability to drive value for our customers.
    Describe in a few sentences the background and overview of your model.
    Maintaining balance is critical in all elements of life. In business, maintaining balance between the projection of energy, and the recovery of energy, is critical to sustaining continuous improvement and the ability to hone your craft. My leadership model is all about balancing those elements of external projection of energy outward to others: a) through coaching, b) through the driving of performance and the enabling of success in others, and c) through living ethically, and building trust – balanced against the ability to recharge and rebuild that energy through time with family, having fun, recharging the soul. Only through a balanced approach can we be our best, and best support the success of others around us.
    What specific practices have you used that have helped bring your model to life?
    I take the time to share my model with most of the colleagues I interact with on a daily basis. Because it is a 3-dimensional model, it is very easy to go through and explain it. I use the model as a means to stimulate my mentees to think about those elements of their leadership instincts are most important to them. I also use the model as a means to probe how my mentee finds balance in their every day life. I try to engage with my mentees in person, as much as possible. I have standing meetings that I have scheduled in 2 week intervals with all of my mentees. I use this time to follow up on the development areas they are working on. My leadership model is at the core of every thing I focus on with my mentees.
    How is your model helping you in the real world?
    Before I participated in the Boot Camp, I managed my leadership craft based on instincts. The boot camp forced me to pull those instincts out of myself, write them down, organize them, reflect on them, refine them, challenge them, and move them from instincts to core beliefs. Once they became core beliefs, it was easy to summarize them into a 3-dimensional model. The model enables me to easily remind myself of who I am as a leader. I don’t have to think about remembering the various elements of my leadership model. All of the elements are important. And what is more important, is the fact that the model has withstood the test of time. My core leadership belief system remains as true today as it was several years ago when I first developed it. My model is visible to me every day that I am in my office. The visibility of the model is important to keeping me in tune with who I am as a leader.

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    Once you’ve used the BLUEPRINT process to design your own personal leadership model, share your model with us here and we may celebrate your model on our website and social channels.

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