Strengths is the third pillar of the Flow Foundations. Developing the right leadership skills is critical for leadership success.
Many people in today's world have been influenced by the traditional approach of psychology and focus almost entirely on “fixing” what's wrong with them, their problems, their weaknesses and their stresses. Amongst this, they often lose sight of what is good and what is strong in them. I prefer to draw on positive psychology, a more modern approach of focusing on what we do well and how we can develop to be our best. This module focuses on strengths and strengths-based leadership.
The second state of the Flow Leadership Model is called Founding, where there is an emerging awareness of varying levels of effectiveness and a willingness to explore movement up and down the Flow Spectrums.
This module enables leaders to recognise the current state of the Founding State level two, where the leader is becoming more willing to experiment, to engage in trial and error, and to be more willing to seek and receive feedback from others. They are beginning to develop some agility to move out of their comfort zone and into the stretch zone where development can occur. This module reveals how to achieve the development that is needed to progress from level two, which is to experiment with different approaches and styles, to notice the impact of their own behaviours on others and also to start to explore unconscious bias.
Focused is the third level of the Flow Leadership Model where the current state is consciously cultivating skills to adapt behaviours as required. The leader chooses to suit both themselves and others. In other words, they are exploring being agile, they are ready to adapt themselves. They are aware that there are times when they need to be responding to the situation, to the people they're working with, or to the current context within which they're working. In level three, they have the ability to consciously choose to push themselves out of their comfort zone and to move into other areas where they're going to be more effective.
In this module the leader will learn the development needed at this level is for greater flexibility and adaptability, in addition to resilience. In any exploration, experimentation or trial and error, we need to be prepared for some failures (or learning opportunities) and be ready to pick ourselves up and try again. The leader also needs to be able to choose a position on the Flow Spectrum based on optimum circumstances and not on what may be best for themselves alone.
The fourth and final state of the Flow Leadership Model is the optimal state of Flow, which is represented at the peak of the diagram, as it is the ability to move fluidly and spontaneously, or unconsciously, up or down the Flow Spectrums as needed, to find the ideal position and achieve the state of Flow. In a state of Flow, leaders have the ability to best respond to any given situation, with any people, in any circumstances to be most effective.
This module teaches leaders how move into a state of Flow, to be most effective and successful in communications and interactions, without consciously having to choose your approach or style, to lead in the manner that’s required for success in any situation.