“The capacity to influence others by unleashing power and potential to impact the greater good.”
At Studio Dojo, we believe that leadership behaviours and competencies can be nurtured over time, rather than something a select few are born with. We view good leadership as an individual’s or organisation’s effective use of their capacity to influence others to action.
This capacity to influence is what we refer to as power. Though fraught with negative connotation, ‘power’ is neither a good nor bad quality to possess.
Leadership development, for us, is more about vertical rather than horizontal development. Horizontal development refers to the adding of knowledge, skills, and competencies, while vertical development refers to advancement in a person’s thinking capability.
On top of that, we also see leadership as a collective process, not only an individual property. When viewed as a process, contextually situated within the relationships between people (be they ‘leaders’ or ‘followers’), leadership development is concerned with the leadership qualities of individuals, as well as the underlying processes that give rise to improved organisational effectiveness.