Late last year I took the Leadership Circle Profile certification class with Shahmeen Sadiq. It was a 3-day class for the core Leadership Circle Profile and then a 1-day follow-up for the Leadership Culture Survey.

I was looking for an instrument (360-degree tool) to use in my Certified Agile Leadership (CAL I & II) workshops to provide insights for leaders making the shift towards a more agile mindset. I’d been using Bill Joiner’s, Leadership Agility tool and I found it unwieldy for my purposes in the class.

Well, after four days, I’m excited about my new tools. I believe the LCP is a great tool for individually coaching leaders. And I’m even more excited about the LCS and how it will nicely dovetail into my private CAL I classes.

The Leadership Circle

I can’t do the instruments/surveys justice in a short blog post. What I will say is that the focus is on showing us the balance between our reactive tendencies and our creative competencies. Reactive focuses more on controlling and managing our teams. While creative attempts to achieve results by building and leveraging our teams’ capabilities.

Consider them the difference between management and leadership. And one of the things I like about the circle is that it doesn’t imply that reactive is bad. Instead, it shows you the degree to which you’re balanced between the two sides of the circle. And it offers you insights into why and where you might want to begin re-shifting your focus.

And, of course, if you’re in the business of leading agile organizations and teams, then a shift towards the creative is a must.

Here’s a short informational video on The Leadership Circle that also helps understand it at a high level -

My Personal BIG Aha

My personal AHA surrounded the notion of shifting your perspective. Shaheen spoke about our stories, which are our:

  • Beliefs

  • Assumptions

  • Baggage

  • History

  • Patterns

That we tell ourselves about:

  • Ourselves

  • Our teams

  • Our managers/leaders

  • Our organizations

  • Our cultures

  • Our limits / constraints

Often, we are our own “worst enemy” when it comes to our perception of our situation. And one of the key things about shifting conversations is being kind to ourselves in the journey. Realizing that it will take time and that we might never be perfectly done in the shift.

And that’s ok.

I guess the key point is to be present and focused in each moment and to be aware of the context. Looking out for our historical triggers and staying sharp on detecting them in advance of our reactions.

I’ve shared about some of this in other blog posts:

Wrapping Up

I’m incredibly excited about how this new tool will compliment my CAL classes. And the leadership reflection it will influence.

We all need to work on our creative side and this is a way to shine a light in that direction.

Hope you get the chance to attend a future class. They’re a wonderful opportunity to grow your leadership insights and chops.

Stay agile my friends!


BTW: Here’s a link to more information about my CAL class. And here a link to a readout from a private CAL class.