Andy Denne asserts that above all the Co-Active® Leadership Program at CTI taught him that leadership is not a theory to be memorized, but a constantly unfolding discipline to be lived.
Having completed the program over 8 years ago, this is a takeaway which is still very much alive for Andy: "It's a process which requires you to keep awake the part of you which is constantly learning and open to new growth and new applications of older learning. I'm still deepening the practice of my personal impact on others that I learned about in week one of the program for example."
Andy adds that in his work helping executives transition from being managers to leaders, the Co-Active Leadership Program has helped him to swim with the best of the orthodox consultants he often finds himself working alongside.
"Even when I don't know the material they use, the Co-Active Leadership Program has taught me to remain open and focus on aligning with the stake and desired outcome in any project, rather than getting caught up in the details."
Because he is able to create learning from his participants' or team's own inherent wisdom instead of being instructive, Andy notices that he is able to create a different kind of rapport with others.
"There's not a lot you can tell experienced executives about how to improve performance appraisal processes for example. It just doesn't work trying to tell them what a smart target should be, they already know that," he says.
"What's more powerful by far is allowing them to explore what it is they feel awkward about in their interaction with the people they are appraising, or their resistance to having honest conversations about what's not working in the workplace."
Since completing the Co-Active Leadership Program, Andy has been pursuing his own quest to actively encourage executives to break the habits which insist they live to work at the expense of their home life.
"To be a leader you have to take responsibility to improve the quality of your relationships in all areas of your life: in the workplace and at home. When you step up to be a leader you become a role model, whether you want to or not. The question then becomes, 'what type of role model do you want to be?' "
Andy Denne, a senior executive coach
working with Fortune 100 companies