From March 15-17, 2018, ICF Global hosted the Global Leadership Forum (GLF) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This event brought together ICF chapter presidents and other board leaders to share ideas and learn about strategies to create more vibrant chapters and deeper ties with Global and other chapters in our region and around the world. Of the 131 ICF chapters, 127 attended. Kristin Robinson, our board VP for Programs, and I represented the ICF-NT chapter and board, and our own Sara Smith, co-chair of the Global board, also attended. What an overwhelming mix of ideas, resources, good food, perspectives, and people with a passion for the excellence of coaching!
GLF is about leadership development. How are we showing up as leaders? What do we want the experience to be for those we lead and also for ourselves? How do we empower others and then get out of the way so they can own what they are doing? Why is inspiring others more important than motivating others? How do we inspire others to positive productive action? How do we create space for important conversations that connect? What does it mean to really, I mean really, listen? How do we align our personal vision with the vision of the organization and the team? Where does co-creating leadership begin? How do we hold ourselves and each other accountable?
So many questions—and so many conceivable answers, depending on the circumstances, context and personalities involved. I offer no answers here but present these as food for thought.
We are all leaders just as we are all members of groups and teams in our professional and personal lives. Our experiences are based, at least in part, on what we give and how we play in the proverbial sandbox. What do we need to flourish and how do we support those around us to thrive? In the words of John C. Maxwell, "The challenge of leadership is to create change and facilitate growth."
In closing, I ask that you share your leadership strengths with our chapter. We need you and your inspiration and your gifts. We’ll make it work. Let’s reach out and help each other learn and grow and prosper—personally and professionally. I’d love to hear from you at email@example.com.
Leading with you, side by side,
Catherine A. Oleksiw, Ph.D., PCC
ICF-NT President, firstname.lastname@example.org