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Communication and leadership

Objectives

The Inspire section involves leading staff improvement by developing a shared vision, inspiring and creating commitment and embracing risks by supporting innovations of teachers. Staff will develop vision and values, knowledge and understanding, and enhance their personal qualities and their social and interpersonal skills.

Conversation is a core leadership capability and activity for curriculum improvement. Conversation is about seeking shared meaning. How we speak to each other and how we speak to ourselves influences relationships, trust, teamwork and learning. Using the TAFE online group communication skills resource as a guide, reinforce best practice when working in teams and discuss good leadership styles.

This activity could be split up and run over consecutive sessions.

 

Activity

  1. Introduce this session by explaining that it is about communication skills and leadership styles.
  2. View this short video as a group, to set the scene for the activity on teamwork and communication skills titled
    Teamwork www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISMO7M3-UV8External Link
  3. Open the TAFE Group communication skills resource and select Preview to access the Task 1 activities tle.tafevc.com.au/toolbox/items/9570e28f-b453-e442-6b3a-f5c21e0d3dc3/1/External Link
  4. Open the Activity: Assignment group communication skills.
    a.    Go through the list of questions and explore with participants how they feel about the statements. Are they important or not important?
  5. Open the Activity: 'I' statements and discuss with participants. Brainstorm other examples which are relevant to leadership roles.
  6. Open the Activity: Destructive roles within teams. Read the introduction to this activity. Discuss the destructive roles:
    a.    the blocker
    b.    the avoider
    c.    the distracter
    d.    the personaliser
    e.    the aggressor
    f.     the husher.
  7. When working in teams your participants have probably come across people who have had a significant negative impact on teamwork. Ask them to consider their experiences with these role types.
    a.    How can teams work well with these team members?
    b.    What strategies do they use?
  8. There are three common leadership styles to be considered; transformational, transactional and laissez-faire. Open the Prezi presentation on Leadership styles prezi.com/uzuaviibrl80/leadership-stylesExternal Link and read about the different styles.
    a.    Which leadership style do your participants consider to be the most effective for proper team functioning? Discuss.
  9. Ask participants the following question about team leadership and collect their responses in Wordle http://www.wordle.netExternal Link
    a.    Consider a team leader with whom you have worked with effectively. Brainstorm the qualities and actions demonstrated by them that helped the team to function well.
  10. Finish the session by inviting the participants to consider the messages in the following videos.
    a.    Top tips for developing your leadership style https://vimeo.com/32633222External Link
    b.    Mr Bean Giving orders to army cadets www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChlNVNbWCHsExternal Link

Resources


This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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