What is Power of Leadership – Schools & Charity Edition?

Power of Leadership is a real time, face to face, non-computer based simulation that helps students understand the value and dangers a leader faces when he or she attempts to use the power that goes with a position. It’s for adults, college age students and high school age students. It takes between 2.5 and 5 hours to run depending upon how much debriefing is done. One session can accommodate 10 to 25 participants.

This simulation teaches leaders how to:

  • Use power to resolve conflicts.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Solve problems, and manage positive change in the corporate culture.

It helps participants understand why the decisions, behavior, and attitudes of leaders are often misperceived by their followers.

It helps participants who are power averse understand what they must do to improve their effectiveness and helps those who are power prone understand what discipline they must employ to use their power effectively.

What happens in Power of Leadership?

Participants inherit a dysfunctional organization in which all of the power resides in the three participants who “earn” their position as Top Performers. The other participants become “Midders” or “Greemers” depending on how many points they earn trading. The organization also has physical and process barriers to communication, unequal opportunities to improve and create wealth, strong in-group/out-group identification, and a way of distributing wealth that creates distrust and allows sabotage.

After participating in one round of the simulation, the participants are given the opportunity to change the rules and change the physical environment to make a more effective, fairer organization. These changes are not easy to make because of the vested interests of the three groups.

The Power of Leadership is purchased in two Pieces: A Reusable Director's Kit, and a Set of Participant Materials for Each Person.

The Director's Kit is reusable and includes everything needed for the facilitator to run and discuss the simulation. The participant materials are sold per person. Each person needs their own set of participant materials which include everything they need to go through the program. We offer a discounted rate for the Schools & Charities version of Power of Leadership

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What is the unique feature of Power of Leadership?

The unique feature of the Power of Leadership is the strong emotions it creates in the participants. They are going along in a very fun, casual manner and then, as they realize that they have power or do not have power to change the organization, the simulation becomes very real. Participants become engaged both emotionally and intellectually. This creates very stimulating discussions and often results in very powerful “aha” moments.

Power of Leadership starts out like StarPower but it takes the issue of power much farther. Instead of just being concerned with showing people how seductive power can be and how it feels to be powerless, Power of Leadership also challenges them to figure out ways to improve the system.

For many people, power is a taboo topic. As part of a training program a colleague runs, he asks participants to identify the values that are important to them. Not once has acquiring power been chosen as a high value. Yet, if one observes the behavior of these same participants, acquiring power is often the motivating force behind many of their actions. This taboo makes it difficult to talk about, teach or learn about how to lead, or how to react to leaders. And, because we’re reluctant to talk about power, it often means that myths, misperceptions, incorrect assumptions and various forms of self-deception are allowed to grow unchallenged. Furthermore, power is the quality that makes the role of the leader unique. Trying to talk about and understand leadership without talking about power is like trying to talk about and understand cooking without mentioning heat.

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Who is it for and how is it used?

There are four general types of groups within educational institutions and charities that use Power of Leadership:

  1. Teachers who want to show their students how important it is to have built-in checks on power. This often includes classes in international relations, business, economics, history, racism, diversity, and sociology.
  2. Teachers who want their students to understand the class system and how if affects people within the system.
  3. The third group includes teachers of sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and business who believe that it is important for their students to learn about the concept of power: how it affects people within a government or other institutions; how it can be used to help or hurt people; and why it is a taboo discussion topic for most people.
  4. The fourth group includes those who are interested in teaching young people how to use power to change organizations effectively. These people are generally trying to reach two different types of participants: (1) Participants who are power prone and need to understand the pitfalls of using power and, more important, how to use power effectively. (2) Participants who need to understand that leadership requires much more than just being nice to people or working hard to achieve personal goals.

Change Management Tool:

Power of Leadership will help you manage change in your organization. During the course of three hours participants face the task of changing a dysfunctional system to a functional one; from one that sub-optimizes results to one that maximizes results; from one in which groups work to maintain the status quo to one in which groups and individuals work together for the common good of the organization. During this process the participants encounter and learn to overcome the problems and challenges that have sabotaged and defeated some of the best, most well-intentioned efforts to move an organization forward.

Comparing a traditional change management course in which the participants are told how to manage change without actually trying to change an organization is like trying to teach someone how to fly an airplane without letting them in the cockpit. Power of Leadership puts them in the cockpit and after crashing the plane a few times, they learn how to take off for new destinations and land safely.

Power of Leadership is a perfect addition to a traditional change management course. It gives participants a common experience in change management so everyone is brought up to speed. It provides the facilitator with a reality based set of examples to enrich the learning and, most important, it motivates the participants to learn the theory and practice of change management.

The Power of Leadership Simulation is ready for you to use:

Our world class leadership/change management/use of power simulation is designed for the training professional to use right off the shelf.

The Director’s Kit has everything the facilitator needs, including step by step instructions for setting up, running and debriefing the program. It includes audio CDs, a three winged board, used to simulate an office environment, scoring pegs, voting chips, decks, detailed diagrams and step by step instructions (including DVDs) for discussing the experience and bringing the learnings back into the workplace.
Everything the participant needs is included in each set of participant materials. Each set includes a workbook, artifacts for their level of the organization, score sheets, message forms a variety of discussion questions, conclusions and insights by participants, ideas about using power, position power, change management and leadership.
We’ve even presorted all of the materials for you. All you need to do is tell us how many people are going to be in your training session and we prepare everything for you, this makes it easy to set up and use the materials once you are at the training facility.
We’re here to help, whether you have pre-sales questions or you’d like detailed information on running the program for your group. We’re glad to spend as much time on the phone as you need to help your training be a success. Call us toll free at (800) 942-2900 (in the continental US) or (858) 450-3400.
There are two parts to the Power of Leadership; a reusable directors kit and consumable participant materials. In order to run Power of Leadership, you must have a reusable director’s kit which includes a tri-board and a briefcase full of materials and then purchase participant materials for each person you are putting through the program. The participant fee allows them to participate in the simulation and provides them with a guide to use in the simulation and during the debriefing. These participant materials can be ordered in any increment. The participant materials are consumable. The materials are always available and usually ship within one business day of receiving an order.

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