Breadcrumbs

The Leadership Shadow model is a self-reflection tool developed to help leaders focus on actions and behaviours found most likely to support progress on inclusion and diversity.

It starts with us

Graphic 3Often, the critical missing link on inclusion and diversity for many organisations is strong CEO involvement. By putting our stamp on diversity initiatives as part of a proactive strategy, we strive to be enablers of change from the top down.

The Leadership Shadow exercise is part of our individual commitment as leaders, and as Champions for Change, in ensuring we show up as the best possible versions of ourselves – acknowledging that change starts with us. We encourage you to complete the exercise with an open mind and a willingness to take the feedback on board to support your growth as a leader. We also encourage you to share the exercise with others in your organisation, specifically your Senior Executive team, in an effort to extend the impact of the exercise for wider organisational change.

What is the Leadership Shadow?

Leadership Shadow Graphic The Leadership Shadow model is a self-reflection tool developed to help leaders focus on actions and behaviours found most likely to support progress on inclusion and diversity. It is based on the idea that the path to lasting performance improvement on any priority – like inclusion and diversity – starts at the top.

What we say, how we act, what we prioritise and how we measure, together determine what gets done (and what doesn’t). These four elements make up the Leadership Shadow model, which allows a self-reflective process to take place to determine whether the imprint of your words and actions is as clear and powerful as you want it to be.

The model is flexible. It is intended as a guide to prompt specific areas of focus, that when tweaked, can have a positive impact on your ability to lead an inclusive and diverse organisation. Insights and action points that come from this exercise will be unique for each individual and dependent on the quality of the conversations that take place. 

Acknowledgements

Initially developed by the Male Champions of Change and Chief Executive Women in Australia, the New Zealand Champions for Change group received permission to use the Leadership Shadow model. Earlier works of the Leadership Shadow for gender balance were based on work provided by Pine Street, the leadership development group of Goldman Sachs. We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate and share resources, and we thank all parties who have made this collective exercise possible. Thank you.

The Global Women Leadership Development Team has subsequently provided support in defining an implementation process and expanding this model for the New Zealand market. For support in using this model, please contact champions@globalwomen.org.nz