Leadership Theory

SheLeadsHer has three important pillars that cover Mindset, Voice and Leadership.
In this portion of SheLeadsHer, you will cover the pillar of Leadership.

While these modules will outline the teachings of leadership theory, there are specific exercises to help you identify how you can incorporate the theory’s into your style and in the real world. Leadership is personal and using a style that works for you is important. There are however best practices, but that all depends upon your industry, personality and preferences.

Let’s be clear on what the difference is between management and leadership. Management is the completion of tactical operational and financial targets. Leadership is the ability to influence others to move in another direction that is not decided by them. They are two very different approaches that are both important, however leadership will drive an organization or community to new heights, while management will prove to continue to meet targets. The theories I have listed will provide you insights on how you can demonstrate leadership even if you are not managing a team of people, but are apart of a team.


As you move further into leadership, you do not need to be as technically capable, but more people and ideas focused. Far too many people who are placed in leadership roles are put there because of technical ability, not for their people and influencing skills. This is key as to why so many leadership classes are offered to those holding the assigned role of leadership.

In these modules, I’d like you to pay close attention to see how people are the forefront of each theory and how the various theories are somewhat intertwined.

Just know that leadership has been studied for decades. The findings are always shifting and changing, just as our society, organizations and communities are shifting and changing. So know that what you learn and apply, can always be further built upon and that your leadership development will never truly stop.

The training covers key modules that will take you through video vignettes, a workbook, self reflection and a private Facebook Group to create engagement with other Millennial Women around the world who are completing the program at the same time. The private Facebook Group is designed so that you will have an opportunity to share your moments of progress, ask questions and promote your success. You are encouraged to share video updates, cheer on your peers and create a community of women who are supporting one another. Jaemi Serene will monitor the private Facebook Group and engage with the group for shared support.

The Leadership training will cover the following topics:

Learning how to utilize emergent leadership is an opportunity to challenge everything you think you know what leadership is based on titles and someone being in an assigned position of power. An assigned position of power is someone who is hired into the role of manager, director, vice president … etc. They have power assigned to them based on status. With emergent leadership, you have the ability to flex your leadership muscle without actually having the assigned power. Actually, emergent leadership is not power seeking at all. Instead, people who use this style will work on building relationships and hearing all parties perspectives. They actively seek feedback and look for information to build upon within the organization and team. Through this approach, they become trusted and liked and therefore, able to take on a leadership role, organically.
Servant leadership is all about the people. In servant leadership you are looking to see where you can help, serve, and promote the people you work with. You actually have to like people and leave the dictatorship demeanor behind. This leadership style is known for developing others for their personal fulfillment and contribution rather than for a specific project or operation that requires completion. Servant leaders are viewed very highly as they leave the competitive mindset behind.
Emotions, values and ethics, that is what transformational leadership is all about. It is the internal elements that matter to us as people in the workplace. The key here is that emotions and values will vary for each person. So as a transformational leader, you really have to be clued in to what individuals want and desire, then what teams want and desire, then what organizations want and desire. You have to like people! The leaders that typically rise to this level are also called charismatic leaders. In this module we will talk through how to implement this style into your leadership. Which means putting people before you. Most of us may be naturally good at that, however when you are in a competitor's mindset, you do not think this way.
The authentic leader lives from five core concepts: Values, Purpose, Relationships, Self-Discipline and Heart. Values that lead to behavior, purpose that leads to passion, relationships that lead to connectedness, self-discipline that leads to consistency and Heart that leads to compassion. It’s simple, how can you incorporate these styles into your leadership style? When you lead from this space you understand that you must be true to your values and that guides how you show up and interact with others. So if respect is a value of yours, you must demonstrate self-respect in what you will experience from others and you must also give respect to others in how you interact with them. Using self-discipline, you will be consistent you demonstrating your value of respect. If your value of respect is challenged, using your Heart, you seek to understand others before jumping to conclusions. Using compassion will help you maintain your position of using your heart and maintaining your value of respect. This approach ultimately impacts relationships can creates positive connections with others, that will propel you on your journey in activating your purpose and leading the way.