Qualities of Practice

Get in touch with us to find out about our highly successful Qualities of Practice concept for growing leadership.

Our aim was to develop an approach that is meaningful for everyone, achieves new learning through dialogue and conversation, and addresses some core leadership challenges. Based on research and undergone extensive trials, this learning resource provides a rich and insightful process for leaders at all levels.

When you work with us we introduce you to our Qualities of Practice Cards®. We show you how they can provide a powerful window into the way that you work, where learning is through live issues, situations and challenges.

Ask us to explain more about the extensive research and testing behind the concept; why the Qualities of Practice help leaders to achieve balance; what happens when a leader or team is out of balance; and how to inspire balance within the Organisational system.

Through skilful facilitation, we can explain how the card approach has repeatedly shown its effectiveness in:

Strengthening personal leadership

  • growing authentic leadership (one-to-one, reciprocal mentoring, small and large group learning)

  • skilfully bringing leadership balance to different situations

  • Growing key leadership relationships

  • Overcoming deeply entrenched leadership issues.

Building resourceful and diverse teams

  • Understanding how collective team strengths can overshadow personal contributions

  • As a key resource for teams to return to over and over again to show their strength in different situations

  • Help teams to understand how they are similar and different to the wider system in which they operate.

Systemic interventions

  • To understand collective patterns in big systems

  • Build and sustain cultures of diversity and inclusivity

  • Re-imagine leadership for future-focus leadership capabilities. 

We will show you how Qualities of Practice Cards® can uniquely be used to understand and work more effectively in a wide range of leadership scenarios.

The development of the card system

Developing the Qualities of Practice into a card system was designed, tested and re-tested by Sue Congram, Rosie Mayes and Mary Musselbrook, the Founders of the EB Centre. Working with a broad range of companies in different sectors on challenging leadership issues, the cards were used with individual leaders, leadership teams and large leadership systems. From these trials, the Qualities of Practice Cards® approach was shaped, refined and launched, offering a robust and sustainable method for bringing balance to leadership in everyday practice. 

Can Qualities of Practice Cards® be purchased?

For Practitioners: the cards can be purchased for use in consultancy, coaching and facilitating learning groups, on completion of a Professional Practitioner Development (PPD) training programme. Go to the Supporting Practitioners page to find out more.

For Leaders: the cards form part of a self-learning package called SOLO, which includes a Guide for developing personal leadership - this package can be purchased from our online Shop.


Qualities of Practice: Solo
Guide & Cards: for re-imagining leadership

A compelling approach for developing your leadership through your own unique situation, in your own time. Solo can rapidly give you a deep understanding of your leadership as it is today, reveal how you limit yourself and support you in growing and strengthening your leadership in different situations.

You receive a set of Qualities of Practice Cards® with a Guide, leading you through a range of exercises for developing and strengthening your personal leadership in your own time, and supporting situational leadership in different ways. An economic and highly effective way of developing your personal leadership.

The Guide and Qualities of Practice Cards® in this pack have been developed and written by highly experienced practitioners who have worked successfully with leaders at all levels. They bring their experience and expertise to you through a series of thought provoking Exercises, deliberately positioning them within your own personal context and engaging you in  a ‘learning in action’ process.

Coming soon: a Guide for leaders to work with others (Pairs) and for strengthening teams (Teams).

 

FAQs

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Who are the Qualities of Practice Cards® for?

They are developed for people who are engaged in leadership, that is people in leader roles, systemic practices, leadership teams, and all kinds of groups and teams working together. They are also useful in dealing with conflict and challenging situations.

How do I use them?

A process called ‘mapping’ is used to identify a set of core qualities that define how you or your team live your leadership in general and in different situations.

What will I get from using them?

You will discover how you can make better choices in the way that you engage in leadership, to achieve greater success.

Can I use them on my own?

Yes. We have developed SOLO for this purpose.

How do I buy them?

For LEADERS: the cards form part of a self-learning package called SOLO, which includes a Guide for developing personal leadership - this package can be purchased from our online Shop.

For PRACTITIONERS: the cards can be purchased for use in consultancy, coaching and faciltiating leadership development, on completion of a Professional Practitioner Development (PPD) training programme. Go to the Supporting Practitioners page on this website.

How do the exercises in the Guides work?

We provide different aspects of learning through the exercises. Using a step by step process, each exercise takes you through a mapping of the cards, or refers to an earlier mapping. A series of focused questions then takes you through a reflective learning process, followed by actions to expand your practice.

How are Qualities of Practice different to values

Whilst values underpin qualities, they are different. Qualities define a range of practices that shape everyday leadership, such as ‘directive’, ‘relational’, ‘innovative’ that we all have access to within ourselves. Important to this process is the extent that each quality is valued, or has become undervalued through a process of ‘eclipsing’.

What do you mean by ‘Balance’?

We explain this fully in our Guides and in our book ‘Engendering Balance: A Fresh Approach to Leadership'. In brief, establishing balance is to do with making choices on how to live leadership in different situations, rather than through habit, or by bending out of shape to ‘fit’.