In 1919, Professor John Dewey visited China at the request of two of his outstanding Chinese students, Professor Hu Shi (胡适)and Professor Jiang Meng Lin (蒋梦麟). Each of the gentlemen had studied at Columbia University and been President of Peking University, though at different times. One afternoon, the three of them were walking in Bejing’s West Mountain(西山), when they happened to see a dung beetle pushing a small pile of mud up the hill. First it used its two forelegs, then its rear legs, and then its side legs. The mud was moving slowly. Suddenly, it would roll down and the process would start all over again. This happened time after time while the three gentlemen observed. Both Professors Hu and Jiang praised its persistence and unswerving determination. Professor Dewey, however, had a different view and said, “Yes, but it is pitifully stupid.” This story was found in Professor Jiang’s book Tides from the West (1945). After mentioning this story, Professor Jiang wrote, “There are two sides to one thing. This prominent philosopher is a typical Western person. His two students are typical Chinese people. While the West thinks the dung beetle lacks wisdom, the East praises its unswerving determination.”
The West and China think differently. In the business environment, we have heard Western people’s frustration in dealing with Chinese staff as follows:
“Why did they not say a word in the meeting?”
“What does it mean when they say ‘I will consider it’?”
“How do I know if they like my proposal or not?”
“Why do they keep asking me if I would come when I have already confirmed that I will come?”
“This is China!” has likely been the most spoken sentence since China opened up its doors in the 1980’s, implying that China was/is different and had/has different rules and ways of doing business. Unfortunately it sometimes has a somewhat negative meaning. However, no matter what Western people think about China, they still want to come and explore business opportunities in this huge market. MNCs have never stopped the development of their China businesses. Nowadays, learning Chinese has become fashionable in many Western countries. China has been attracting Western people’s attention and business investment for a long time. Western people want to know about China and there are hundreds and thousands of articles, books and reports on Chinese cultures and its people, its history, its philosophy, and so on. Nevertheless, with so many scholars and researchers, think-tanks, academic institutions and business schools studying and advising on China, many Western business leaders and senior executives working in China sometimes find the Chinese difficult to understand. How to better manage and lead Chinese employees remains an important topic to them – and, it is the main reason why we are having this course.
In this course, there are a total of eight chapters. In the first four chapters, we will go through some basic topics – how do Chinese see the world, what are their core values, and what are their ways of thinking and communicating, etc. These topics are the foundation that will better prepare you for the last four chapters, which are on the more practical issues of staff management. We will also learn from some successful leaders and hear about their experiences. Finally, we will discuss how to best integrate Chinese and Western management practices.

  《立己立人领导力实践课程》是一套回归本源的课程,学习领导力要从内心开始,从每一个人独特的内在出发,由内而外,先把自己管束好,才去领导别人。一个人倘若没有澄明而强大的内在力量,绝对不可能成为一位出色的领导。
 
  同时,这也是一套自我反省的课程,经过七大主题十九个单元的学习,我们其实在走一个重要的过程,我们反思内在:从价值观、行为取向、到与人沟通、培养员工以及带领团队,我们一直以来在哪些地方做到位了?哪些地方有待改善?哪些地方被完全忽略了?
 
  领导力不是纸上的学问,它是实践的过程。因为领导力是一个浩瀚的课题,它是一个人所有“软实力”的综合,它代表了一个人的全面素质,包含了您的自我认识、核心价值观、您对人性的关怀、您的行为习惯,甚至您的人生目的和所追求的梦想。领导力不能只透过书本文章学习,它要在学习后通过实践才能得以内化、施展。您需要在实践中不断的检验、总结、调整,然后再行动。这才叫做真正理解了什么是您的领导力。
 
  “立己立人”是本套课程的中心思想,它贯穿整个课程的所有主题,做领导要从自己做起,持续的把自己管束好、修炼好,同时要帮助被我们领导的人,帮助他们成长,帮助他们成功。在领导力的学习旅程中秉持领导力的“道”,修炼领导力的“术”,最终达成“立己立人”的目的。下图就是围绕“立己立人”这一中心思想而形成的课程框架:
 
  第一课是【领导者的价值观、思维与角色】,这是重要的“立己篇”,共有三个单元。我们从检视自身的核心价值观出发,探索领导者该有的价值观,到领导者该具备的关键思维能力,再到明确自己身为领导应当承担的四个角色。这一课我们还将剖析“信任”的具体内涵,探讨为何信任是领导力的根基。
 
  第二课是【沟通力全面观】,在两个单元里,我们会深入分析沟通的真相、领导容易掉进的沟通误区,对待“冲突”的态度以及沟通的五大原则。我们还会学习公开演说的原则和技巧,和如何克服上台演讲的恐惧。
 
  第三课是【领导者的控制力和影响力】,共有三个单元。我们会学习如何修炼自己内在的控制力,它和我们的影响力有什么关系。领导者要知道如何掌控自己的“控制圈”和“影响圈”,同时还会探讨领导如何提升自己的影响力。
 
  第四课是【员工也要“慢”养】,共有三个单元,领导需要明白“慢养”的真谛,它为什么对员工的辅导和培养那么重要,我们会学习辅导的原则和步骤,以及培养员工的几项重要方法。
 
  第五课是【建设优秀的团队】,有两个单元。要想带出一支优秀的团队,领导者首先要在头脑中植入“团队思维”,同时必须认识到团队的不同发展阶段,为了使团队发挥出最大的绩效,在不同阶段领导者应该采取哪些具体的关键行动。在这一课,我们还将学习领导如何建立优良的团队文化,因为一流的团队都建基于优良的文化。
 
  第六课是【向优秀的领导学习领导力】,我们选择了三位中外优秀的领导者,各用一个单元介绍一位。第一位是通用电气的前任CEO杰克ž韦尔奇,第二位是二战时期的英国首相温斯顿ž丘吉尔,第三位是世界华人首富李嘉诚。我们观察他们的领导特质、性格特点,探寻他们为什么可以成为出色的领导,以及他们怎样发挥领导力。
 
  第七课是【回归感性的领导力】,共有三个单元,我们经过前六课的学习,回归内在,探索感性领导力的内涵,包括以仆人的心态做领导,构建健康的内在秩序,让强大正面的内在力量指引外在的领导行为。这一课也是对前六课所学知识的夯实与升华。
 
  在每一个单元里我都向大家提出了一些思考的问题,当您看到这些问题时,请停下来,静静的想想,写下您的见解和观点,然后再继续。同时,在相应的主题之下,我都给大家安排了“实践任务”。每一课结束后有一些拓展阅读文章,这些文章都值得细看,它们会为您带来新的启发和思考。
 
  最后,我要一再强调,为了达到最佳的学习效果,学员们应当在学习全程中秉持如下的心态:
  1. 不单学习关于领导力的知识,更重要的是,去学习如何学习领导力的方法;
  2. 不单单听我的观点,更重要的是,您要弄明白每一个观点对于您的具体意义;
  3. 不单单是书本上的学习,更重要的是,您要去实践,并且将领导力的提升当作一种持续的历程去规划和行动。
 
  所以保持您的行动力,实践每个单元中所学的要点,尤其是那些需要长时间的实践才可以驾驭的能力。请为自己准备一个笔记簿,在上面记录每一项你将实践的行动内容,注明采取行动的期限,在实践之后,把结果记录下来。
 
  真正有效的学习都是在愉悦的体验中完成的!所以,在学习的旅程中,请相信您内在的潜力,并保持好奇的心态,带着愉悦的心情去尽情地阅读、观察、思考、实践、拓展……
  祝各位旅途愉快!成果丰硕!
 
  葉慧琍