Living your life as a leader
Originally published in 2010, Living Your Life as a Leader is a resource developed by volunteer members of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership. In 2016 we revised the publication in a third edition. This leadership training resource, designed for architects and emerging professionals, will ask you to assess yourself, your community, your profession, and your commitments. By working through this leadership tool, you will be able to:
- Explore those skills and abilities needed for success in the practice of architecture, and understand what skills and abilities are unique to particular models of leadership
- Read stories from leaders in the industry through our "Legacy of Leadership" series
- Identify the proficiency you would like to gain or enhance by working through "Your Personal Leadership Plan"
- Embrace resources available to promote your efforts as listed in "Suggested Resources"
Living Your Life as a Leader can be ordered for reuse in a local leadership training program, or individuals can receive their own copy through registration with the 2016 AIA Leadership Institute.
PERSONAL LEADERSHIP ASSESSMENT
As an added resource for AIA members, we have secured access for individuals to take part in an optional Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) through education distributor Wiley. This helpful tool is a way to assess your leadership skills, providing you a Self Report following a brief series of questions.
The assessment is based on the research of James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, and measures your abilities based on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®, from Kouze and Posner's internationally best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge. Based on years of research, they approach leadership as a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors.
Completing this assessment is optional, but is highly encouraged if you are seeking to learn more about your personal leadership style and understand your strengths, as well as areas for improvement. Michael Ayles will be utilizing this assessment as a sample during his presenting on Living Your Life As A Leader.
1. To access the LPI, visit and register for an account at: www.lpionline.com/adminmgmt/adminapp/login/loginPage
2. Once logged in, purchase the LPI Self Assessment, at: http://www.leadershipchallenge.com/ProductDetail/lpiselfwebsite.aspx?audience=LDPs.
3. Click 'Add to Cart' and, be sure you type code – AIA15 below during check out. The cost for the survey is $50.
4. Once checked out, you will then receive an email with an Account Number and Order Confirmation Number to retrieve your LPI token. Log into your lpionline account and click on Tokens. Enter your Account Number and Order Confirmation Number to retrieve your LPI.
5. Begin your assessment creation by following these instructions: http://lpi.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/7177.
6. Take your LPI Self Assessment, which should take you approximately 10-15 minutes.
7. Generate your report by following these instructions: http://lpi.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8962
For Technical Support contact 877-591-7762.
Leadership is a life long journey. Whatever type of leader you seek to become - be it firm leader, business leader, design leader, community leader, or citizen architect - we want to help you reach your goals! Our team has gathered a list of digital resources we highly recommend to help you expand your understanding of the many approaches to leadership. These are great to share with your co-workers and peers to enhance discussions around leadership culture and best practices in your workplace setting .
- “The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, 5th Edition”, James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner (*highly recommended pre-event reading)
- “Collective Genius, The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation”, Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, and Kent Lineback
- “True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership”, Bill George
- "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen R. Covey
- "Strengths Based Leadership", Tom Rath and Barrie Conchie
- "Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us", Daniel Pink
- "Emotional Intelligence", Daniel Goleman
- "On Becoming a Leader", Warren Bennis
- "Tribes", Seth Godin
- "Total Leadership", Stewart Friedman
- "The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan", George Bradt et al
- "It's Not What You Sell, It's What You Stand For", Roy M. Spence with Haley Rushing
- “What Makes a Leader”, Daniel Goleman
- “Discovering Your Authentic Leadership”, William W. George, Peter Sims, Andrew N. McLean, David Mayer, and Diana Mayer
- “Emotionally Intelligent Leadership” (HBR Article Collection), Annie McKee, Daniel Goleman, and Richard Boyatzis
- "Think Like An Entrepreneur", (AIA Architect) Steve Cimino
- "Equity by Design [EQxD]", (The Missing 32% Project: Equity in Architecture Blog) featuring various contributors
- Center for Creative Leadership
- Entrepreneur Architect
- Fast Company
- Harvard Business Review
- The Business of Architecture
- “How to Manage for Collective Creativity", Linda Hill
- "What it Takes to be a Great Leader", Roselinde Torres
- "Lead Like the Great Conductors", Itay Talgam
- “What's Your Purpose?", Roy Spence
- “AIA Kinetic", a resource of the American Institute of Architects