Why are leadership away days different to other away days?
Well, there are a few reasons. The first being that leaders spend less time with their peers than most other roles. We also keep in mind that leaders who are responsible for the development, engagement, wellbeing and productivity of their people, need a different kind of tailored away day than one that encompasses all roles.
Leadership away days are a fantastic opportunity for leaders to step away from their daily responsibilities and focus on their own development and explore ways to work better day-to-day. Unlike a traditional team away day, a leadership away day is specifically designed for leaders, allowing them to bond and build relationships with their peers, discuss key business strategies, and engage in activities that help to build leadership skills and improve team dynamics.
One of the key components of a successful leadership away day is an engaging strategy session. This should be a time for leaders to come together and discuss the future direction of the organisation with passion and enthusiasm, as well as any challenges. The session should be well-structured and provide opportunities for leaders to share their ideas and insights, as well as receive feedback from their peers.
Get to know each other!
Another important aspect of a leadership away day is a get-to-know-each-other or learn-about-each-other activity. As mentioned earlier, leaders spend less time with peers than most other roles. This could be a team-building exercise, a roundtable discussion, or a fun activity that allows leaders to bond and build relationships with one another. By learning more about each other’s backgrounds, strengths, and weaknesses, leaders can build trust and create a more supportive and cohesive team.
Finally, it’s important to include something physical in the agenda of your leadership away day. This could be a walk in nature, a team building activity, or a fun and challenging team competition. This type of activity helps leaders to step outside of their comfort zones, work together in new ways, and develop their problem-solving and team-working skills. It’s a great thing to do after lunch to get the blood pumping.
A leadership away day should be a well-planned and thought-out event, designed specifically to help leaders build relationships, discuss key business strategies, and engage in activities that improve their leadership skills and support the day-to-day running of the business. Whether you choose to focus on strategy, team-building, or physical activities, the most important thing is to create an environment that encourages leaders to step away from their daily routines, reflect on their leadership, and build stronger relationships with their peers.