Margaret Seidler

Many of us have experienced the sometimes startling results from a 360° leader feedback assessment. For Margaret Seidler, it was a life altering moment. Determined to improve, she devoted herself to researching what makes a great leader. Her quest led her to the principles of Polarity Thinking™. In Margaret’s bestselling book, Power Surge, she demonstrates how a leader’s natural strengths can become weaknesses when leadership values are not managed in pairs over time. Audiences begin to see themselves more completely to gain strength, not lose it. Leaders learn to be more insightful, incisive and purposeful in managing themselves while addressing their organization’s complex challenges.

Margaret is one of only twelve certified Polarity Management® Masters in the world and is an Organization Development consultant, master trainer, and author based in Charleston, SC. Her consulting practice focuses on creating higher organization performance by helping clients manage the complexities of organizational leadership through the use of Polarity Management to build self-awareness and strategic thinking skills to create better bottom-line results. Her interest in helping other professionals become more effective leaders began in the early 1990s, when she recognized the need to improve her own leadership skills.

While she has published numerous articles, her first book, Power Surge: A Conduit for Enlightened Leadership was published in 2008 by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Press, Amherst, MA. She serves as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Notre Dame’s Executive Education Center in the Mendoza College of Business. Margaret holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Carolina.

PRINCIPLES

When working with an organization the principles, which are fundamental for creating organizational success are:

  • Build Bridges, not walls
  • Relate more easily and collaborate
  • Improve communication
  • Develop clear expectations and commitments
  • Grow through openness and honesty
  • Enhance on-going achievements
  • Succeed through people and systems

METHODS

Creating organizational success is achieved using the following methods:

  • Polarity Management and Mapping™
  • Organization Effectiveness Evaluations
  • Planning and Strategy Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Relationship Management
  • Coaching
  • Team building
  • Conflict Resolution

Selected 2010-11 faculty/presentations include:

  • American Public Power Association
  • Creative Problem Solving Institute
  • Idaho Association of Cities
  • Statewide Leadership Programs in Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, West Virginia
  • National League of Cities: Leadership Training Institute
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Northwest Public Power Association
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Emerging Leaders Program
  • SC Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Travel
  • University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Organization Management

Growing Great Leaders to Manage Continuity AND Change

Seminar Description

Great leaders demonstrate the uncanny ability to get the best of what is cutting edge and needed while still honoring what is crucial and essential from the past. In this session, Polarity Thinking principles and methods are introduced and experienced to support both leadership and organization success. Polarities are interdependent pairs of values that may seem competing, but in fact, are interconnected and mutually reinforcing. Discovering that leadership values are best served in pairs over time, participants begin to see themselves more completely and develop supplemental actions to keep their natural strengths from turning into weaknesses. With this heightened awareness, leaders learn to be more purposeful in managing themselves and addressing their organization’s on-going challenges and changes.

Session includes a book/workbook, Power Surge: A Conduit for Enlightened Leadership by Margaret Seidler, HRD Press, 2010, second edition.

Time Allocation – Topics

25% Self-Aware Leaders use Head AND Heart

  • Self-assessment Exercise: Your Leadership Preferences
  • Discovering the infinite energy between two poles of a Polarity
  • How Polarities work within us and organizations
  • Alternatives Exercise: The Values/Fears equation

25% Polarity Mapping for Awareness AND Action

  • How your strengths can turn into weaknesses
  • Shining the light on a leadership blind spot to build upon natural strengths
  • Mapping Exercise: Leadership strengths for understanding and developmental growth

35% Polarity Thinking to Manage Continuity AND Change

  • Where Polarities exist
  • Differentiate between a problem to solve and an “unsolvable” problem to manage
  • How to develop Greater Purpose Statements (At the end of the day, we all want…)
  • Mapping Exercise: Existing organizational challenge or change

15% Resistance as a Resource for Change

  • Use the power of listening and appreciating a competing viewpoint to gain support for change
  • Exercise: Coaching a Partner

MARGARET SEIDLERS BOOKS:

Full Biography

Margaret Seidler is a nationally-recognized Organization Development consultant, master trainer, and author based in Charleston, SC. Her practice focuses on creating higher performance in both organization and community systems. Central to her work is Polarity Management®, a set of principles and method to guide people in tapping the power of “both/and” thinking for better, more sustainable results. Her interest in helping other professionals become more effective leaders began in the early 1990s, when she recognized the need to improve her own leadership skills. Her areas of expertise include managing complex opportunities and challenges, increasing leaders’ self-awareness/self-management, team building, resolving conflict and interpersonal communications skills.

Since returning to her hometown of Charleston and establishing her consulting practice in 2001, she has published numerous articles. In 2008, her first book, Power Surge: A Conduit for Enlightened Leadership was published by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Press, Amherst, MA. She serves as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Notre Dame’s Executive Education Center in the Mendoza College of Business.

Selected 2010-11 faculty/presentations include:

Ø American Public Power Association

Ø Creative Problem Solving Institute

Ø Idaho Association of Cities

Ø Statewide Leadership Programs in Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, West Virginia

Ø National League of Cities: Leadership Training Institute

Ø National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Ø Northwest Public Power Association

Ø Rochester Institute of Technology, Emerging Leaders Program

Ø SC Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Travel

Ø University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management

Ø U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Organization Management

Earlier as a Consultant with The Atlanta Consulting Group, she supported UPS in a business improvement and work culture transformation. Prior to external consulting, she devoted five years to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and eight years to South Carolina Electric & Gas Company. Her work there culminated in an internal consultant’s position to lead change in the face of possible electric de-regulation – the genesis of her career in Organization Development.

Today Margaret’s community involvement includes service on the Board of Directors for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Old Charlestowne District Task Force. Also, she is one of two SC representatives at Vision 2020, a national congress of women, committed to gender equality in this decade.

Her broad education includes a BA in Psychology and Master in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina, as well as graduate course work in Organization Development at the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis. In 2009, she became one of only twelve certified Polarity Management Masters in North America.