The Independent Variable that Advances Our Field
Leadership is not based on the position one holds, the education one has, or the authority they have been vested by an organization. Leadership is a set of behaviors that anyone can learn, master, and generalize to any organization, position, and situation. Being a leader in behavior analysis is unique and different than being a leader in other fields. As behavior analysts, we know that behavior is learned, changed, and maintained based on specific environmental variables in place. As a leader in behavior analysis, we are also usually working with others who have the same understanding. We recognize that most in our field (well, actually, in most fields) are placed in leadership positions without any training in how to actually be a leader. This leads to failure of one in the leadership position as well as those under that person, ultimately leading to the suffering of the businesses and their clients. It’s time to turn that around and focus on how to ensure those in leadership positions are actual leaders; those who have mastered the skills that define leadership.
Leadership in Behavior Analysis (LIBA for short), provides strategies and exercises that can be implemented in your leadership journey, providing you with the practice necessary to master these skills. It is our recommendation that you practice each strategy and enlist someone to provide you feedback on the skills your are practicing. This will provide you the most benefit and ensure that you do not just learn about leadership, but that you actually transform into a leader in behavior analysis.