Leadership in Balance is different, relevant, rings true and adds something of value to the conversation about leadership…it speaks to those charged with more responsibility than authority…and I’d say that’s all of us.
An Integrated Person: Head↔ Heart ↔Hand The Head (Critical Thinker – Reflective Strategist) The Heart (Inner Feelings -Moral & Ethical – Builder of Trust) Working Together in a Reflective Way to Inform and Animate The Hand (Collaborative Sharer of Power & Authority to Encourage Innovation).
Leaders in balance share 8 Ways of Thinking that pave the way to (inform and animate) their behavior. A leader in balance approaches leadership as a relationship, embodies the brand promise, sets the tone and is motivated by a higher purpose. A leader in balance collaborates to accomplish a shared purpose, spreads power, authority and responsibility, leverages leading by teaching, … Read More
In our 8th Way of Thinking the leader believes that the challenge of leading change in not about leadership in control, but leadership in balance. And so this leader demonstrates strong self-awareness. This leader is balanced in thought and action, mindful and intentional, centered, intuitive and clear minded in response to external pressures. This leader is comfortable with ambiguity and … Read More
The 7th Way of Thinking the leader understands that at the center of collaboration is a personal comfort with valuing the diversity of people, ideas and ways of thinking. This requires a level of cultural competence and a true, personal belief that diversity is an enormously strengthening factor. This leaders allows people to learn, grow and trust by spending time … Read More
Our Way of Thinking #6 is “Believes teaching and leadership have a great deal in common.” The leaders we’ve admired the most over the years have been people who have the capacity to teach by asking provocative questions and by being invitational during conversations, rather than lecturing or “telling” to get their point across. A Leader in Balance understands that putting oneself … Read More
The 5th Way of Thinking is “Thinks outside of the pyramid to share power and spread leadership, authority, and responsibility throughout the organization.” Leaders in balance don’t default to the organizational hierarchy for each decision. Instead, a Leader in Balance is fluid depending on the situation and looks to the network of influence, power and learning to decide the most effective person or people to make decisions. … Read More
The 4th Way of Thinking in our book is “Understands collaboration must have a business purpose.” We often hear the statement that managers should “manage by walking around.” Our clearer version of this suggestion is to manage by walking around with something to say. We believe that collaboration should be pragmatic and that leaders should have a specific business purpose … Read More
Our 3rd Way of Thinking is “motivated by a higher purpose – a mission – and believes that mission drives the numbers”. We believe a leader in balance strives to focus attention away from peoples’ personal interests and onto the organization’s purpose, mission and values. This can lead to long term thinking as opposed to a focus on just the … Read More
Regarding the 1st Way of Thinking in Linda’s last Blog, which unwraps the meaning of leadership as a relationship not a position, I would add that Leaders in Balance are more reflective and intentional. In listening they engender a sense of humility balanced with enormous organizational ego. This takes us to the 2nd Way of Thinking, Leaders in Balance understand that they embody … Read More
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