A belated July 2014 newsletter
Well partly it’s them and partly it’s you!
Now what we need is some really complex models to help become even more confused and unable to do something.
Yes I know I here you cry some really helpful and they make complex things simple well complex thing aren’t simple they are complex for a good reason lots of factors influence them. However complexity is to be embraced and worked on so it becomes clearer and easier to work with.
Having had the opportunity, time and drive to read a whole host of leadership books over a number of years to become more aware see what’s out there and become enlightened I was becoming dimmer by the book.
Many of the books I enjoyed at the time and will probably read some more in the future as learning is a wonderful thing.
So how to create your own model of the leadership world first decide how many squares and or triangles you want in it to represent the parts of the organisation and or people in it. Then classify them by some name, animals are good especially primates its taken us years to evolve so what not go back there.
Next ensure that they link up in some way, so you can show the benefits of good and bad team types.
Now assign some colours to each part red for dysfunctional one and green and blue for ones that are working well.
There you go, your own model of leadership
To get the very best from someone take a moment to think like them, be like them and inhabit their view of the world.
Be as clear with them as you can help them to succeed and show them what is required needed wanted desired.
Stand back and then get on with something you should be doing for yourself.
When leading be your self being at your best show do this by using your eyes, ears and voice in a way that the your true meaning is communicated, so the ten commandments when leading are (well not really commandment but what gets the followers to follow and team to get along).
1) See clearly when you look for direction and meaning
2) Hear correctly when you listen to others
3) Think clearly when you speak, then speak with passion and purpose
4) Inquire critically when you doubt others and yourself
5) Show respect when you challenge others
6) Maintain calm when you are challenged by others
7) Consider consequences of the actions when you decide
8) Create desirable outcomes when you work
9) Do what is right when you act at the right time., appropriately
10) Know when to give credit and when to step aside
Some contrasting thoughts by the great and the good
“Leadership is getting ordinary people to do extraordinary things: and there’s a hell of a difference between the two.” Sir John Harvey-Jones.
“A leader shapes and shares a vision, which gives point to the work of others” Charles Handy.
“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked it’s defined by results not attributes” Peter Drucker.
“Self-awareness is central to being a successful leader” Kouzes & Posner “The Future of Leadership”.
And in a wider sense “You are only a thought away from feeling differently” Nick Kemp.
So keep learning, keep leading, keep discovering the things that get in the way and keep searching for the right questions to overcome them.
As a fellow questioner I would be delighted to help you uncover your own unique leadership way.