Exploring what Leadership IS

FILED IN Leadership development ON June 15th, 2012 - NO COMMENTS

We are going to explore what Leadership is, the challenges leaders face, and provide practical tips on how to make change, find and unleash the true potential of your people and get better results, faster.

Redefining how you think about leadership, and then taking new action, can be one of the most significant things you can do to transform your organisation.

What is leadership?

Leadership is not about position or power. Leadership is a state of Being. You can BE a leader in anything you do; and in many organisations today, faced with Matrix reporting structures, flatter hierarchies and Virtual Teams, people often have to lead others in an environment where they do not have any traditional authority.

As we move through this series we will look at the scientific basis of so-called “soft skills” and maybe offer a different understanding of how things work.

Relating to others

In a recent book, Leadership and Self Deception, the authors took a position that the root of all things going wrong in organisations has its root in how YOU, regardless of who you are, see and relate to others.

An interesting dilemma in life is that you cannot change anyone, except yourself. Yet when you change yourself, others change.

The answer to this lies in Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion. Law 3 states (in simple terms) that action and reaction are equal and opposite.

So when you change yourself, others must react differently to the way you are being.

In Leadership & Self Deception it is posited that we react to the way we see others. We validate ourselves and our beliefs by behaving in accordance with how we see them. This in itself perpetuates their behaviour. So in relation to us, we inhibit any change in them.

Newton’s 1st law of motion

Newton’s 1st law of motion says, “things keep doing what they are doing”. As Einstein put it “keep doing the same thing the same way, and expecting a different result; that’s the definition of stupidity.”

So if you can only change yourself, and you want things around you to be different, what do you need to change about you? What are the assumptions, judgments and beliefs you hold about those around you?

Ask yourself: “What if, I am wrong?”

How would things be then?

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