How are you looking at
your life, leadership and business – and all that is in your world?
There is the
world and there is the world as you perceive it, and the perspective – your
point of view – you associate with it. You are not in control of the
world. You are in control of your perspective, which
creates your world. And so, you are in control of your
Your world encompasses
you and everyone in your circle. Further, as a leader, your circle creates many
circles with many people touched by the ripple resulting from your actions and
How you show up, and
what you say and do, are driven by your perspective. You create a context, at
work and in every place you lead …
Leaders, you can’t change a person but you can change the context you create at work and in every place you lead.
… You can choose to
change your perspective.
First, pause and be
aware of what triggers the perspective you have and test looking at this
another way – whatever way best serves you and others. (My time for pausing, as
you can see in the header of this article, is a long walk around a beautiful
lake. I’m lucky — Even during this stay-at-home time I can walk with an easy
social distancing. The picture was taken with my cell phone on a walk just a
Perspective is a choice.
The meaning you attach
to any situation, statement, event, moment… is entirely your own
construction. Own it!
Be aware of how your
perspective – your point of view and how you communicate it – affects you, and
others. It is entirely up to you. Choose wisely.
For teams to execute strategy brilliantly, a leader must be clear. Clear about the vision (the direction). Clear about the strategy (the way to move closer toward the vision) in a way that each person can understand the role they play to brilliantly execute that strategy. Clear about the purpose (why the company exists) and how the strategy aligns with this purpose.
One leader who inspired others, and connected to them with his communication in an actionable way, was Steve Jobs former CEO of Apple.
Input about how to BE as a “Leader” is plentiful. There are also books on management, which is part of the issue in our lack of leadership, which I’ll discuss briefly later.
Should you be more competitive and guided by The 48 Laws of Power or should you be more empathetic and guided by Emotional Intelligence? Answer? Be aware of both and be authentic to who you really are and why you are on this earth doing what you do. This is about balance.
First, envision how you want to BE, as a leader. Then, become aware of how you are BEING now (you’ll need to search inside and ask others whom you trust). And then, determine your best next steps to Pivot from the you right now to the you that you intend to be.
Here is one scenario to help you get clear about how a possible imbalance of your own masculine and feminine traits may be holding you back from being a great leader, or from meeting the expectations of a work role. I encourage you to collaborate with trusted others to understand how you are BEING so that you can then determine how you might change. Continue reading “Leadership today: Balance masculine and feminine traits”
As a leader, you are positioned to orchestrate change. You may have teams already working together in a nimble way, and a way in which change comes naturally. Bridge these styles (and often unique languages) together, and you will find that leading – and orchestrating change – throughout the organization comes more naturally.
Familiar with Lean? You will recognize the phrase “working together.”
Or with Agile? You will recognize “collaboration.”
Top leadership? You will recognize those phrases and “strategic alignment.”
(When there is alignment and engagement and empowerment, you’ve reached a state of Aligned Momentum)
It is only in the state of Aligned Momentum that performance breakthroughs are possible.
It’s up to you, the leader, to ensure that all players come together to make one enchanting sound. Make communication and clarity a top priority.
Those of you who know me or are getting to know me… understand that I am all about business vibrancy. In my terms, that translates to a nimble organization, continuously building its business value, and a great place to work. An organization with these traits has what I call “Aligned Momentum,” which I show in the visual above this post and write about in my book (you can find an excerpt here).
A critical part of a leader’s role is to build others up. Great leaders are highly skilled at this. Good leaders sometimes give up because they are not yet skilled in communicating in a way that empowers and inspires others. This is a skill worth developing.
“You cannot change a person, but you can change their context.”
You can create a safe place in which you and others become aware of how you each see the world. You can adjust how you communicate so that there is understanding of what you say, in the way you intended it, and that you care.
My intention is to speak to leaders, developing leaders and those who support leaders. My intention in sharing this video is not political (given our country’s turmoil from miscommunications and hate, I need to make clear that I am not speaking directly to this). Please watch and listen to JFK in the video below, perhaps more than once, and consider how your own communications might combine power and caring, as he does:
“Why is it so hard to find an excellent employee?”
That was the subject of a recent discussion in a leadership group on Linkedin. Responses (over one thousand to date!) can be grouped into four main themes:
1. that it is indeed nearly impossible to find an excellent person to hire;
2. that there are many excellent people, but they are in the wrong jobs;
3. that the right person may be out of work and not getting noticed; or
4. that employers are so far below excellence that no individual could be excellent in their employ.