The focus of management is on looking outwards: on actions and on getting things done. Managers focus on what their people are doing today, the problems that might arise tomorrow, and on implementing the agreed plan. But leadership is different. Leadership is about making choices — and that starts from within.
The first step of leadership is both deceptively simple and incredibly important: it lays the foundation for everything else that follows. The first step of leadership is the ability to bring yourself back to a state of calm inner balance and then connect strongly with who you are and what is most important to you. Only then can you take in information and decide what action to take.
The more strongly you are able to build this foundation, the better you will be able to lead yourself and others through a wider range of situations.
Like the roots of a tree, the ability to centre and ground is what keeps us upright when storms are raging. And when times are calm, the depth of our roots determines how far we are able to spread the branches of our leadership out into larger new challenges and roles. For this reason, it is worth spending the time to build our foundations deep and wide.
The first chapter of Inner Leadership contains tools and techniques for strengthening our abilities to centre, ground, and connect deeply with what matters most to us. It is the only chapter that recommends a daily practice for continual improvement.
All our leadership is built on this foundation.
How quickly are you able to return to a state of calm inner balance in any situation and to connect strongly with what matters most to you? Would you like to strengthen your abilities in this area?
Adapted from Inner Leadership. Buy the Book