To take us through this time of change we need a new approach to leadership.
To find it we have to ask, what do we mean by Leadership?
The Churning says the essence of great leadership comes down to just two things, inspiration and results:
- The best leaders are the ones who get results
- The best leaders are the ones who most inspire us
- The truly great leaders are the ones who somehow manage to combine both inspiration and results
If we want to find a new approach to leadership in times of change we need to find new ways of delivering inspiration and results — explicitly designed for times of change.
Where should we begin?
At first glance it might seem like results are the best place to start. After all, there are so many urgent issues and crises we need to address that we don’t really have time to step back and think about ‘inspiration’.
But there will always be another crisis. And crisis creates stress. And stressed-out people don’t see the situation clearly, which leads to poor decisions, which then get implemented badly, and the situation isn’t resolved, so the churning gets worse — both our inner emotional churning and the outer churning in the world.
So, what if we focus instead on finding new ways to create inspiration and emotional engagement during times of change?
Then five things will happen:
- we will learn to see our situations more calmly and more clearly
- we will learn to find more inspiring options to move forward
- we will become more sure about the outcomes we most want to create, and,
- we will talk about them in ways that inspire us to want to make them happen.
Then when we come to implementation, we will be more focused and enthusiastic, more efficient, effective, and adaptable to changing circumstances. And that will bring results that last.
Creating inspiration in a time of change is ‘Inner Leadership’. And we have to start by learning to lead ourselves.
After all, when you’re on a plane, every single pre-flight safety check tells you exactly the same thing:
“Put on your own oxygen mask first, secure it, and breathe normally before helping others with theirs.”
This book, Inner Leadership, will give you the tools you need to put your own ‘oxygen mask’ in place — bringing calmness, clarity, more options to move forward, and more inspiration to implement them. Then you will be ready to do the same for others.
And then you will be able move forward to create results together, secure in the knowledge that no matter what happens, you will have the inspiration and emotional engagement necessary to address it.
This is leadership in times of change.
How inspired do you feel with your life at the moment? What are the problems you face? If you felt more inspired, would that help you address those problems faster and get you to better results sooner?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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