We know we need a new approach to leadership to get us through this time of change. But what does that look like? What do we mean by ‘leadership‘?
The essence of great leadership, we believe, is about delivering just two things: inspiration and results.
The best leaders are the ones who inspire us the most. The best leaders are also the ones who deliver the best results. The truly great leaders are the ones who somehow manage to combine both inspiration and results.
So where do we begin?
At first glance it might seem to make sense to start with finding new ways to deliver results. After all, we urgently need to address the issues and crises we face, and only after we have done that will we really have time for all this ‘inspiration’ and ‘emotion’ stuff.
But there will always be another crisis. And crisis creates stress, which means that people don’t see the situation clearly, then stress each other out even more, and take poor decisions, which they then implement badly. The crisis doesn’t get resolved, and the churning deepens, or at best gets “kicked down the road.”
But if, instead, we start by finding new forms of leadership for creating inspiration and emotional engagement then we will learn to see our situations more calmly and more clearly. We will become more certain of what we want to create and more able to articulate that in a way that inspires us to want to make it happen. Then, when we come to implementation, we will be more focused and more enthusiastic. We will be more efficient, effective, and adaptable to changing circumstances. This will create results that last.
Creating results is “outer leadership.” Creating inspiration is “inner leadership.” And no matter what results we want to achieve, we can’t expect to lead others if we can’t first lead ourselves. We have to start with inner leadership.
Or, think about it this way: if you’re on a plane and the oxygen masks drop down, 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 to put your oxygen mask in place, creating emotional engagement and inspiration in yourself. Then you will be ready to help others do the same.
Once you can do that, then you can move forward together to create whatever results you want, inspired by the vision you have created, and secure in the knowledge that you can face any challenge that arises.
This is Inner Leadership.
Adapted from Inner Leadership. Buy the Book