For very long, leadership has been defined in a certain way. A charismatic yet distant presence that wields authority and power. However, in today’s world, leaders like Jacinda Ardern for example, point to the fact that a new model of leadership is emerging. One that is based on a very different set of principles.
Simon Sinek’s book The Infinite Game, addresses the need for businesses to shift perspective from a finite mindset, where one plays purely to win, to an infinite mindset, which opens up several new possibilities.
Unlearning plays a big role in life, especially while learning new skills or changing careers. In this piece, the author talks about three key skills he needed to acquire to become a good coach – the power of listening in, the value of great questions and the importance of focusing only on the positive. That however, involved unlearning what corporate life had instilled over the last decade or so.
Which is more persuasive – a confident, assertive pitch or an unassuming question? Counter-intuitively, questions have the power to be more persuasive – in selling, negotiation and leadership. Coaching too leverages the power of questions to create the space to find one’s answers and create conviction in them.
There is magic waiting to happen when we can truly be ourselves at work. But is it always possible? Does authenticity jeopardise success?
Purpose can play a powerful performance-enhancing role for individuals, and for organisations. This is supported by neuroscience, and by research on company performance. Yet, there is distance to go.
If we have to live our full brilliance as leaders, we have to learn to fight our fears. To know them, to see them, and then to cast them aside and forge on. So how can we do that? These are some ways that have worked powerfully for our clients.
This weekend, I heard Sal Khan (founder, Khan Academy) at a virtual conference about the future of education. I was inspired by his continued belief in what he calls ‘delusional dreams’. This is what I learned.
I have learned that leadership is not defined by roles and designations. It is not about traits, but about actions. And it’s a journey, not a destination…
Whether you are inventing at work, or reinventing yourself, reach out to those least like you, and perhaps you will find your breakthrough. There are numerous examples across disciplines that demonstrate the role of diversity in creativity.