Posts Tagged ‘Organisations’

What Kind Of Leader Are You?

November 30, 2008

The whole topic of leadership’s been pre-occupying me for some time now… leadership of self and others. And there’s as many definitions of leadership as there are people to write them.

One of my favourites is from Alan Keith, a former corporate finance director at the pharmaceutical firm, Genentech, who said “Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen.”

And how do you do that? In an article to be published in the winter edition of Rapport Magazine (www.anlp.org) I suggest leaders need to have more ‘joined-up being’ to include their heart centred and soul-full aspects as well as traditionally thought of feminine approaches and qualities as well as masculine ones.

A tall order? I don’t think so!

Enabling people to contribute, enabling people to make something extra-ordinary happen demands that leaders grow themselves. It demands they be inspiring and motivating role models for humanity in the 21st century.

And each one of us is a leader however small our circle of influence. So what’s it going to be? What are you going to do to become such a leader? How are you going to do that? When are you going to do that? And where?

No excuses!

And if you think I’m being unreasonable in my demands on you… surely, not little ole me?… I’m delighted. I’m totally fed up being ‘reasonable’ by tolerating less in myself and so in others. I know what I’m doing about becoming the kind of leader I want to be led by…

WHAT ABOUT YOU?!

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Leave Your Heart At Home

September 1, 2008

This is a crazy world! Sometimes working with women I get told they’re told there’s no place for emotions aka ‘feelings’ at work.

Correction! It’s OK for some people to get frustrated at work, angry at work… even to take out their frustrations on other people at work. And, in some circumstances, but not all, it’s OK to crack a joke at work or ‘yer ‘avin’ a larrf’ as a friend of mine would say.

It’s NOT OK to bring empathy, compassion, tenderness or gentleness to work. Oh no! Not in the cut and thrust of global empires, the distorted use of politics and mental machinations.

Yet it’s those very ‘heart-felt’ emotions that we need in the aridness of the organisational world today. People need to count. People need to be valued. People need to be appreciated. People need to be considered. Then they’ll give of their very best because they’ve been treated as they deserve… the very best.

So… how can you bring some heart-felt emotion into your world of work today???