"People are changed, not by coercion or intimidation, but by example."
- John Maxwell
"One test of Leadership... Turn around and see if anyone is following you."
"Being in Power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are... you aren't."
- Margaret Thatcher
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"Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people."
- Brian Tracy
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"Leaders who shine have insight," say
authors Mackoff and Wenet in The Inner Work of Leaders, "to
examine their own lives - the influence of their families, the
guidance of teachers, and the force of momentous events - and
translate that information into 'habits of mind' for persevering
in the face of obstacles and instilling commitment and confidence
Here are the 'habits of mind' of good leaders.
1. The capacity
to examine and appraise their own behavior; reflection.
capacity to examine and appraise the impact of their behavior
3. The strategy
of interpreting negative events with a resilient inner narrative.
strategy of interpreting negative events with
a resilient response.
5. The practice
of setting aside assumptions and reversing roles.
capacity to be able to learn from every person in the organization.
ability to trust, value and speak from their own experience.
craft of counterpoint; that is, restoring perspective and renewing
ability to mobilize their own legacy as a leader.
Doing the inner work.
Everyone leads a team of one first! Only when you do this inner
work and understand the people and experiences that have influenced
you, can you develop a point of view for leading and inspiring
About the Submitter
was originally submitted by Susan Dunn, M.A., Clinical Psychology,
Momentum Coaching, who can be visited on the web at www.susandunn.cc.
Susan Dunn wants you to know: I'm a personal life coach and
like to help my clients succeed by developing their EQ and doing
the inner work. The original source is: Mackoff and Wenet, The
Inner Work of Leader
often reveals the character and capability of leadership qualities.
How is your team in a crisis?
the people you least expect will shine in a crisis. We are all
aware of some of the leadership that evolved through 9/11.
During the power failure that affected the north eastern seaboard
in Canada and the US in summer 2003, it was interesting to observe leadership
in action. When the power was cut, I became concerned when
I could not reach our caregiver with our children (2 and
3 yrs old). Upon assessing the situation, I decided to leave my
office and was immersed in the chaos of busy city streets without
traffic lights. During my drive home I, like many others, witnessed
several civilians jumping in to direct traffic at very busy intersections.
Some in heels, some in suits, some in shorts and running
shoes. As drivers followed the lead taken by these quick thinking
citizens, danger and accidents were minimized. Upon my arrival
home I located our children and nanny with other kids in
the neighborhood. We ended up with 12 guests on our back deck
with our Bar-B-Q for an impromptu dinner, where people brought
food and beverages to be shared. As the sun set, neighbors
gathered to help each other. While we chipped in to ensure the
6 children were fed, others went searching for candles and flashlights.
Some people went knocking on the doors of senior citizens in the
neighborhood to see if they were ok. I could go on an on about
the things I observed the following day. The point?
people always take initiative to lead. Others are comfortable
following (serving) them quietly from the shadows, and contributing
in other ways.
Many organizations are sitting on enormous amounts of talent.
the absence of a crisis or opportunity you may never be
fully aware of their God-given potential. They are often
the types that will lead as a service to others when needed.
As an effective manager, leader, or coach, your role is to also
develop other leaders in your organization. If you are always
in front as a leader, it is imperative that you share the leadership
"hat" at appropriate moments and coach others in decision
making/leading . Don't wait for a crisis to learn about the talent
on your team -- begin developing them and coaching them to shine
before and during the crisis. Often the legacy you leave as a
leader will be largely determined by two factors: Your ability
to develop other leaders, and the character you displayed in crisis.
What two actions do you need to take right now to be more effective
in Leading/Coaching/Managing others ?
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