Yersterday at a conference I heard the following defintion of leadership: "The ability to communicate a compelling state of affairs in a way that produces followers." i.e. Cast a vision that people are excited about, believe in, want to get on board with, help make happen, etc.
The other definition I was challenged by was the definition of a "stronghold.": "A mindset, value system or thought process that hinders your growth."
This is an interesting article about leadership and what the author contends get in the way of a leaders setting vision.
Our goal in our Vistage groups should be, is supposed to be an environment where our answers get questioned. Where we remove stumbling blocks, blinders, and strongholds. We can't cast a compelling vision until we can see it ourselves. Think about it.
It's safe to say most people are addicted to meetings. It doesn't quite make sense, especially from a boss's perspective. Meetings are expensive. The hours your employees spend in meetings are hours when they're not working.
"Why FIRST: Communication and the Golden Circle: Why, How, What? Inspire where others do not. Profit is JUST a result NOT a reason for existing."
Simon's examples include Apple (why so innovative?), Martin Luther King (lead major change, Civil Rights movement), and the Wright brothers (controlled powered manned flight that others did not achieve, tho' were working on.)
"The goal is to do business with people who believe what YOU believe." ~ Simon Sinek
Apple: NOT, What we do, great computers. Want to buy one?
RATHER: Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is making products that are beautifully designed, simple to use & user friendly. We happen to make computers. Want to buy one?
Counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.
http://www.ted.com Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?"
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Courageous leadership. You hear that term a lot these days. It is a call to commit and act; to make hard choices and take risks; and to do what’s unpopular and right. Language can be a funny thing though.