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What Do Leaders Of The Future Need To Be? Courageous + Authentic Storytellers

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Pointing out that leaders and the practice of developing leaders are not immune to the “extraordinary transformational forces” familiar to us all, [...] “some of the leadership capabilities we hold dear are beginning to be swept away and in their place are emerging new ideas about what leadership can and should be”. 


Via Karen Dietz
S'Marie Young, CPCC's insight:

This article highlights some of the qualities successful leaders of the present and future must cultivate, such as courage, resiliency, permeability and transparency. These qualities create a powerful presence, one that people can trust.


Presence is knowing yourself, your values, passions and goals, and being able to communicate them authentically. Presence is also being empathetic to the aspirations of others.

 

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, August 21, 2014 2:31 PM

Leadership is not easy and certainly not for the faint of heart. It takes guts and courage. Why? Because being authentic takes guts and courage. And leadership is not easy because of the multiple stakeholders, followers, and power brokers with competing agendas that leaders get to dance with.


I like the points made in this article -- that authentic storytelling is critical for a leader's effectiveness. And that it also can help in connecting and working with different audiences while becoming a force for good in the world.


The author being interviewed in this post shares some terrific insights into what authentic storytelling is all about -- along with making the case for how leadership needs to radically change today.


No matter where you are in your career, or the organization you are a part of, the advice here will serve you.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Selena Prior's curator insight, August 21, 2014 10:44 PM

This is a really compelling article that challenged me to reflect on the challenges of leadership.

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 22, 2014 3:25 AM

It's a very intersting topic and mostly I undersign it... though it's culture-dependent too... the context, the connotation you might have by reading e.g. this title... that  might  count too...  coming from a region where story-telling might be a substitute of lots of things, among other things, lying, or - as one of my cross-cultural researcher friend said once - saying "no", I have some reserves... but even in the Anerican culture, whether the executives of Enron e.g. weren't (surely not authentic but) excellent story-tellers? If you are with me on that... 

 

Of course, the message goes better into the deep with emotions and what is better than the story-telling like emotion-vehicle? of course... but to say that the future leader's main characteristics are courage and story-telling capacity is, I don't know, IMHO, not only simplistic but simply not enough...

 

Starting by the main point what story he/she should so well and authentically tell? What the content is of this famous story? I would start here when drawing this profile... and yes the sellability, the motivation-power, the capacity of  being able to attract the followers, to be able to align their energy are also important but somehow the content of all these has a certain priority in my mind...

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Leaders Need Three Kinds of Focus

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I once worked with a CEO who was paranoid about results, so much so that he never cared for relationships with those who delivered the results. The end results weren’t surprising - the intended results were never delivered because people either stopped caring or moved on. The loss was almost

Via Kevin Watson, Roy Sheneman, PhD, Jenny Ebermann
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" Leading in a complex world is almost like a tight rope walk and leaders cannot afford to have singular focus on either task or relationship. They have to constantly strike a balance between needs of the context, their own needs and the needs of others."

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, January 28, 2016 3:23 PM

#Mindful #Leadership

Michelle Becker's curator insight, January 29, 2016 11:39 AM

A short and sweet explanation of how to develop leadership qualities!

Francis Gilbert's curator insight, January 30, 2016 5:02 AM

Not sure I totally agree with this, but nevertheless, it's interesting to consider.

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5 Aspects of Emotional Intelligence Required for Effective Leadership

5 Aspects of Emotional Intelligence Required for Effective Leadership | Presence | Scoop.it
The ability to control my emotions and actions sets me apart from other men. -- Navy SEAL Creed
S'Marie Young, CPCC's insight:

"Emotional intelligence is widely known to be a key component of effective leadership. The ability to be perceptively in tune with yourself and your emotions, as well as having sound situational awareness can be a powerful tool for leading a team. The act of knowing, understanding, and responding to emotions, overcoming stress in the moment, and being aware of how your words and actions affect others, is described as emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence for leadership can consist of these five attributes: self-awareness, self-management, empathy, relationship management, and effective communication."


Emotional Intelligence is one of the top indicators of success in life, and has a far greater impact than IQ. 

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Secrets of Yoga Teacher Training: Speaking Our Truths

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"In my experience," says Pete, "learning to speak our truths is the hardest and most important part of our training." Of this, I have no doubt....

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This is for anyone wanting to build presence and stand in their truth. The article highlights the work of Lauri Smith, a voice coach I know. Speaking up is about going through our discomfort and ignoring the inner saboteurs--we all have them! 

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Involve Others in Your Personal Evolution

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The best way to change how others perceive you is to recruit their help in your improvement

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"If you want to change anything about yourself, the best time to start is now. Ask yourself, "What am I willing to change now?" just do that. That's more than enough. For now".

Even when we make sometimes dramatic changes to ourselves, other people can't see it. Why? Because they are stuck in their old perception of us.  Bringing others in early for support in the changes we are trying to make solves this problem, according to Marshall Goldsmith. That enables perception to shift gradually along with us. I know I have old friends who still see me as I was years ago, and don't understand why we don't relate anymore. They weren't around me in the intervening years to see that I am a very different person now than I was before. 

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donhornsby's curator insight, September 17, 2014 2:22 PM

(From the article): This is a tough one, because it's a lot harder to change people's perceptions of your behavior than it is to change your behavior. That's because people view you in accordance with their existing stereotype. For example, if you think I'm an arrogant jerk, then everything you do, think, or feel about me, will be filtered through that perception. Within this framework, it's almost impossible for me to be perceived by you as improving, no matter how hard I try.

 

But (and this is the case of "But" being a  good word to use, despite me warning you not to use it in a previous column), your odds of being perceived as getting better greatly improve if you tell people you are going to try to change. Suddenly your efforts are on their radar screens.

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Why Self-Awareness Is the Secret Weapon for Habit Change

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Real habit change comes from taking a candid look at your shortcomings. Or, as Epictetus once said: Self-scrutiny applied with kindness.
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If we aren't aware of something, we can't change it. Self awareness is key to overcoming challenging behaviors and becoming the person you want to be. With self awareness comes the ability to take responsibility, rather than blaming others for things that happen....In the words of Harvard Business Review writer Anthony K. Tjan, “…there is one quality that trumps all, evident in virtually every great entrepreneur, manager, and leader. That quality is self-awareness. The best thing leaders can [do] to improve their effectiveness is to become more aware of what motivates them and their decision-making.” 

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A Relaxed Mind is a Productive Mind - Mindful

A Relaxed Mind is a Productive Mind - Mindful | Presence | Scoop.it
A steady dose of toxic energy from higher-ups will encourage valuable team members to update their résumés rather than their to-do lists.

Via Jenny Ebermann, Roy Sheneman, PhD, Create Wise Leader
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Self-regulation is a key ability of emotional intelligence. People who can manage their emotions well are able to recover more quickly from stress arousal. This means, at the neural level, quieting the amygdala and other stress circuits, which frees up the capacities of the executive centers. Attention becomes nimble and focused again, the mind flexible, the body relaxed. And a state of relaxed alertness is optimal for performance.

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"I am Charlie" | amalgams and enneagram types | a guest blog by Pierre Debeine - The Enneagram in Business

"I am Charlie" | amalgams and enneagram types | a guest blog by Pierre Debeine - The Enneagram in Business | Presence | Scoop.it
 In France, a terrorist attack at the beginning of January 2015 (Charlie Hebdo) created a major emotional shock overtaking France itself, a situation leading to confusion between terrorists and the Muslim part of the population. If the reaction of many
S'Marie Young, CPCC's insight:

"Education, dialogue, and learning to know each other beyond our “groupings” by certain characteristics are effective means for the poison of the Amalgam does spread in the mind of a person or a community. The Enneagram, giving a reading of 9 basic types characteristic of people is a very good tool to combat Amalgams full of stereotypes and prejudice through better recognition of individual differences. In addition, using the Enneagram for awareness, growth, and transformation makes it increasingly hard for people to fall back into unconscious attitudes and behaviors."

 

The Enneagram system delineates nine perspectives of relating to the world, showing where we limit ourselves through habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. It is a wonderful tool for building emotional intelligence. The Charlie incident shows us just how important it is. May we strive to respond from our virtues rather than react with conditioned responses. World peace hinges on it.

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The One Question All Leaders Should Ask Themselves

Too much emotional exposure is often too much to handle in the workplace, but just enough will turn you into an exceptional leader.
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Brene Brown defines vulnerability as a combination of uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure. This also is descriptive of leadership. It takes confidence, grounding and self awareness to be vulnerable. Vulnerability creates  a powerful presence. A strong sense of boundaries is also important. She says to check your motivation before sharing. Is it self serving, or does it contribute to the situation and move it forward?

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What Do Leaders Of The Future Need To Be? Courageous + Authentic Storytellers

What Do Leaders Of The Future Need To Be? Courageous + Authentic Storytellers | Presence | Scoop.it

Pointing out that leaders and the practice of developing leaders are not immune to the “extraordinary transformational forces” familiar to us all, [...] “some of the leadership capabilities we hold dear are beginning to be swept away and in their place are emerging new ideas about what leadership can and should be”. 


Via Karen Dietz
S'Marie Young, CPCC's insight:

This article highlights some of the qualities successful leaders of the present and future must cultivate, such as courage, resiliency, permeability and transparency. These qualities create a powerful presence, one that people can trust.


Presence is knowing yourself, your values, passions and goals, and being able to communicate them authentically. Presence is also being empathetic to the aspirations of others.

 

more...
Karen Dietz's curator insight, August 21, 2014 2:31 PM

Leadership is not easy and certainly not for the faint of heart. It takes guts and courage. Why? Because being authentic takes guts and courage. And leadership is not easy because of the multiple stakeholders, followers, and power brokers with competing agendas that leaders get to dance with.


I like the points made in this article -- that authentic storytelling is critical for a leader's effectiveness. And that it also can help in connecting and working with different audiences while becoming a force for good in the world.


The author being interviewed in this post shares some terrific insights into what authentic storytelling is all about -- along with making the case for how leadership needs to radically change today.


No matter where you are in your career, or the organization you are a part of, the advice here will serve you.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Selena Prior's curator insight, August 21, 2014 10:44 PM

This is a really compelling article that challenged me to reflect on the challenges of leadership.

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 22, 2014 3:25 AM

It's a very intersting topic and mostly I undersign it... though it's culture-dependent too... the context, the connotation you might have by reading e.g. this title... that  might  count too...  coming from a region where story-telling might be a substitute of lots of things, among other things, lying, or - as one of my cross-cultural researcher friend said once - saying "no", I have some reserves... but even in the Anerican culture, whether the executives of Enron e.g. weren't (surely not authentic but) excellent story-tellers? If you are with me on that... 

 

Of course, the message goes better into the deep with emotions and what is better than the story-telling like emotion-vehicle? of course... but to say that the future leader's main characteristics are courage and story-telling capacity is, I don't know, IMHO, not only simplistic but simply not enough...

 

Starting by the main point what story he/she should so well and authentically tell? What the content is of this famous story? I would start here when drawing this profile... and yes the sellability, the motivation-power, the capacity of  being able to attract the followers, to be able to align their energy are also important but somehow the content of all these has a certain priority in my mind...

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Daily Meditation: Kindness

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We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today's meditation features a talk by meditation t...
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Sharon Salzberg speaks about reviving the virtue of kindness from its often degraded secondary position. As we redefine strength, we can practice virtues like kindness and loving compassion without feeling like a doormat. 

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