Winning Leadership

Responsibility

 

Our lives work to the extent we take responsibility for our circumstances.

Werner Erhard

 

The first step in inspired leadership is taking responsibility for where you are now as a leader.  This is the true meaning of ‘the buck stops here’. It is not a judgement of good or bad, more an empowering place to stand, from where increased choices are available.  It is the most healthy place for a leader to start from and provides the power to respond in a way that is driven by commitment and intention.  This inspires others.

 

 

Possibility

Heroes are ordinary men and women who dare to see and meet the call of a possibility bigger than themselves. Breakthroughs are created by such heroes, by men and women who will stand for the result while it is only a possibility – people who will act to make possibility real.

Werner Erhard

 

All humans strive for something better,  and it is that hope in a better future that motivates us to strive and achieve more.  Without possibility thinking, how do you know what is possible? Leaders inspire by creating possibilities for those around them.  What could be possible?  Not necessarily what will happen. Possibility thinking is about leading a conversation about what new reality the team can achieve.  It creates energy, inspiration and guides action.

 

Courage

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

Nelson Mandela

 

Once leaders have formed clear possibilities, it can take courage to step out there and make them happen.  Enrolling others and igniting their passion and commitment is essential.  This takes courage because the leader has to ‘stand on the pitch’, sometimes alone, and beckon others to join them.  This is risky as people will only proactively join them if the leader is strongly commitment to the possibility of the outcome. Ultimately, leaders need to pursue leadership with less hubris, impatience and intolerance to risk.