“Leadership is only a lonely role if we fail to inspire others to join us on the journey to success.” #bgdtcoaching.
Many books have been written regarding leadership and success. Three of my favourites are: The Leader’s Way by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Laurens Van Den Muyzenberg, Winning! by Clive Woodward and Focus: the hidden driver of excellence by Daniel Goleman.
That said, leadership can be viewed from numerous other perspectives, so right now let’s look at three of these.
– Leading from the front
This is a form of leadership in which our actions inspire and encourage others to give their best. Such leading by example is, of course, contrary to the old idea that maybe had as its motto “Do as I say, not as I do”.
– Leading from the back
This, in the sense referred to here, relates to the notion of empowering others to be themselves in order to achieve shared objectives. We may guide them, yet the actions are theirs. This hands-off approach to leadership functions to the extent we are able to step away from wanting to control everything and trust others to get things done successfully using their skills and abilities.
– Leading as we would like to be led
This kind of leadership is a heartfelt strategy, one with the potential to produce extraordinary results for all. If a situation is to our liking why not extend it to others? From the other side of the coin, why should we impose a type of behaviour on others we ourselves find unacceptable?
Three leadership strategies, hopefully giving us something to think about as we end this year.
Thanks for connecting here today and Happy 2015.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).