We want something that’s going to inspire – you know something on leadership that’s going to hit them, jolt them and make them sit up. They don’t need any of this soft self or team building stuff – they can get that anywhere. This is big and gutsy get-up big leader talk we’re after.
And you have been told! Or I should say I had been – so went the briefing for some work with a potential client. It makes you think, well it did me.
So do people like me and the team at the Centre for Innovative Leadership need to refocus sometimes. Do we need maybe to tell more about being a big leader – some good theories on leader types – charismatic, command etc. After all why pay for someone to have you learn about yourself. As my client said – they can get that anywhere.
I have been doing some work recently with the fantastic Mr Fox (sorry that just slipped out – that was a funny movie and strange how word associations can derail me – been on a train lately?), no I mean Vikram Murthy on leadership and problem solving. I give him credit for helping me to clarify the above situation for me. Thanks Vikram.
For some people emotional intelligence is one of those yeah yeah things, but actually it’s not. It’s real and provable. Just like the universe (I’ll look at this later and wonder, but I’ve only had juice tonight honestly).
Back to leadership: that might be about team, about relationships, about change, about vision, about problem solving, about using energy and emotion and you can think of a few more things too I’m sure. But there’s a good start, or is it?
It’s the end. The end result of something much more complex from a journey of discovery – self awareness, then self management, then social awareness and then you’ll get to leadership.
So you’re the leader now: Are you starting with self? Of do you reckon you can cut all that stuff out and start with the leader duties? Watch out! Especially if you’re the big and gutsy out-there leader. Is that real? Or are you faking it? You might not realise it but the team will notice it.
Really Mr Fox, what is that suit all about – you’re a fox for god’s sake! Get real! The dogs can tell.