Welcome to another Mindful Monday. Mindful Monday is an opportunity for Consultant Proficiency Resources (CPR) to showcase additional characteristics of a leader that can be adopted for transformation into a Moral leader. Today, we consider the term leading effortlessly or with resilience. Before diving in today's information, let's consider a quote by Warren Bennis. The late Mr. Bennis was an American scholar, organizational consultant and author, widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of Leadership studies. According to Mr. Bennis “one person can live on a desert island without leadership. Two people, if they are totally compatible, could probably get along and even progress. If there are three are more, someone has to take lead. Otherwise, chaos erupts.” Mr. Bennis also stated, “Becoming a leader, is synonymous with becoming yourself.” So how does Resilient leadership and becoming yourself to lead effectively are connected? Let's dive in.
Resilient leadership or leading effortlessly is a situation where one's ability acquired far exceeds the skill required to handle a mission. Stephen R Covey author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People maintained, "there are principles that govern human effectiveness – natural laws in the human dimension that are just as real, just as unchanging and unarguably “ there.” Mr. Covey further noted that “Principles are guidelines for human conduct and are proven to have enduring permanent value. They are fundamental. They are essentially unarguable because they are self-evident.” One of the natural principles is The law of giving that dictates when you give unconditionally (without any expectations of return); it comes back much fold. Alastair Kidd offered Six Effortless Leadership Capacities (2018):
Clarity-lends to the direction including 4Ws and the h
Connection-engaging internal and external stakeholders
Cohesion-brings the parts together-it's the glue
Communication-the oxygen by which the organization thrives
Competence-represents the skills and abilities to be successful
Bottomline line, effortless leaders are clear about what they intend to create or cause or achieve in their organizations and have a deep understanding of how they need to be, what they need to do, and what they already have in order to get there effortlessly. They hold their intention and build the path toward their goal, effortless leaders see and understand how things are interconnected. They are curious about all the pieces of the whole, and not just what they can see, requires these leaders to understand others’ perspectives on those pieces (and on the whole). They also construct an integrated model in their head of how everything works and how everything is related. That ability often comes with experience, but, even with experience, some leaders still don’t see how everything relates in their world.
So, what is the link between resilience leadership and becoming yourself? To be resilient you must know the true you. Building self-awareness through self-reflection can be achieved through a deep dive in Theory U concept devised by Mr. Otto Scharmer. The concept of Theory U commences with understanding the shape that is applied to travel or self-reflect. Starting with the right side of the U, you must download the old U for the new U to emerge eliminating all blind spots in the process free from judgment. Theory U helps leaders act based on the future, not the past, and allows them to create organizational change at a global level through creative and agile methodologies.
As a small business leader or entrepreneur, Theory U is typically applied to more complex organizations, however; understanding the concept of becoming yourself in the most organic state, is key to resilience leadership. The More You Know, the More You Grow!