My leadership development principles
Leadership is any act of enabling others to utilise their potential fully and live better lives. Leadership is a choice that you can make any moment.
Leadership is tough, as it is about taking risks and challenging beliefs and status quo. To enable people to take full responsibility of their circumstances, you sometimes need to disturb and disappoint them at a degree they can accept.
Leadership is a healthy blend of toughness and kindness, and a sense playfulness.
Every problem is a new possibility in waiting. The potential for new ideas is limitless and problems can be seen as just one more way of guiding your thinking in new directions.
Our words influence how we live and how we see the world around us. ‘Brute facts’ exist, and complexity and uncertainty are real features of the world around us. However, objects and words are not 'fixed'; they can carry different meanings. The words we say create our beliefs and values. Our beliefs and values create our habits. Our habits make us who we are, and determine whether we thrive or not.
Organisations are 'processes of human relating'. Human relations are always simultaneously cooperative and competitive, consensual and conflictual. Making relations constructive is key to success, and we are all responsible for what happens to us.
Constructive conflict is a good thing, it can clear the air and bring awareness to things previously left unspoken. Any reservations the group are holding about a course of action are better brought out into the open than contained and left to fester.
We learn from others, from action and from reflection. By helping people being curious, playful, and receptive, we create conditions for innovation.