Those of us who have been in leadership for a while know that the world is changing, and yesterday’s leadership will not work today. Old leadership worked mostly by knowing and telling. Leaders in the past have been trained (whether by example or experience) to work at leadership roles, seeking to advance in some way. They see leadership from the paradigm that leadership responsibility, and the accompanying authority, is a reward for diligence and faithfulness. This is positional leadership.
Today's leadership is different. Todays leadership is solely about influence, and influence grows in the dirt of relationship! Relational leadership is a foreign language for positional leaders. Position is hierarchical, and leads to comparison (a subject for another post) and competition. Often positional leadership can be achieved by changing to become like another successful leader. Relational leadership is different because you can only cultivate relational influence from a true understanding of yourself. Then you have the potential to build influence through authenticity.
Incidentally, this gives rise to a new definition of leadership: a leader is someone who finds they are being followed. They may or may not have a title or an office, but others follow them.
January is a time when many of us invest time and energy in new initiatives and new projects.
May I suggest you start with a thorough self-evaluation?
Discover why you think, feel, and act the way you do.
Clarity cultivates authenticity.
You will be able to be more relational and less positional.
Authenticity will influence those who follow you.
You can invite those you lead to follow the same path.
As each one gains clarity, and grows in authenticity, your team will grow in leadership, influence, and impact.
How can I help?