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“Vision” (like the word “values”) has lost its shine in the last 20 years and these days many people see vision statements as waffle, bulls**t and a waste of time. Others confuse vision with mission. Either way, the idea of having a vision statement to guide your action blueprint and raise motivation is one that’s often aired, but it’s rarely discussed convincingly in my experience.
So I’m offering these thoughts after 12 years of coaching individual leaders and groups of executives. They come in four parts, which I’ll publish over the next four days.
Part 1 is “Typical Problems with Vision”. Part 2 is “Why You Need a Vision”. Part 3 Is “Profile of an Effective Vision” and part 4 is “The Difference between Mission and Vision.” This series starts with part 1: Typical Problems with Vision. Continue reading →
Several readers of The Three Levels of Leadership have written to ask: what do you think about strengths-based leadership? So I thought this would be a good subject for the blog, but before answering this question, it’s worth summarising the key ideas of strengths-based leadership. They are as follows: Continue reading →
After The Three Levels of Leadership came out in 2011, readers followed up with questions on leadership, leadership psychology and self-mastery – all of them interesting. So interesting, in fact, that I’m releasing my answers here as they supplement the “Three Levels” material and others may find them useful. Here’s the fifteenth in the series. I’ll post the others over the coming months…
Q15. What exactly is self-mastery in the context of leadership and what makes it game-changing and beneficial for leaders? [This was asked by Joe Scherrer of the Leadership Crucible in the course of an interview in October 2013 for his website.]
“Well, self-mastery, in essence, is inside-out-based change… change from the inside out … where you become aware of what’s happening in your mind and gradually take command of it. This allows you to express your highest potential…not just for your benefit, but in the service of others. Continue reading →
Lao Tzu, the Chinese sage (not the bloke who wrote The Art of War – that was Sun Tzu), said this about self-mastery: “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”
I agree. In my book, The Three Levels of Leadership, I talk about self-mastery as the key to taking command of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour in the service of others as a leader, especially when you’re under pressure. I believe it’s the essential discipline of the third level of leadership that I call “personal leadership”. Continue reading →
After The Three Levels of Leadership came out in 2011, readers followed up with questions on leadership, leadership psychology and self-mastery – all of them interesting. So interesting, in fact, that I’m releasing my answers here as they supplement the “Three Levels” material and others may find them useful. Here’s the fourteenth in the series. I’ll post the others over the coming months…
Q14. Where did my False Self beliefs come from, especially my negative self-image ?
“In a sense it doesn’t matter where they came from. What only matters is that you have a False Self self-image.
I say that not to dismiss the importance of the question, but to focus you on the practical challenge before you. You see, it’s interesting to understand the origins of your False Self beliefs, but it won’t necessarily help you move beyond them, to let them go. Continue reading →
In my book, The Three Levels of Leadership, I’ve written about “leadership presence”. In chapter 5, I described the seven qualities of presence, the first being Personal Power.
Personal power is control over your mind. It recognises that although we can’t always control outer events – including others’ behaviour towards us – we can always choose our response to those events. Thus, it’s power over oneself; it’s not a drive to gain power over other people. It doesn’t spring from a need to gain the status, prestige or visibility that power over others brings or an urge to impose your viewpoint through force.
The importance of personal power is this: if you can’t direct and lead yourself, you’ll find it hard to direct others because they’ll sense your lack of inner command. Thus, personal power (as opposed to the power that impressive job titles offer) is crucial to anyone wanting to be a successful leader.
Why am I writing about this now? Continue reading →
Last year, I was coaching the President of a large European business. The subject of “accountability” arose. She remarked that, “Shared accountability is no accountability.”
In my CEO days, I would have agreed with her. Like most corporate men, I assumed that one person in the team must hold accountability for results on behalf of the business. Eleven years on, I hold a different view. Continue reading →