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Leadership & The Act of Will: Part 4

This is the fourth in a series of five blog articles on the act of will (to return to the first in the series click here).

The act of will is the art of figuring out what to do and getting it done.  All leaders, ultimately, have to get things done and this is why it’s so helpful for them to understand that the act of will is a process with six stages. Continue reading →

Leadership & The Act of Will: Part 3

This is the third in a series of five blog articles on the act of will (to return to the first in the series click here).

The act of will is the art of figuring out what to do and getting it done.  All leaders, ultimately, have to get things done and this is why it’s so helpful for them to understand that the act of will is a process with six stages. Continue reading →

Leadership & The Act of Will: Part 2

This is the second in a series of five blog articles on the act of will (to return to the first in the series click here).

The act of will is the art of figuring out what to do and getting it done.  All leaders, ultimately, have to get things done and this is why it’s so helpful for them to understand that the act of will is a process with six stages. Continue reading →

Leadership & The Act of Will: Part 1

This is the first in a series of five blog articles on the act of will.  The act of will is the art of figuring out what to do and getting it done.  All leaders, ultimately, have to get things done and this is why it’s so helpful for them to understand that the act of will is a process with six stages.

The act of will is not just a matter of deciding or choosing, as some people think.  There is more to it than that.  Roberto Assagioli outlined the six stages of the act of will in his book, The Act of Will nearly fifty years ago.  His six stages were:

1.  Purpose (or aim or goal)/evaluation/motivation/intent

2.  Deliberation

3.  Choice and decision

4.  Strengthening faith/conviction/certainty

5.  Planning

6.  Directing the execution

Before explaining them, I’d like to make two points: Continue reading →

Responsibility and Leadership

Over the last five years, many leaders have told me stories about performance issues with a colleague.  In essence, the person isn’t performing well and the leader is unhappy about it.  I’ll usually ask them what they’ve already tried and they’ll either tell me they haven’t raised the issue, or they have, but they’ve used vague language and not said what they really wanted to say.  Either way, the underperformance continues because they’ve avoided the problem.

When I ask why they typically say, “I can’t do or say so-and-so because he/she will feel hurt or they will lose confidence.”  When I probe further, the truth eventually emerges: Continue reading →

Discerning Between Self and False Self Impulses

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 thirteenth in the series.   I’ll post the others over the coming months…

Q13. How do you discern between a False Self impulse and truth?

A. “In other words, how do you know if your feelings or an urge to act spring from the real you, the Self, or instead from the sum total of your limiting beliefs, which I call the False Self?

The short answer is, you use your intuition to discern the difference. Continue reading →

What Is The Link Between Emotion And Leadership?

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 twelfth in the series.   I’ll post the others over the coming months…

Q12. What is the link between emotion and leadership?

You Are More Than Your Mind

“You as a Self have a mind, but you are not your mind, you are more than your mind – as you experienced in the exercise this afternoon when I asked you to concentrate on an object.  Your mind is your creative tool.  It’s the sandbox in which you play; in which you connect with others, express Continue reading →

What We Can Learn From Mandela’s Greatness As A Leader

Nelson Mandela died yesterday, Thursday 5th December 2013, at the age of 95.  He will have a state funeral that millions around the world will no doubt watch.  So what is it about Mandela that made him a great leader and, more usefully, what can we learn from his example to grow ourselves as leaders? Continue reading →

Influence versus Manipulation

This is a short case study on how an unhelpful, fuzzy mental model can block leaders from asserting themselves wisely and skilfully.  In this instance it was to do with what the client felt about “influence” and “manipulation”. Continue reading →

Connecting Without Over-Analysing Others

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 eleventh in the series.   I’ll post the others over the coming months…

Q11. How do I connect with others without over-psychoanalysing myself and them?

“The short answer is: let your true Self flow.

But that’s easier said than done, for how many people are letting their true Selves flow?  Very few, I suggest. Continue reading →

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