TomorrowToday has promised to help you start the journey towards being future fit – to becoming an adaptive leader. Being merely a ‘good leader’ will not suffice when it comes to meeting the challenge of the future. You will need to be a great leader and a ‘great leader’ is someone who understanding and practices adaptive leadership. This is part of a ‘boot camp’ through which we help you begin the journey of becoming future fit; we help you in the process of becoming an adaptive leader. Each ‘session’ is designed around a thought-bullet (Head) and an action point (Hand) – something to think about and something to try out. We have promised to keep the ‘head’ part to under a minute and the practical part (hand)…well, that is up to you.
Future Fit # 2: What really matters – to you?
Leadership has been defined by Meg Wheatley as the, ‘simple act of stepping forward’. Certainly leading in today and tomorrow’s context takes, and will take, tremendous courage. The need to have courageous conversations, take a risk with a new idea or initiative, make changes and mobilize others all hinge on knowing what really matters to you. Adaptive leadership is underpinned by caring about something deeply – having an underlying purpose that gives you the courage to ‘step forward’. Adaptive leaders understand the need to engage in the on-going work of what we term, ‘interior landscaping’. They have given intentional thought to their values and how those values will find expression in their everyday leadership practice. Values drive behaviour and although much has been written and said on this particular aspect of leadership – adaptive leaders are never dismissive of the importance of values when it comes to their own leadership construct.
Craft a values statement that will guide your leadership practice. It might help to answer these basic questions:
1. When you think of personal leadership, what really matters to you?
2. How do these things find expression in your daily practice of leadership?
3. What will be the outcome of them being practiced on a regular basis?
Keep your statement in your wallet and reflect on it for a few minutes every day for a week.
Revise it if necessary until you are satisfied that your statement describes values that will have a direct bearing on your leadership behaviour.
Risk sharing this with those you lead.