Balanced Leadership: Finding Your Voice and Helping Others Find Theirs

If you’re like me, you’re sometimes in a quandary about how much leadership “power” to assert and how much to be collaborative with team members so they find their own power. This is a topic I’ve given a lot of thought to, and I experiment with finding just the right balance on a daily basis.
In this next series of Blogs, I’ll explore 8 Ways of Thinking that my research with Dr. John Kucia, as well as my practical experience, indicate support organizational success and resiliency. I’ll also discuss leadership behaviors that are aligned with these 8 Ways of Thinking and concrete approaches and tools that help leaders find their voice and their balance.
In my experience, leaders are built from the inside out. That is, the way a leader thinks affects how he or she interprets the world and results in the strategies and actions taken on a day to day basis. Each of us brings a world view with us to work every day which is based on past experiences and influences. Before I make a leadership decision, I try to take into account just which influences are affecting the choice I’m about to make – especially if the choice is about how to leverage a team member’s skills, knowledge and talents. This pause for reflection is very helpful, and I resonate with this quote from John Dewey: “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.”
Tomorrow I’ll share the 8 Ways of Thinking of a Leader in Balance.

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