How to Create a Team of Leaders by Shifting Inward

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Step Back

It may be counterintuitive, but according to Barry Kaplan and Jeff Manchester — who have decades of experience as entrepreneurs and advisers to hundreds of companies — the the best way to lead is to step back.  The more that you as a leader open your heart, reveal your fears and show your authentic self, the deeper the connections among your team members will be, and the more the team will achieve.

Partners at Shift180, Barry and Jeff present their unique approach to maximizing performance in their new book, The Power of Vulnerability: How to Create a Team of Leaders by Shifting Inward.  I recently spoke with them after reading the book, to talk about their views on leadership culture and vulnerability.

 

Understand the Power of Vulnerability

Why is vulnerability misunderstood?

We are taught and then hard-wired to believe that showing vulnerability is a weakness. The fear, of course, is that if we demonstrate vulnerability, others will be able to take advantage of us.  This, however, is far from the truth.  The reality is that, by sharing our vulnerability, we lay the groundwork for truly connecting with others – which is incredibly powerful.  We need to relearn that vulnerability is gateway to authenticity, connection and ultimately power.

 

When is it wrong to be vulnerable and can you be too vulnerable?

Despite the power vulnerability can bring, if you’re not in a safe environment where you can leverage its power, exhibiting vulnerability may be a mistake. Safety is a necessary predicate to being able to open up, show up and co-create trust.

 

In what ways can a leader create an environment of safety to allow team members to be vulnerable?

Leaders play a key role in creating this safe space, particularly by role modeling. As a leader, it is up to you to step in first. Show up with your real story that will disrupt the typical pattern of hiding behind the veil. By taking action, you are giving your team a real case-study of how — and more importantly, why — it works.

 

“The HEIGHT of a team’s performance compared to its potential is directly related to the DEPTH of connection among its members.”

Lead Beyond the Ego

transpersonal leadership

When Leading Beyond the Ego crossed my desk, I couldn’t wait to see the author’s take on the subject. The lead author, John Knights, is the Chairman of LeaderShape Global and the book is the result of twenty years of research and experience supporting leaders in their personal and professional development. It builds on the importance of emotional intelligence as a foundation to demonstrate how the best leaders in the 21stcentury will lead beyond their ego and bring their values and purpose to full consciousness.

I recently spoke with John about his leadership researching and findings.

 

Become a Transpersonal Leader

For those who haven’t read your new book, tell us what is “Transpersonal Leadership”?

Transpersonal Leadership is an ongoing journey that embraces life-long development to become increasingly emotionally and spiritually intelligent. The transpersonal leader is robust and radical yet caring, authentic and ethical, seeking sustainable and continued performance enhancement for the organization they are involved in leading. Further a transpersonal leader can be at any level in an organization. And finally, they operate beyond their ego by bringing their values and decision-making processes to full-consciousness.

 

“Be Real: Beyond Ego – Radical, Ethical, Authentic Leadership.” -John Knights

 

Manage Your Brain

What is the value of neuroscience and how does it relate to leadership?

As we are seeing in the 21st century, neuroscience research helps us to understand how our brain works and how we can learn to rewire our own brains to behave differently. This is particularly important for leaders as, every time we allow our emotions to hijack us or to cause our true values to be ignored, we make mistakes which are amplified because these can impact many other people. We are born with brains that are fundamentally the same as in the stone-age, designed to focus on survival. Our brains are then rewired through our lives depending on our circumstances and experiences, basically serendipitously. As leaders we can learn to rewire our brains, not to change our personality but to manage it more effectively. We can become more aware, learn to manage our emotions more effectively, become more fully-conscious of our values, and learn to improve our judgement and decision-making – all by understanding how our brain works and proactively working on our behaviors through practice.

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“Neuroscience provides ways to raise our emotional awareness and bring our values to full consciousness.” -John Knights

 

Increase Your Self-Awareness

25 Quotes from Vincent for Dreamers on Starry, Starry Nights

 

Photo credit: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

25 Quotes from Vincent Van Gogh

 

Vincent Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists. I have had the opportunity to visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam several times and always walk away inspired by his creativity, productivity, and personal story.

His words are equally inspiring. The following quotes are frequently attributed to him. I’m not sure whether he said them all or not, but I treasure them nonetheless.

 

“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” –Vincent Van Gogh

 

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.” –Vincent Van Gogh

 

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic then to love people.” –Vincent Van Gogh

 

“What is done in love is done well.” –Vincent Van Gogh

 

“Art is to console those who are broken by life.” –Vincent Van Gogh

7 Attributes of a Great Business Leader

This is a guest post by Garret Norris. Garret is the founder and CEO of Business Coaches Sydney where he helps businesses succeed through disciplined management, creative marketing and committed client service.

A business organization has a lot of interactions with its environment, including the labor force, customers, regulators, and local communities. Business leadership is the primary factor that makes everything work seamlessly; without business leaders, all other business resources will not be maximized.

Forward-thinking business leaders are aware of the concerns of their employees and are updated with the new developments in leadership and management theory which enables them to create more efficient working environments.

As the adage goes, “No two leaders are the same.” Thus, every organization is being led by business leaders who their unique leadership style and preferences. Some are more comfortable dictating to their employees, while other prefer a more collaborative approach. The latter often tap into the creativity of their workforce, while the former usually delegate most tasks to their subordinates and will spend time and money to give to their employees the tools necessary to excel in their positions.

Regardless of the leadership styles, almost all business leaders share common traits that make them capable of the job. To learn the seven attributes of great business leaders, check this infographic from Business Coaches Sydney.

38 Inspirational Quotes from Billy Graham

Billy Graham once said, “I look forward to death with great anticipation” and “My home is in heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”  Today we say goodbye to the great evangelist who is now home.

Some amazing facts about Billy Graham:

  • He was one of the ten most admired men in the world, appearing on the list more than anyone.
  • He preached to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history.
  • He was known as a spiritual adviser to presidents since Harry Truman
  • He was frequently called the Protestant Pope.
  • He has awards ranging from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award to the Congressional Gold Medal.
  • He was bestowed with the Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
  • He was truly one of the giants of the last century.

Despite all of the accolades, he was puzzled by his own success, often saying “that the first thing I am going to do when I get to Heaven is to ask, “Why me, Lord?”

In his own words:

 

“A real Christian is the one who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.” -Billy Graham

 

“Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.” -Billy Graham

 

“God has given us two hands–one to receive with and the other to give with.” -Billy Graham

 

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.” -Billy Graham