Heart-Driven Influence: The Paradox of The Powerless Leader
Standing on the top of a pyramid does not make you a leader.
Labels do not make you a leader. Awards do not make you a leader.
Your ability to lead emerges from your relationships with those you seek to lead.
And the fastest way to damage those relationships is by forcing your agenda.
It’s okay to have an agenda. But to engage the fullest potential of your team, that agenda must emerge through the autonomous self-organization of willing participants.
The paradox of leadership is that you are powerless to change anyone.
You can’t use coercion to lead a self-actualized team.
They must arrive at change on their own accord. Your role is to be a guiding light along their way.
Your ability to influence emerges from the heart-felt connection you share with those on your team.
This breed of heart-driven influence is a rarity in our world. Top-down corporate bureaucracies have set a standard for command and control.
But the world is waking up to the fact that it deserves organizational systems that are compatible with our human creativity.
Gary Hamel cites plenty of examples of businesses headed in this direction in What Matters Now.
Our ability to collaborate and organize in ways that facilitate peak creative states is a key ingredient in building a better world.
The emergent potential of this tribal synergy will offer us innumerable solutions to the challenges the world faces.
Simply put: coercion and control no longer fit into the picture.
It’s time to evolve.
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