Introduction to Authentic Leadership


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Leadership is a journey without final destination and with few reliable maps. To honestly face today’s challenges we need to be creative, resilient, resourceful, and courageous. Leaders need tools for working in complex, shifting environments. In times of unstable resources, they need to invite and empower everyone’s leadership, including their own.

So how do we do this. Authentic leadership in the ALIA context focuses on three aspects,

Mindfulness and authenticity to cultivate our own capacity to be genuine and courageous and to lead

Tools for working with uncertainty and transforming situations we find ourselves in

How to give space for others to develop and to empower them.

These topics are explored in this Presentation

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Introduction to Authentic Leadership

  1. 1. 15. March 2012Introduction to Authentic Leadership Chris Tamdjidi -1-
  2. 2. AGENDAOur goals for todayResearch: Mindfulness and leadershipAuthentic leadership: A JourneyExercises -2-
  3. 3. OUR GOALS FOR TODAYExpand our understanding of mindfulness • Not just a cure or a method - but an attitude or a way of being that extends into all parts of our lifeReview how mindfulness and leadership can intersectExamine what Authentic leadership meansPractice, practice, practice. Discuss how we can apply this in our lives -3-
  4. 4. AGENDAOur goals for todayResearch: Mindfulness and leadershipAuthentic leadership: A JourneyExercises -4-
  5. 5. RESEARCH ON MINDFULNESS IS GROWING AT A RAPID RATE Number of Publications per Year (1980 to 2012) 600 500 400 300 200 100 0Source: Articles with Mindfulness in Title or Topic – Web of Knowedge – InitialResearch by, Update: own research -5-
  6. 6. RESEARCH ON MINDFULNESS IS GROWING AT A RAPID RATE The benefits of mindfulness have been researched in many fields Fields Research FocusQuality of life Aging, relaxation, creativity, happiness, pregnancy, stress, communicationCognitive abilities Memory, concentration, directing awareness, perception, neuro- plasticity and growth in grey matter.Physical well- Blood pressure, chronic pain, diabetes, recovery from cancerbeing /diseases, fibromyalgia, bran damage, hepatitis/HIV, heart disease, immune system, headache, cancer, parkinsons, psoriasisPsychological ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, burnout, depression, sleepwell-being disorders, stress tinnitus, compulsive behavior -6-
  7. 7. WHAT IS LEADERSHIP? And what is it NOT?Many models of leadership exist • Leadership is one of the oldest professions in the world… • A long history of wisdom on leadership exists from 5000 years ago to todayLeadership adapts to the situation that it finds itself in • Leadership, followers and the situation are interdependent – none exist separately from each otherLeadership is not just exercising authority – although many such models exist,especially in the early years of corporationsLeadership is not the same as management • One view: Leadership is doing the right things, management is doing things right -7-
  8. 8. CURRENT THINKING ABOUT LEADERSHIP HAS MANY COMMON THEMES And what is it NOT?Leadership starts with self-leadership • Especially in todays high speed, quickly changing world without clear or strong ethical systems • Many leaders fail because they lack an inner maturityLeadership has a lot to do with empowerment • Workers require high skill sets and high flexibility – and have own access to information (knowledge workers)Leadership has a lot to do with helping others grow • Maslows hierarchies of needs – peoples basic needs are often taken care of, and success is increasingly being questioned • Emotional intelligence of leaders seen as more important than pure functional skillsIncreasingly the lines between personal leadership and leading others is blurring -8-
  9. 9. WHERE DO LEADERSHIP AND MINDFULNESS INTERSECT? The benefits of mindfulness also apply to leadership Areas Impact Recovery Recovery from stress, burnout, depression, health problems High performance Productivity, balance between stress and recovery, work life balance, concentration, creativity, energy management Self management/ Understanding own emotions and motivation, self management, self knowledge insight, wisdom Emotional Communication, empathy, motivating and inspiring others, intelligence•Akron Group – Org Audit –Sept2008/9 -9-
  10. 10. MANY RENOWNED AUTHORS ARE WRITING ABOUT AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP AND MINDFULNESS Harvard Business Review Articles Level 5 Leadership - Primal Leadership - Resonant leadership - Authentic leadership - Collins Goleman Boyatzkis George Professional will Leadership: head and Great leaders create Knowing yourself – self heart resonance awareness is most • Focus on results important point for a • Unwavering • Good leaders leader discipline attuned to peoples Usually many false emotions and assumptions on how to • Vision and move them in lead Practicing your values standards of positive way • Being smart and and principles enduring company Four core skills working hard is • Formal practice • Blame self not • Self awareness – enough others self knowledge, • Emotions do not Lead with heart and confidence matter head Personal humility • Self management – • Stress and burnout • Passion for work • Modest discipline, self are a part of life control, optimism • Compassion for • Inspired culture, people not personality • Social Awareness – Three key things for cult empathy, service great leadership • Quiet, calm • Relationship Build lasting • Mindfulness relationships determination management – inspiration, • Vision/Inspiration • Genuine • Success due to others and good teamwork, • Compassion friendships luck conflict management Self disciplineSource: Harvard Business Review Artikel 2004-2008 - 10 -
  11. 11. MINDFULNESS IS INCREASINGLY PRESENT IN THE BUSINESS WORLD Quotes from Leaders Modern office life and an increasingly common condition called “attention deficit trait” are turning steady executives into frenzied underachievers. Caused by brain overload, ADT is now epidemic in organizations. The core symptoms are distractibility, inner frenzy and impatience. People with ADT have difficulty staying organized, setting priorities and managing time. These symptoms can undermine the work of an otherwise gifted executive. Edward Hallowell - Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform A successful approach to sustained high performance, must consider the person as a whole. An integrated theory of performance management addresses the body, the emotions, the mind, and the spirit. Each of its levels profoundly influences the others, and failure to address any one of them compromises performance. Loehr and Schwartz – Making of the Corporate Athlete - Harvard Business Review Meditation, typically viewed as a spiritual practice, can serve as a highly practical means of training attention and promoting recovery. Practiced regularly, meditation quiets the mind, the emotions, and the body, promoting energy recovery. [Loehr und Schwartz – The Making of the Corporate Athlete in Harvard Business Review] - 11 -
  12. 12. MINDFULNESS IS INCREASINGLY PRESENT IN THE BUSINESS WORLD Quotes from Leaders “When the 75 members of Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Advisory Council were asked to recommend the most important capability for leaders to develop, their answer was nearly unanimous: self-awareness.” - Bill George - Discovering your Authentic Leadership, Harvard Business Review “Meditation has been the single most important thing I have done to improve my leadership. It has helped me become more self-aware and more compassionate toward myself and others. It has also enabled me to remain calm and clear-thinking in the face of pressure and uncertainty.” Bill George – CEO Medtronics and Author of “Authentic Leadership” Contrary to popular belief, cultivating the capacity for mindfulness is not just a nice-to- have or something to be done for private reasons: it is actually essential for sustaining good leadership. It can be one of the most important things we do, resulting in a stepwise change in our effectiveness as leaders. Mindfulness – An essential aspect of resonant leadership – Harvard Business Review – Boyatzis and McKee - 12 -
  13. 13. AGENDAOur goals for todayResearch: Mindfulness and leadershipAuthentic leadership: A JourneyExercises - 13 -
  14. 14. WHY AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP?Demanding times • High competitive pressure – Globalisation, Speed, Saturated markets, and high expectations of return. • Focus on financial goals and associated loss of other values, de-humanisation of companies and weakening of leadershipCourageous and authentic leaders necessary • Leaders are required to contribute to growth in values in their companies and also societies • Realisation that success is more than financial/material returns – but material well being is crucial to survival for companies.Inner work is necessary • Tremendous internal fragmentation of leaders (attention deficit disorder) – focusing and raising of energy necessary • Mindfulness, personal discipline and ethics as path to cultivate inner strengths and appreciation • Proper vision and values brings energy and strength - 14 -
  15. 15. WHAT IS AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP?In order to develop oneself as a leader, one has to train body, heart and mind • Body: Strength, vitality and presence. • Heart: Passion, Ability to motivate and emotional intelligence • Mind: Inner peacefulness, Wisdom, clarity of understanding • INNER PATH as well as ACTIVITY IN THE WORLDCongruence of vision and values • Personal, team, organisation values supporting societal values • Without vision it is not possible to motivate people – money alone is not a vision • Without values one cannot realise the heart of ones visionHarmony of being, action and results • Mindfulness, thoughtfulness and reflection as part of leadership process • Ability to take decisions to the benefit of all (people, results) - 15 -
  16. 16. AGENDAOur goals for todayResearch: Mindfulness and leadershipAuthentic leadership: A JourneyExercises - 16 -