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Leadership Development: 7 Ways of Leading

Energy Leadership is both a form of leadership and the actual process of using your energy in a way that works for you rather than against you. The 7 Levels of Energy represent our emotions, the intentions and belief system behind them, and how we lead our people.

As you review the 7 Levels of Energy, consider your leadership style as you experience these different types of energy, and ask yourself:
- Which styles make me most effective as a leader?
- Which styles make me the least effective as a leader?

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Leadership Development: 7 Ways of Leading

  1. 1. 7 Ways of Leading
  2. 2. Energy Leadership Energy Leadership is both a form of leadership and the actual process of using your energy in a way that works for you rather than against you. Learning to use your energy effectively changes how you experience life, at work and home, and the types of experiences you bring to those who interact with you.
  3. 3. 7 Levels of Energy As you review the 7 Levels of Energy, consider your leadership style as you experience these different types of energy, and ask yourself: • Which styles make me most effective as a leader? • Which styles make me the least effective as a leader?
  4. 4. Level 1: Victim When you feel like a victim you don’t take action because you can’t focus or figure out what to do. You may: • Avoid difficult tasks or stall. • Feel like a weight is on your shoulders. • Feel powerless and unable to change. • Lack initiative or motivation • Hide back instead of sticking your neck out there. • Say that “This is just the way it is. Why even bother?
  5. 5. Level 2: Conflict You may experience conflict because of the amount of responsibility you have, or because you feel like you know better. You may: • Delegate by telling people exactly what to do. • Force your agenda and not listen to input from others. • Hoard information. • Say, “Just do it my way, okay? I don’t have time to explain why.”
  6. 6. Level 3: Responsibility When you experience Level 3 energy you take responsibility for your actions. You may: • Find ways to cope with the amount of responsibility you have. • Have an “I win; and if you win too, that’s great” attitude. • Like some cooperation, but put one party’s interest above the other (company above employees or vice versa.) • Say, “It’s the right thing to do.”
  7. 7. Level 4: Service When you experience Level 4 energy you truly care for your employees and help them do their jobs the best they can. You may: • Lead from the heart, not the head. • Be motivated to be liked, rather than for being productive. • Put employee interests first and then meet the company’s needs. • Share a lot of information. • Say, “I’ll do it.” Remember to look after your well- being as you support others.
  8. 8. Level 5: Opportunist When you experience Level 5 energy you know how to make the most out of situations. You may: • Find opportunities to grow in all challenges. • Be solution-focused and action- oriented. • Share decision making for projects with your team. • Be trusting, honest, and forthright because you look for decisions that meet the interests of everyone. • See situations as moving forward for the business, customers, or employees. Don’t spread yourself too thin by taking on too much responsibility.
  9. 9. Level 6: Intuitive When you experience Level 6 energy you trust your intuition. You may: • See yourself in your team members. • Share information and trust your instincts and the instincts of your team. Stay grounded so that you don’t appear out out touch to your team.
  10. 10. Level 7: Creator Level 7 is not often referenced in business settings, but when you experience it personally, you can: • Use all the other energy levels at will. • Be a creator, participant, and observer of your life at the same time, which makes you a powerful person. Stay grounded so that you don’t appear out out touch to your team.
  11. 11. Appendix The document that follows is a one-page quick reference guide of the 7 Levels of Energy.
  12. 12. 7 Levels of Energy 01 02 03 04 05 06 LEVEL 1 Thoughts: victim, at the effect of situations Feelings: apathy, no enthusiasm Actions: no initiative, can’t see options or take action LEVEL 3 Thoughts: responsibility, ownership of feelings and choices Feelings: forgiveness, release resentment and anger Actions: cooperation, shared goals LEVEL 5 Thoughts: compromise, consideration, no judgment Feelings: peace, calmness, contentment Actions: acceptance, belief, agreement for what is LEVEL 2 Thoughts: internal or external conflict Feelings: anger, annoyance, frustration Actions: defiance, resistance, contempt LEVEL 4 Thoughts: concern, care Feelings: compassion, sympathy Actions: service, help LEVEL 6 Thoughts: synthesis, connection Feelings: permanent joy and happiness Actions: wisdom, intuition and enlightenment 07 LEVEL 7 Thoughts: non-judgment, objectivity, no fear Feelings: total bliss, intense desire, enthusiasm Actions: creation, manifestation, genius thinking
  13. 13. Want to learn more about your leadership style? Take the Energy Leadership Index Assessment (ELI). Click HERE to get started! Thank you!

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