Is there a difference between Leadership & Management? Management is about, rules, regulations, we manage our young children with play pens, gates to block stairways, close supervision. Leadership is instilling behavior through inspiration. When children get their drivers license and a car, leadership is the most successful way to manage the behavior of teenage children Why is Leadership Important? – Leadership Scales
But now I want to talk about some of the forces at work that hijack logic. That leaders must understand if they are to lead successfully.
Let’s work on an example that many of you have experienced.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been caught in traffic. (look around room) pretty much everyone here
What happens in that event? Your palms start sweating You get agitated You may honk your horn or bang the steering wheel
In the animal kingdom, that is the behavior one experiences when they are about to die…. You are experiencing fight or flight?
Okay, show of hands…. How many people have died while sitting in traffic? Actually you’re safer, traveling at zero miles per hour than 70.
So what’s going on here?
Humans make logical decisions illogically
Let’s try another example:
Someone here help me out. I really need a $1 bill. All I have is a $5 but I’m willing to trade that for your single. 100% of the people in this room will take that deal right?
Let’s look at another example of that math.
Trolley problem 1 – 5 people or 1 Trolley problem 2 – The transplant problem
Start on stage left side of the room.
280 million years ago, the first dinosaurs crawled out of the ooze. Their brains consisted of the Basil Ganglia Complex or the so-called Reptilian Brain. Alligators have a reptilian brain. No capacity for language, abstract thought, primary purpose… don’t die and if you can… grow.
200 Million years ago – the first mammals arrive and the limbic system begins to develop. It is where “feelings” come from. Emotions are managed or mismanaged here. Empathy and Parenting.
200 Thousand years - Viola… humans appear. The Neocortex. A part of the brain unique to us or at least most of us in this room.
The human brain has all three of these brains. Is it any surprise that in the 280 million years it took to evolve the human brain that we are heavily influenced by the ancient remnants?
Humans make rational decisions heavily influenced with these irrational parts of our brains and then we use our “supperior” Necortex to rationalize that we are logical beings.
One more example of how evolution betrays us.
Anyone here have 13 years old to 20 year old kids? What is their relationship with their phones?
Dopamine – the feeling of being part of a tribe, loved the herd mentality. These were important functions when we were safer in a tribe. Unfortunately these outside stimuli are feeding an addiction to easy dopamine with social media likes and shares.
Neurotransmitters like Oxytocin, Serotonin, Adrenalin, Cordisol
Can are still major motivators and demotivates in our lives and in many times, they defy logic.
The Fast Brain and the Slow Brain A recent study of Israeli Parole Judges Approve 28% of all cases. 65% of all cases when they just start or return from a break. 0% a couple of hours later.
(You write those letters on the top of a chart… and hide them…) “Is everyone paying attention? Are you all “with me”? You sure????” “Ok… here we go…This is a TEST! I’m warning… don’t say I didn’t warn you! I’ve prepared this especially for you… Here it is…. YOU, MONEY, SAVE, NEW, DISCOVERY, EASY, RESULTS, PROVEN, HEALTH, LOVE.”
“No, talking… I just gave you TEN WORDS… what were they?”
Early Driving how much concentration that takes
Auto mode. – Driving past exits
With all that in mind, let’s talk about how we logically choose our leaders.
Of the last 45 presidents…. Only 5 were ever shorter than average. 11% The last time we had a president who was shorter than average was 120 years ago. The last time we had a female president… oh wait…
What is it about tall, males that makes them better leaders?
Handsome, tall, male are visual, non-logical ques that a person would be a better leader.
It may mean they have a better chance in a battle with axes but that’s not what our leaders do anymore.
Yet it important for anyone who wants to lead that these forces are at work in our dominant reptilian brain.
Anyone who is like me, short or is a woman needs to model behavior to the world that we can lead our tribe in battle and keep them safe.
We can do this by standing tall Being big
Being bold in public and saving the very important thoughtful deliberation for behind closed doors.
Let’s look a t a construct for scoring our thinking on this matter.
Name some great leaders: George Washington Abe Lincoln Angela Merkel Margaret Thatcher Martin Luther King Nelson Mandela Mahatma Gandhi Steve Jobs Meg Whitman Sheryl Sandberg Winston Churchill Julius Caesar Napoleon Bonaparte
In August of 1963, why did ¼ of a million people show up to hear Dr King Speak
Not to see him, not to hear about his dream but because they shared a common vision of right…. Of why we are here and that vision was that a man was not to be judged by the color of his skin but the content of his character.
Leaders must be clear of their why…. Why is the intentions… Why says we’re aligned or not.
What do you value of a culture?
What are some of the traits of a great culture.
Hard Working Helpful Problem solvers
What is our value discipline.
How do we compete?
I can buy the same sneakers from:
Amazon, Walmart, and Nordstroms
When I buy from Amazon it’s because they are product leaders, same day delivery, easy to find, don’t have to leave my house Walmart, because I’m going to get a great price, I know they’ll be there Nordstrom, because when I get their they know my name, take me to the shoes and if I hate them 3 years later they’ll take them back
At the End of the Day Ask
• What did I do that moved my character bar to
the right or to the left?
• What did I do that moved my capability bar up
• What did I do that demonstrated aligned or
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• George Washington
• Abe Lincoln
• Angela Merkel
• Margaret Thatcher
• Martin Luther King
• Nelson Mandela
• Mahatma Gandhi
• Steve Jobs
• Meg Whitman
• Sheryl Sandberg
• Winston Churchill
• Julius Caesar
• Napoleon Bonaparte