I have a great passion to see leaders in society bring about transformation to the benefit of all. I am especially interested in the character of the new generation leaders in business.
In line with this passion I constantly scan all my newsletters, updates, community discussions and posts to see what is buzzing. Unfortunately I come across too much leadership hoo-ha (otherwise known as jargon, theories and techniques) that muddy the waters. For many years I have felt that I was over-simplifying things by being primarily concerned with the motivation for leadership, i.e. who we are as a source of leadership.
Whenever I looked around I saw that there were “cool new trends” emphasized by people with smart jargon. More and more I would simply skip this kind of stuff and look for real meaning behind the boring words.
They may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel.
—Carl W. Buehner
The point is that along with the really big boring words that everyone forgets we will not forget the emotional condition leaders leave us in. Focusing on the skills and techniques as the primary responsibility of a leader is also very boring. Digging in and growing is however the really hard work that we are neglecting in society. We are being overwhelmed by tools, techniques and whatever is the flavour of the month.
Focusing on the human being and potential of each individual related in community is powerful.
We lead from who we are.