Recently I have had the opportunity of starting to read an outstanding book called “Rethinking leadership, a new look at old leadership questions” by Professor Donna Ladkin at Cranfield University, I can certainly recommend it and also truthfully say that it made my head sore! It is an insightful look at leadership from a philosophical perspective and one of the key concepts it speaks of is the ‘Leadership Moment’ which is made up of Purpose, Context, Leader and Follower(s). There are so many definitions of leadership that arise from different sources and what I know to be true is that when I’m in the presence of someone I’m prepared to follow the phenomenon is apparent to me, I may not fully understand it I just know that it is there. Equally I am most certain when I’m not prepared to follow someone and often I am not able to voice the reasons why.
As we contemplate our decision to lead and hopefully influence positively those who choose to follow us; I thought that the quotation below would be of use to us all. It seems to me that the leaders I’m prepared to follow have an ability to hold more than one perspective and a wider range of possibilities than just their own, this ability to allow my thinking to arise and be seen is one of the reasons I am prepared to follow.
Quotation of the Week
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
Questions of the Week
- How do I hold myself open to wider perspectives?
- What do I need to do to be open to multiple possibilities?
My hope is that you have an outstanding week and that you choose to connect with me with your own thinking.