The New Being of Leadership

Blog Post Transformational Leadership

When you read the constant blogs and articles about what constitutes great leaders, you will notice the paradigm for leadership has been slowly changing over the years. No longer a command-and-control mentality, leadership is now becoming a kinder, gentler version. But how do you shift the “being” of leadership, while still achieving extraordinary breakthrough results?

A quote from the movie WONDER:

“Maybe no one’s ordinary. All I did was get through 5th grade like everyone else did. Maybe if we knew what everyone else is thinking we’d know that.
And, we all deserve a standing ovation at least once in our lives.

Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle. And if you really want to see what people are, all you have to do… look.”

Here are some lessons I’ve learned in observing and studying great leaders. Each bullet really is self-explanatory. I invite you to look for yourself for any additional prose or examples that could be added. Because leadership is a declared way of being, rather than a delegated title, you get to say how your leadership way of being manifests.

  • Be curious and seek to discover, rather than impart knowledge.
  • Choose wisdom over knowledge.
  • Be okay with failing, but not with giving up.
  • Lead others to discover, rather than show the way.
  • Ask, don’t tell.
  • Encourage other leaders to surpass you, rather than strive for personal glory.
  • Look to impact, not dazzle.
  • Be interested, not interesting.
  • Be compassionate and kind; recognize the value of effort.
  • Be willing to look to see people for who they are and who they can be.
  • Celebrate the ordinary and seek the extraordinary.
  • Thrive on wonder and awe…in ordinary life.

Great leaders are ordinary people, who look for creating the extraordinary, in both results and people.