Developing an Effective Style of Leadership
Energy Leadership™ is the process that develops a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your organization as a whole.
As individuals, we view the world through filters (based on a range of influences, including our experiences, values, and assumptions). Those filters will either limit what we see or expand what we see.
As a result, they impact how we perceive and what we think about our circumstances. Throughout our whole life, we’ve unconsciously developed filters, which may be holding us back from seeing the full potential of ourselves and what our life and career have to offer.
Leadership: Everyone is a leader either by choice or default.
Leadership is how you interact with everyone, including yourself. Leaders are quite visible within small and large businesses. We tend to think of them as business owners, CEOs, and managers at all levels. Traditionally, leadership also extends into politics and other global affairs. However, parents, therapists, and health care providers, solopreneurs, sports coaches, consultants, mentors, partners in a relationship, teachers, authors, and others who interact with people regularly are all leaders.
If you don’t think of yourself as a leader, then you are limited in your thinking. Leading is the way we help move people into action, including us.
The question is not whether or not we are leaders, but how well we lead.
Bruce Schneider, from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching, wrote an excellent book called Energy Leadership. He borrowed two terms from nature to describe energy as it relates to leadership.
He used the term “catabolic energy” to represent destructive, draining energy and “anabolic energy” to describe constructive forces within an individual, which leads to success.
Anabolic Vs Catabolic Leadership
Here are two lists that describe the differences between successful leaders and those who are stressed and who stress those around them.
|Anabolic Leader||Catabolic Leader|
|Leads by encouraging others to take their own next steps||Manages by controls that push and pull|
|Shares projects and becomes one of the team||Delegates everything so they can blame others later|
|Shares detailed information and works to get feedback and buy-in from others||Gives information without justification or buy-in|
|Listens, weights and uses the feedback of others when possible||Disregards other’s ideas and makes their own decisions|
|Plans and develops for the future||Works for today and in crisis mode most times|
|Understands and uses emotional intelligence||Analyses everything in left-brain mode|
|Identifies the opportunities in everything||Focuses time and energy on problems and challenges|
|Sees the heart of the human resources||Is self-focused and uses staff to get ahead for selfish reasons|
When you look at the descriptors in each of the columns, you can easily choose which type of energy is best for you to use when it comes to dealing with others. And that’s just the point – you choose.
The kind of leader you chose to be, in any context, from being the leader at home to being the leader of a multi-million dollar organisation, is a moment-by-moment choice.
And the power of choice is fuelled by discernment, decisiveness, and dedication to what’s right.
As you start your day today, read both columns and make your choice!