The Leadership Development Intensive (LDI) that I will be running as Lead Facilitator in March, along with our colleagues, John Scherer from the USA (creator of the programme) and Karol Konkel from Poland, is designed around 5 powerful and transformative questions:
1. What CONFRONTS you?
2. What are you BRINGING?
3. What’s RUNNING you?
4. What CALLS you?
5. What will UNLEASH you?
I’m going to share a series of short blogs to illustrate how these inquiry questions help to generate new and deeper insights into who we are and how we show up in our leadership, creating greater possibilities for action that result in surprising outcomes. In this blog, I’m going to address Q#1 – what CONFRONTS you?
We don’t need to think too hard about what confronts all of us at the moment! The Corona Virus pandemic presents enormous challenges to our health systems, our economies, our workplaces, and our home and personal lives. Increasingly, we are looking for leadership at all levels in our communities, organisations and wider society to help us navigate the uncertainties we face. But what kind of leadership is called for? What kind of leadership is needed NOW? I believe that, more than ever, the PERSON in the POSITION of leadership matters. Who we are, and how we lead, is central to establishing and maintaining the trust needed to bring people together to find new and lasting solutions for the world we live in. Gaining insight in to your leadership starts with Q#1.
Q#1 invites you to identify what situation(s) CONFRONTS you in your life and/or leadership that up till now you’ve been avoiding?
For example, perhaps you prefer to avoid:
• Difficult, but important, conversations with a colleague for fear of conflict?
• Making/taking crucial decisions because you can’t be sure it’s the right decision?
• Speaking up, or saying what you really think, because you know it will be too much for some people to hear?
John refers to these situations as ‘tigers’, that is, issues or situations we would prefer to avoid at all costs, primarily because we can’t conceive of them ending well. In his book, Facing the Tiger, written with Dorota Nawalaniec, John invites the reader to consider what s/he would do if confronted by a tiger in the jungle? What would your instinct be? To turn and run, of course – and that most certainly would not end well! Apparently if you turn and face the tiger, so the story goes, then the tiger will pause and consider its response ... at least for a nano second. The outcome may well be the same … but at least you have created the possibility of a different outcome! If you’re not facing your tiger, the chances are it’s already eating you! Just think about the ways in which the key thing you avoid doing or saying holds you/others back in some way? By learning how to confront the ‘tigers’ in your life/work, YOU create possibilities for different outcomes for yourself, and for others. Understanding what makes these situations a tiger for you is something I will briefly examine in my next blog which will cover Q#2: What are you BRINGING and Q#3: What (up till now) has been RUNNING you?
If you’d like to chat about these 5 questions or find out more about the LDI, then get in touch with me: email@example.com