On a continuum from “more authoritarian” to “more collaborative” leadership, how would you describe your own daily leadership orientation? How about when you’re feeling anxious, frustrated or impatient with how things are going?
Under pressure, even leaders who are normally very collaborative often default towards the authoritarian side of things, even though they don’t necessarily want to or think it’s more effective in the long term.
There’s nothing wrong with a more authoritarian approach, just as there’s no right way to be as a leader. I’ve known and worked with plenty of capable leaders on both sides of the continuum. For me, the more important question is 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝, rather than simply be driven by habit or strong emotion.
In my latest article for Training Industry, Inc., I offer three practices for cultivating more collaborative leadership, even under pressure. These practices involve not taking certain things so personally, taking 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 things 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 personally, and moving to inquiry.
Read the full article here: Moving from Authoritative to Collaborative Leadership.
I’ll be interested in your comments about the article and any observations about your own leadership when the pressure starts to mount.