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Article No.: 14-7, July 1, 2014

Article Title: Leadership in Balance: 8 Ways of Thinking

Author: Linda Gravett, Ph.D., SPHR, CEQC & John Kucia, Ed.D.

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To research our recently released book, Leadership in Balance:  A Deeper Dimension, Dr. John Kucia and I interviewed CEO’s and COO’s from successful organizations around the country.  We discovered that leaders who have found a balance between getting results and leveraging the talents of their workforce have eight ways of thinking in common.  If you aspire to be a leader at any level, we encourage you to build these ways of thinking into your approach to leadership.

  1. Approaches leadership as a relationship not a position.
    • Shows respect for people by listening closely. 
    • Creates bonds of friendship and a sense of camaraderie.
    • Engenders a sense of humility balanced with enormous organizational ego.
  2. Understands that the leader embodies the brand promise.
    •  Is both noble and humble…..and as such embodies the values and principles of the organization.
    • Sets the tone by what is done and valued.
    • Understands that trust is the essential foundation for collaboration, balanced with normal instincts for competition.
  3. Believes that mission drives the numbers.
    •  Focuses attention on purpose, mission and values of the organization. 
    • Realizes that sole focus on the bottom line may lead to short term thinking not long term life.
    • Understands that interdependence and collaboration are essential to accomplish the purpose and mission in any organization.
  4. Understands collaboration must have a business purpose.
    •  Is a pragmatist… can’t get good results if you can’t collaborate. 
    • Demonstrates positive regard for collaboration because of successful experiences.
    • Has gained personal maturity and new insights.
  5. Thinks “outside of the pyramid” in order to share power and spread leadership throughout the organization. 
    • Balances the present reality with movement toward the future reality and ponders the future shape and structure of the organization. 
    • Envisions a new structure, an internal network of creative people collaborating on issues that require learning, entrepreneurial, creative and innovation.
  6. Believes teaching and leadership have a great deal in common. 
    • Is both a teacher and a leader a) which is accomplished by asking hard questions and stimulating learning in search of reality and truth.
    • Knows a master teacher must be a master learner who listens, is observant and curious. 
    • Encourages learning through coaching.
  7. Understands that at the center of collaboration is a personal comfort with and valuing of diversity of people, ideas and ways of thinking.
    •  Understands this requires a level of individual and organizational cultural competence. 
    • Allows people to learn, grow and trust by spending time listening and getting to know one another in a collaborative community.
    • Is culturally competent and comfortable with diversity of ideas and people, gender, ethnicity, race and nationality.
  8. Believes that the challenge of leading change is not about leadership in control, but leadership in balance.
    •  Believes that collaboration is a means to leadership in balance. 
    • Believes that a collaborative leader is an integrated person, not a user of techniques or adopter of styles. 
    • Is comfortable with ambiguity and change, with giving direction and making decisions.

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