Who Gets to Lead?
The Lead From Wherever You Are project started as an exploration of what "leadership" really means. There is so much out there in the leadership development space - so much research, programming and writing from people way smarter than me about how to be a great leader. But, after spending most of the past ten years fully emersed in the art and science of leadership development, I’ve noticed two things:
- Most of the “Leadership Greatest Hits” are aimed at the top levels of organizations. Not everyone is (or wants to be) the boss! Even if you don’t have direct control over the culture, you’re not officially leading people, or just want to be an invaluable team player, you can still influence a healthy, productive, enjoyable environment.
- Even in the most enlightened organizations, not everyone “gets it.” Even in the most challenging cultures, you can influence how things get done in your own part of the world.
A lot of current organizational development theory makes the distinction between leadership and management. If you take away the flow charts and titles - the designated authority that’s part of most human interaction – perhaps what me mean by leadership is really the ability to influence people and groups to be their best, most productive, mort fulfilled selves.
LFWYA is about uncovering and practicing five key factors for optimal influence whether or not you’re the boss. Spoiler alert, most of these skills are actually pretty simple and already hardwired into you!
Lead From Wherever You Are is designed around the framework that I’m using to organize my research into leadership, influence, and the way people work together.
- Maximize Your Wiring: exploring how all humans are hard-wired to thrive in groups; how your brain has evolved to make you uniquely you; and, tools to maximize that wiring to do your best work and live your best life.
- Expand Your Thinking: explores the art and science of making good decisions. We look at different ways to balance emotions, data, and experience to discern your best role (and response).
- Play to You Audience is the chapter where we explore ways to amplify the essential, brain-based, and improvable skills that allow you to communicate effectively with the people you interact with.
- And in Share Accountability, we’ll explore the vital role of defining what success looks like – in your mind and in those of the people you are trying to lead. Accountability is the critical leadership skill of creating clarity around desired outcomes.