Friday, February 14, 2014

The “VALENTINE” Principles of Leadership

Leadership is not a Formula, but there're Principles Underlining it. 

It is a Valentine’s Day while both the terms "Leadership" and "Love" appear to have a large variety of meanings, what is a correlation between them? Is leadership love or fear? Is leadership good, neutral, or evil? Is love an element of leadership? Or is Leadership a type of Universal Love? Although leadership is not a formula, the principles underlining may help refine its essential. Here are the “VALENTINE” principles of leadership to celebrate the Valentine Day!

V-Vision: A leader makes sense, leading with a realistic, credible, positive, attractive and innovative vision, directly related to defining the current and future challenges and knowing what you are looking for; clarity about the issues, people, goals, culture, and stakeholders that support success is critical to fit. A leader needs to be able to synthesize his/her vision of the future from multiple information; communicate vision, personify and act out his/her vision consistently; be constant in vision and behaviors via confidence, teamwork, decisiveness, speed, empowerment, integrity, contemporary, and clarity.

A-Authenticity: The ultimate magnetic and articulate leader is with an air of absolute confidence, drive, sense of purpose, peace, trust, empathy and respect. Respect and Humility are core to respecting oneself, not meaning narcissism but a deeper understanding of oneself and how you, in turn, interact with the world not just subordinates and peers. They are persuasive, visionary, versatile and reflective, with strong character.

L-Love: That’s the theme of Valentine Day, What do leaders love? The vision?  The promise? The belief, people or the ideology? For sure, leaders are driven by passion and love of something. True leadership's basis is freedom and liberty. While both the terms "Leadership" and "Love" appear to have a large variety of meanings, there are more differences and diversity in understanding the meaning of leadership:
-Is leadership a process or a trait? 
-Is leadership neutral to good or evil? 
-Is mass leadership different from corporate leadership? 
-Is leadership position or influence?
-Is love or fear element of leadership?
-Is purpose of leadership to fulfill Universal Love?

E-Emotional Intelligence (EQ): There is increasing evidence that EQ plays a significant part in leadership roles, the test and best of leadership comes during times of change and crisis when people are most vulnerable. It is that connection at the emotional level which helps a team find the courage and gain acceptance, changing a culture from fear and doubt into planning and action. The EQ skills (self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, social skills) are core personal competencies and core social competencies

N-Nature: It’s about Integrity, Authenticity, and Grit (the ability to persist when others give up). Natural leaders tend to be bold,  profound, energetic, yet responsible. They have natural magnetism: looks, communication, and intelligence (both, what they say and how they say). Nature leaders are both shapeable & shapeless, their thoughts are deep as nature valley, their vision are also curvilinear; they are out of box thinker, as nature is out of box, to dig nature & the world through insight, such leadership embraces the thickness of nature colors and theme of nature diversity, they touch both heart and mind, spirit and beings. 

T: Transformational: Transformational leaders (or some call extraordinary leaders) who inspire with vision, engage with teams, focus on higher order intrinsic needs and raised consciousness about the significance of specific outcomes and new ways in which those outcomes might be achieved. Such leaders tend to appear when the opportunity meets preparation. They are strategic, systems thinker; passionate inquisitive learner/student (not arrogant); they understand that a title does not make him/her a leader to create an environment where people are self-motivated and can contribute, take pride in their work and have joy in learning.

I –Innovation: The leader actively looks for opportunities to disrupt the status quo and inspire others to come aboard to drive the business to a new destination. This collaborative high-wire balancing act is the essence of leading successful change.Einstein said "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to live a life for others as this is a life worthwhile. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them and a person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."

N -Nimbleness: In order to grow more change, resilient organizations need to create a culture in which 'failure' is a required management skill. Change is inevitable. To maintain forward momentum we can be nimble and drive change or we can respond successfully to rapidly changing circumstances. In both instances, we move into uncharted territory where failure is not only inevitable but is a necessary component of successful change. Leaders need to be able to communicate why change is needed for their organization. It starts with why- how will it benefit the leaders, the organization as a whole, the customers etc. It sounds basic but often this is overlooked.

E –Empathy. This capacity to understand others enables leaders to “deal with conflict”, “build and facilitate relationships”, “motivate people by understanding their needs and values” (1) Inspiration (2) Motivation (3) Guidance of .authentic, transformational leadership. Empathy is also a crucial ingredient in Cross-Cultural Management.
(1) Cultural Sensitivity, Cognizant and Wisdom  (2) Global Connectivity (3) Responsiveness: Contingency leadership. The empathic leader will also be insightful based on the mix of intuition, experience and knowledge, knowledge of self, team and the environment, they take democratic approach mixed with empathy for others and their contribution and packaged with assertion to get the job done

“VALENTINE” principles of leadership just provide the “love” angle of  perceiving leadership, it is of course not one size fits all formula, there are so many great elements in leadership such as Strength, conviction, persistence, humility, drive, steadiness, conscientiousness, influence, and maturity, etc. Contemporary leadership is a complex practice in today’s hyper-connected world. Love is a key ingredient in ultra-modern leadership, and one of the ultimate leadership goals is in pursuit of Universal Love.


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