Leadership development starts with developing as a human being. The classical Greek philosophers such as Plato discussed already the properties of being: Beauty, Goodness  & Truth. So, in a way I’m the business of Beauty, Goodness & Truth. As a scientist Truth is the obvious one, and as a leadership scholar Goodness as well, but what about Beauty? I therefore followed…
Benevolence is probably one of the most important antecedents of leadership. Being friendly and having positive intentions towards other people is the conduit of influence. It facilitates trust, communication and absorption of ideas. Strength is also important. One needs to be competent and integer to count on the trust and followership of people. But strength without benevolence…
Being silent has an impact for the good or for the worse. Dave Ulrich made clear in his HR masterclass in Brussels that the loudest feedback is silence. Saying nothing when you ought to speak is approving the other’s bad behavior. But if being silent means that you are listening, nothing but good will happen. Professor Avraham Natan Kluger (2013) from The Hebrew University…
Leadership in 19 thoughts explores a wide variety of leadership aspects. The thoughts are an intermediary consolidation after a year of interviews with leaders, reading, discussing and writing on the subject. The key message of the 19 thoughts is that leadership is like a good story. It provides meaning. Leadership development is never ending story development. 1. If you think…
Social psychology has a number of lessons on leadership as the power of leadership, it's x-factor comes from social influence. Leadership and influence become even more important when 'authority' fails and formal structures and systems get stuck. The last weeks we discussed five sources of influence which can be easily linked to leadership and development. 1) the importance…
"We are phenomenal suckers for flattery," writes Cialdini* in his book on influence. "The information that someone fancies us can be a bewitchingly effective device for producing return liking and willing compliance." Liking is what drives the social media. It's the glue between the zillion tweets, updates & posts. But liking is also in the analogue world an important source…
Isaacs* makes clear that dialogue is about mastering non-evident skills and can be compared with mastering martial arts. In this sense dialogue can serve as focus for lifelong development. He names 4 behavioural capacities: listening, respecting, suspending and voicing. To listen is to develop an inner silence that enables connection and wholeness. Learning to listen begins with…
Phil Harkins book on powerful conversations starts promising*. “All leaders talk. It is the power of their talk that determines whether they win or lose.” Exactly. Harkins is professor and CEO of Linkage Inc., a world leader in leadership & organisation development. What’s the secret of powerful conversations? Harkins sees three outcomes of powerful conversations: advancement…
William Isaacs*, lecturer at MIT Sloan, starts with the same analysis as Phil Harkins: “one of the most fundamental struggles for any leader stems from the separation between who we are as people and what we do as professionals.” This separation is artificial. What we do in private affects how we do in public. How we think does affect how we talk. And vice versa. Isaacs defines…