The 10 A’s of A Great Leader!
The Leader of The Future!
Somebody once said that behind every successful Man is a Woman and to some extent I think this is true. It takes a man to make a decision, but he needs a woman to make the right decision! I focus very much on the Inner Leader so I will translate this to: It demands masculinity to make decisions but it demands femininity to make the right decisions! It demands Leadership as well as Awareness!
The extreme masculinity is primitive. He conquers the world and does not care how. History tells us how they tried to enslave countries and how they failed. The man who knows his feminine qualities, emotions, care and concern and is able to make use of these, is more balanced and has a much greater chance of success in any area of his life! Goes for most of todays female leaders too! This makes a Leader who is much more Aware!
One of the HUGE secrets that people almost NEVER discover because they live unbalanced lives is that in the exact balance between a well developed masculinity and a well developed femininity, miracles will happen. This is called peak experience. Balance is a prerequisite for getting precisely what you want and to reach your goals! In this perfect balance the heart and the mind will open and love, wisdom and natural humor WILL flow! The new paradigm is: Wholeness and Inclusivity.
We need a lot of A’s to be a great Leaders. Or should I say True Alfa’s!
Agenda (or Aim), Awareness, Assertiveness, Action
AGENDA. Having an Agenda for your life and Aiming for this, is crucial if you want Passion – Passion that will get you passionate followers. Finding, having and knowing your ultimate purpose can easily give you so much Passion that you could scare people away, so learn to relax into your Passion when you find it. AIMING for the highest purpose of your life, will set the heading for everything else in your life and become a very valuable guideline.
AWARENESS is important. You have to be totally AWARE – Well that is not quite possible but it is possible to wake up gradually to higher and higher levels of AWARENESS. Most leaders are not even aware what is going on in their own teams. Most leaders act solely from what they THINK is going on in their team! Unfortunately they think that what they think is REAL!
There are multiple levels of AWARENESS. The first is Inner AWARENESS which is an absolute necessity if you want to be able to see the difference between what really is and what only is in your mind. Most people can’t see this difference! The second level of AWARENESS is group AWARENESS and this is where you really get in touch with what is going on in your team or your company or your family. The third level of AWARENESS is the City Limit AWARENESS. You can’t make a decision in your team without considering what effect this has outside your team! The fourth level of AWARENESS is national. What is the interaction between your country and your decision? The fifth level of AWARENESS is global. This is where the techonological development is today so if you don’t pocess global AWARENESS you are far behind! AWARENESS is one of the doorways to CREATIVITY!
ASSERTIVENESS. When I say Assertive I mean positive, Appreciative, respectful and exact communication.
ACTION speaks louder than words! Need I say more!
Mastering these four A’s will make you a more balanced person and give you at least six more A’s to master:
Authority, Attention, Attraction, Admiration, Authenticity, Accountability
AUTHORITY comes from knowing your AGENDA – knowing where you are AIMING, and being totally honest and in sync with all your communication channels. The power of a title only gives you imaginary AUTHORITY. We all know that this kind of AUTHORITY has NO impact al all! A true Leader does not have to claim his AUTHORITY. WISDOM is a big element in AUTHORITY. Knowing your purpose is the key/path to unlock your inner WISDOM. True Authority earned. Not commanded.
ATTENTION is what you get when your communication is precise and with impact
ATTRACTION. The world will come to you when your physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual layers are in sync. When you have done your homework!
ADMIRATION. Well… As true Leaders we don’t need ADMIRATION. That’s why we get it!
AUTHENTICITY. You know that the spoken language is only about 7% of the communication so what about the other 93%? Well, have you heard of bodylanguage? Tone of voice? Gestures? Body posture? If your words communicate one thing and your bodylanguage another and your tone of voice a third… What impact do you think you are making? If ALL your communication channels were transmitting the same message, don’t you think the message would be a lot clearer? You can learn to control your channels but if you are controlling and suppressing a channel which is communicating a different message than the words channel, you just create a new channel that communicates that you are holding something back which could be interpretated as being dishonest. Do the opposite. Learn to understand your channels and your subcommunication. Be totally honest, open and PRESENT!
ACCOUNTABILITY. As true leaders we have stop blaming! We have to get to the point where we return from “It is your fault” to “It is MY responsibility”. In other words: What can I do to help when some one fails. Was it me that did not provide correct information? How did I contribute to failure? Lead and Learn! Which Leader does earn your respect. Him who says: “It is your fault. You need to do better or find another job!” or the one who says: Im sorry. I messed up. Im also to blame here. I will do better next time”…
The Masculine qualities: Agenda, Awareness, Assertiveness and Action in equilibrium with the feminine qualities: Authority, Attention, Attraction, Admiration, Authenticity and Accountability will make you Appreciative, Attentive and Amazing. You will become an: Achiever, Accomplisher, Adventurer, Alchemist and the Author of your own life!
All these A’s describe pretty well what I think should be The Leader Of The Future. The Archetype of a True Leader. I have deliberately left Ambition out of this. Simply because ambition is based on unrecognized needs that weren’t met in childhood – which describes a lot of today’s leaders who has become leaders only because they need to prove to others that they are leaders. Ambition is unbalanced but if you work with your ambition and understand where it comes from, you can easily transform it to PASSION! Which is infectious!
Long ago I stopped believing in political left or ideological right. We need leaders that can lift us up instead of letting us down. The old leader (of his own title!) has come to a dead end in evolution. Leaders who do not act from wholeness which includes opposites, will not make it. The future belongs to the New Leader. The one who knows Leadership and Awareness.
We are at a point in evolution where it is becoming clear that yesterdays solutions ARE today’s problems! Which means that the way we used to solve problems no longer works. It is obsolete. And why?… Simply because evolution until now has allowed us to survive by dividing everything in good or bad. Friend or enemy. Dark and light… Simply becouse the deepest part of our minds and brains are split in two parts, which has been the supreme way of survival until now. But what has been the ultimate way of survival is going to be our enemy tomorrow. Evoultion demands another paradigm. Wholeness rater than division. Evolution is here already, But we are not! We need to learn to act from wholeness. We have to forget everything we know and be open and creative. Are you ready to forget the past and create the future?
This kind of Leadership is a skill every single human being has, but in most people it is still sleeping. Every single human being has the potential to wake up and become The Leader of The Future. The Leader of his or her own life. We can not rely on other people including governments, to make decisions that brings us what we want. We have to do it by ourselves.
This is an Awesome, Awful lot of A’s and in the end there is one very important thing that is more important that A’s: When you master all these A-qualities EMPATHY is yours for FREE!
In short: You can’t lead anything unless you do it from your heart!