14 Mar Use of Self as an Instrument of Change
This blog series is dedicated to sharing wisdom gained through my 20 years leading and facilitating large-scale change. My hope is to double the rate of successful sustainable change from today’s dismal 3 out of 10 to a somewhat more acceptable 6 out of 10.
The primary focus of this leadership wisdom series for change leaders, practitioners and sponsors will be the use of self as an instrument of change. At it’s essence effective use of self involves an understanding of how our inner state of being, our presence with others and the actions we take either create the outcomes we desire or the outcomes we hope to avoid.
Change leadership training and consulting typically focuses on knowing and doing and rarely addresses a leaders way of being. If all that was required was knowing and doing the tactics or activities believed to create sustainable change it is likely more than 3 out of 10 efforts would succeed. One reason a leader’s way of being is rarely addressed is because it involves examination of our fears, assumptions, values and beliefs. To do this requires individual strength of character and a teacher or coach who has personally done the work to address his or her own way of being and use of self.
Our exploration of being or use of self will consider mindfulness, authenticity, integrity, accountability, managing emotions, the unconscious, the impact of personality preferences and practices from ancient wisdom traditions.
I hope you will find this leadership wisdom series blog valuable and share it with others.