The New Method To Becoming A True Leader

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Conceptually, the Positive Impact Model removes the boundaries between soft skills and hard skills in that the value in any given situation is in the applied knowledge and the continuous learning process.

Leading is not telling or teaching. It's taking a lead with how to think, feel and act in a way that role models and helps others improve. Conceptually, the Positive Impact Model removes the boundaries between soft skills and hard skills in that the value in any given situation is in the applied knowledge and the continuous learning process.

Being conscious and mindful of constantly applying new knowledge within self and in an organisation creates a momentum for progression. This is the leading dynamic of innovators and advanced thinkers. To do what has been done before is to follow. True leadership breaks new ground and makes sense of the new so that others can follow.

Being aware and conscious of the process means you can develop your leadership capacity as an applied skill, which translates into creating and increasing your own marketable value.

While knowing the competences that create value for yourself or your customer is useful, actually actively applying them is where the true positive change happens. Being aware and conscious of the process means you can develop your leadership capacity as an applied skill, which translates into creating and increasing your own marketable value. This is not just creating a personal brand image in the conventional sense of the term, but creating yourself as an authentic product and service where your leadership ability speaks for itself in how you conduct yourself and how you appear to others. You will never need to sell yourself. If you find yourself in that situation, it means you are presenting yourself to the wrong customer.

As a framework, the Positive Impact Model takes self-reflection and mindfulness as a given. Without them personal development cannot take place. Using a hierarchy of criteria, the model determines the value and impact of particular behaviours, skills and strategies. Leading is bringing all of these into action all the time. While initially challenging, this becomes much easier with practice. With a focus on progression, any actions that used to cause friction soon become old habits and the competences become new habits, performed automatically. Thought patterns are habitual as much as physical actions. As new neural pathways strengthen, the ones that are no longer used are trimmed by the brain. This process increases momentum further and speeds up the development and ultimately, the value creation process.

Become conscious of what is different and what is new in any given situation and then look at how that changes things. 

The first step is becoming aware of new information, knowledge or facts. This is the skill of being curious. The origin of the word is cure. Without curiosity there is no cure or solution. When asked by a journalist how he remained motivated to draw the same characters again and again, street artist Keith Haring explained how every time was like the very first time. He never felt a repetition, his mind was on a new message and meaning, not the repeated lines from the brush. Become conscious of what is different and what is new in any given situation and then look at how that changes things. If you cannot understand the change then you haven't yet fully understood the dynamics. Reflect further or pause and return to ponder. Often, your subconscious mind will provide the insights later.

Having understood the immediate situation, consider the impact in other areas. The butterfly effect is a wonderful illustration of this. There's an impact somehow and somewhere, if you are curious enough to investigate. You will find it and it will be illuminating for you as you realise your learnings. Interestingly, you'll find you are already doing this but not consciously. Bringing it into your conscious mind enables you to become more purposeful in your application of what you are learning. With that comes the ability to express your wisdom to others. This is the part that most people see in leaders, however, all too often what is expressed is not wisdom and not based on learnings.

As you apply your wisdom, you change the situation and this starts the process again. In strategy theory, this is in congruence with the TOTE model (Test, Operate, Test, Exit).

The final step is applying your own wisdom in how you make decisions and act. This step is observable by others and creates your image which is authentic when you are aligned to your values. As you apply your wisdom, you change the situation and this starts the process again. In strategy theory, this is in congruence with the TOTE model (Test, Operate, Test, Exit). Your result becomes the input and the process starts again. Each time, you create a micro-change and improvement which means you are in a constant state of learning and development.

True leadership comes from mastering this entire flow of creating and applying wisdom which helps yourself and others. Using the Positive Impact Model you can perform this process with precision and on purpose.

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