Leading with Values, Purpose & Vision

Posted on August 3, 2011


A short history of Values and Leadership in the 20th century

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Engaging people

Human beings are multi-dimensional. They have soul, spirit, head, heart, a will for self realisation, aspirations and physical needs. The way their potential develops depends on how much of those dimensions are called upon and how well they are put into synergy. When you motivate an individual with monetary incentives, ego gratification or promises of pleasure, you only engage a small fraction of their entire potential – and their involvement and performance is of that level only. How can you engage more of your people and, more importantly, how can you put more of yourself, more passionately, more intelligently, more effectively, to work for good? …[read more…]

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Value based leadership

In a world in which ruthless exploitation and competition, self serving behaviours and instability seem to be the norms, value based leadership holds a number of extraordinary promises that any sensible leader would dream of: self managing employees; lesser need for supervision and control; greater respect between people; increased enthusiasm and dedication to the task; service oriented mentalities; more genuine corporate culture; socially responsible and environmentally friendly work practices; reputation of reliability, fairness and honesty; team bonding; more humaneness in relationship; trust and loyalty; enhanced integrity and accountability; enhanced decision making which contributes to the vision whilst building on trust; greater commitment of team members, customers and shareholders; increased flexibility and ‘intelligence’; enhanced performance; better integration work / personal life; clarity of purpose, mission and vision; increased job and personal satisfaction through a deeper sense of meaning; increased self esteem; role modeling in society; potential legacy; etc. The list could be  longer [read more…]

Moments of truth

Stan Slap – the best leaders inspire their teams by bringing their values to work.

The purpose of leadership isn’t to increase shareholder value or the productivity of work teams, though effective leadership does these things. Rather, the purpose of leadership is to change the world around you in the name of your values, so you can live those values more fully and use them to make life better for others. The process of leadership is to turn your values into a compelling cause for others [read more…]

Leadership of People

Max de Pree once compared leadership to being a bus driver whose job is to take people where they want to go – or they get off the bus. In what is now a much more fluid job market, where more and more people acknowledge that they do not leave the organization but they leave their manager, this view will resonate for the many managers who suffer from high staff turnover and loss of talents. Securing the commitment of staff is one of many reasons why modern managers need to understand their people at a deeper level and involve something more than money, incentives, pressure or threats to motivate them [read more…]

Brian Bacon: what is leadership?

The common assumption that you become a leader because you have a name card is a myth: you become a leader because people chose to follow you. It requires trust, integrity and character. Character is essential because at time of failure, people will support someone who has character but they will kick out someone who doesn’t. Character is revealed at the time of obstacles.

Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation – TED talks

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

Shifting the current

Extracts from an interview iwith Brian Bacon published n Fieldnotes, November 2004, Issue 7

Amidst the growing sense of angst and hopelessness we can feel everywhere today, there is an accelerating recognition of the need to find a better way and somehow become part of it. Almost every other day we hear stories about freak hurricanes and other natural disasters, and top scientists are now saying, yes, this is about global warming. People are wondering who is going to turn the tide. Where are the new leaders? People are appalled but feel hopeless and doubt their leader’s ability to do much about it. We are right to be appalled by acts of terrorism, but we shouldn’t be surprised when there are such colossal imbalances in our society [read more…]

Simon Sinek – How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers.

Benjamin Zander – Orchestrating Collaboration

Davos annual meeting on leadership

As a fitting close to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008, participants explore the power of collaborative innovation in a unique exercise with conductor Benjamin Zander. Inspire people to be at their best and make a difference to the world.

Swimming with the sharks

Brian Bacon, Founder and President of Oxford Leadership Academy, discusses values based leadership and the importance of developing an acute sense of ‘self’ in order to be able to hold on to values and integrity in a world dominated by greed and all out competition..

1 – Introduction

2 – The Dolphin and Shark within

3 – Focus and execution

4 – The Shark Attacks

5 – The shadow

6 – Can a shark be successful?

7 – Directing your energy

8 – From thought to personality

9 – Outstanding leaders

10 – Living the truth

11 – How to live my values

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