As we have seen, the givers that Wharton school of business professor Adam Grant identified, can be very successful. They can’t be dismissed as just “happy hippies”. They are people who seem to operate from a different, positive mindset.
Coach and consultant Danna Beal, in her book The extraordinary workplace, contrasts ego-driven leaders with enlightened leaders who bring their authentic self to work. You can recognize enlightened leaders by their humility (they believe: people are equal), integrity, compassion, trust (that helps to release others’ potential), patience, acceptance, courage (to do what’s right) and vision (of a more positive future).
These virtues were attributed to saints in the past. You don’t expect these words in a business context – which indicates they come from a new mental map for the workplace.
What do you value?
When you describe business leaders, what words would you use? What do you value? What adjectives do your co-workers use when they describe the CEO or other executives?
Thinking of your workplace which of the attitudes and behaviors listed below do you observe?
controls outcomes and people
needs to be right
accepts anyone the way they are
can be wrong
draws respect, listens
Of course, the above lists are polarizations. But when you look around in your reality, what do you see? Many people display a mix of these behaviors. Many of us strive to become our best selves and be authentic leaders guided by “spirit”. But we also need our ego at times – and you might recognize some of those behaviors as well.
This is book post #24 – ME
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