Why New Age leaders lead from the heart...
Leadership is undergoing a rebirth of sorts. A new age. A transformation within that has been fuelled by incessant transformation without.
Leaders of today and of the future are not just expected to do more with less. They’re also required to constantly adapt to profound ambiguity, as systems, structures and processes morph mercilessly around them. These ever-shifting sands have brought with them unprecedented levels of complexity, uncertainty and stress.
Successful New Age leaders know that within this constantly reconfiguring existence, their only true control lies in developing how they and, by extension, their teams respond to this ambiguity. To achieve this, the essence of effective leadership is shifting. From mind-centered to one rooted in compassion. One centered in the heart.
Predicting how the winds of change will impact an organization in future is little more than a shot in the dark. Predictability has become a quaint and fading thing.
Organizations are becoming increasingly aware that their future success is tied to creating highly-adaptive teams. Ones that can flex to change and ambiguity in real time. Teams underpinned by emotional safety, co-creativity, spontaneity and envisioning are quickly becoming an organization's most potent competitive advantage. In fact, without this, these organizations will eventually cease to be.
Organizations are becoming increasingly aware that their future success is tied to creating teams that can flex to change and ambiguity in real time.
This new paradigm of success lies on the emotional level. And only heart-centered leadership can make this happen.
As Daniel Goleman notes in his article Master the Four Styles of Resonant Leadership,
“Leaders have the power to impact the emotional states of people around them. They can have a positive effect, pulling everyone onto the same upbeat wavelength. Or, they can create dissonance, where their negativity bumps up against the emotions of others.”
Heart-centred leadership engenders trust and emotional safety. Heart-centered leaders understand that one must be both emotionally-resilient and emotionally-resonant. As Goleman goes on to say,
“Resonant leaders use their emotional intelligence to direct the feelings to help a group meet its goals”.
Heart-centered leadership creates the foundation for a team to come together as a self-sustaining, fully creative, and resilient entity. One that faces the future with a solutions-focused optimism.
To this end, leaders must invest in their own emotional growth so that they can model for their teams a clarity and calm in spite of uncontrollable external change.
Heart-centered leadership creates the foundation for a team to come together as a self-sustaining, fully creative, resilient entity that faces the future with a solutions-focused optimism.