What Is Connected Leadership and why does it matter?

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My personal purpose is to let my light shine in order to help people thrive and reach their full potential.

I believe that we must thrive in order to unleash the creativity (head), compassion (heart) and courage (gut) required to work together to navigate the complex challenges of our times.

Feeling connected is key to thriving. The concept of Connected Leadership acts as a “north star” for leading through the challenges of the current business climate, with the forces of volatility, uncertainty, complexity & ambiguity compounding and accelerating.

My understanding of Connected Leadership is continually evolving. I believe that the concept of Connected Leadership acts as a vital “north star” for leading through the challenges of the current business climate, with the forces of volatility, uncertainty, complexity & ambiguity compounding and accelerating.

I want to share my current thinking around the concept of Connected Leadership. This thinking continues to evolve and builds on the work of Harold Jarche.

Connected Leaders are grounded in a strong connection to themselves, others and the “bigger picture”.

Element #1 – A strong connection to themselves…

Connected Leaders have a high level of self-awareness and are clear on their “why”, their values and strengths. They are very clear on their personal purpose and this purpose acts as a daily guide. They feel comfortable dealing with ambiguity and complexity. They have the skills and confidence to handle the discomfort of “not knowing”. They are able to resist the pull of simplistic solutions when navigating complex, adaptive challenges. They harness and combine their head, heart and gut intelligence. They recognise and resist “busy work” and make time for important work.

Element #2 – A strong connection to others…

Connected Leaders are fantastic listeners and seek to understand before seeking to be understood. They work and learn out loud. They test their ideas with others and share things that would be helpful and do not let fear of judgement hold them back. They use compassion, empathy, transparency and trust to influence networked people. They hold space instead of taking up space. They are comfortable with vulnerability. They understand the importance of kindness. They build and nurture a strong network to stay informed about relevant issues and innovations within their industries and in the broader landscape. They have a tribe of trusted people and use this tribe as a source of energy and inspiration.

Element #3 – A strong connection to the “bigger picture”…

Connected Leaders are critical thinkers and highly curious. They are continually seeking, sensing, sharing, listening and scanning the horizon. They are also systems thinkers. and have a good level of awareness of the systems in which they operate and have a clear understanding of the roles within that system. They recognise patterns to make better decisions. They have the skills to talk about cultural forces in a way that keeps them out of the “too hard basket”. They can recognise and describe the cultural forces that help or hinder the strategic aspirations of an organisation. They talk openly about the “unspoken rules of play” in a constructive and kind way. They possess the wisdom and the peace of mind to hold all of this, whist maintaining a healthy perspective on what is really important.

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