A few weeks back I shared with you that we were excited to bring to you the thoughts of world class leadership coach Irene Rivka Becker. It has taken a while for Irene to organize her schedule to post here on develop a leader dot com but here it is her first post. We wanted to introduce this post to you directly because it presents such a strong argument for the need for leadership development that we could not resist the opportunity to provide some commentary. Irene couples the thoughts of well known leadership theorists, authors and real world leaders into a well written argument. I have been writing about, studying and applying leadership concepts for over two decades now and it makes me want to sign up to learn more about how to lead.
This post is split into two parts the first the argument, the second the model of leadership development Irene has successfully deployed with leaders around the world. You will find the follow up on July 4th. I hope you will enjoy reading this article as much as I did
Developing your 3Q Advantage
The imperative to build and sustain greater personal, inter-personal and business leadership is not important, it is critical. And, yet most of us would agree that at a time when our access to knowledge, information, technology and training are unsurpassed in human history, leadership is conspicuous in its absence.● “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” Warren Bennis, Leadership Expert, Harvard Professor, Author
The enormous body of research around leadership clearly demonstrates that while the rare individual is born with the qualities of a leader, the vast majority of people learn to lead.
However, learning to lead in a rapidly changing world, a flat and increasingly competitive workplace, marketplace and society means learning to see our strengths and our challenges, our stressors and turning points, our most difficult transitions or crises with new eyes.●”The real source of wealth and capital in this new era is not material things. it is the human mind, the human spirit, the human imagination, and our faith in the future.” Steve Forbes, Editor and Chief of Forbes Magazine, CEO Forbes Inc.
Why are new eyes important? Because what worked in the past will be ineffective in the present or future. Our unsurpassed access to knowledge, information, technology and training alone cannot help us actualize greater leadership. Engaging the power of our human spirit, imagination and faith in the future demands new eyes.
Leadership used to be defined by the ability to control and master the mode of production, but we are now living in a new world where the catalyst for business success is human creativity, potential, action-ability, effectiveness. Inspiring, motivating and leading the best in ourselves.●”Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, Co-Founder of Pixar Animation Studios
The new leaders and those who aspire to greater leadership in their work and their lives need to develop three core strengths, three important competencies I call the Q strengths. Competencies that help them see differently, see more, and see farther while actualizing the ability to create the vision, inspire, engage and lead the action that will take them forward, faster and better than ever before.What are these Q strengths? They are strengths I discovered in my personal and professional journey. Strengths that have helped me, and have helped my clients live, lead and succeed to purpose. Strengths that drive human passion, purpose and potential in the face of the multiplicity of changes, challenges, stressors and crises we face. They are the strengths of pioneers who refuse to settle for complacency or mediocrity, and strive to open a new pathway, a powerful pathway to their greatest potential while inspiring others to do the same. They are the catalyst for the mind share, the heart share that drives market share.
In part two of this post you will learn about the three Q’s that Irene has discovered and their importance in your development as a leader.