As we approach year-end many of us are beginning to look ahead to the new year.
Difficult economic times provide unique opportunities. In such times, everything we have learned and everything we value is called upon to navigate the challenges we face. Our experiences, victories, mistakes - and most of all - our values, are all called upon. And in a sense, put to the test.
It's sort of like taking a final exam in leadership graduate school. It is therefore a wonderful opportunity to set the course for the future of our leadership style and effectiveness.
I don’t remember much from my 10th grade geometry class. But I do remember a word we learned and its meaning (because it’s simple).
The word is “congruent.”
In geometry two figures are congruent if they have exactly the same shape and the same size. For example, two triangles are congruent if their corresponding sides are equal in length and their corresponding angles are equal in size.
Then and only then are they congruent; they are the same.
What in the fat does this have to do with leadership?
In the current economic climate there are many people who are experiencing career transitions. Some of these transitions are voluntary – people are seeking a new career opportunity or alternate career path. Other transitions are involuntary and even can come as a surprise in the midst of an otherwise stable career.
There are also transitions in volunteer positions. Some are cyclical (new board member every two years, etc.) and others are the result of personal interest and a desire to get involved in volunteer opportunities.
There are a variety of styles that people use to accomplish objectives when leading teams of people – whether the teams are large or small.
Two styles, in particular, are worth a brief review. These are essentially opposite styles, each with corresponding outcomes. Due to space limitations, this week we will examine one of them: the “control” style of leadership.