Why Responsive Leadership?
Because an increasingly volatile and complex environment requires more responsive leaders with a people-centered mindset, capable of listening and responding to the needs of their clients and employees. They have to know how to involve and empower their teams to improve their productivity and create work environments that promote collaboration and continuous learning. They must be able to easily adapt to changing circumstances and lead with a clear and meaningful vision.
Becoming a Responsive Leader requires an internal change of the person because we can only develop new behaviors if we have previously challenged and changed our habitual ways of thinking and functioning.
If there is one thing that we have learned through working with our clients and developing our own leadership capabilities it is that the route for becoming a more effective leader is never direct. It involves unlearning and relearning, making mistakes, revisiting territory through which we thought we had already passed, and being prepared to do so over and over again.
Becoming a more responsive leader starts with deepening our understanding of ourselves and how our minds work. The deeper you take that understanding, and the more comfortable you are with who you are, the more grounded and effective you will be, wasting less time on ineffective thoughts and behavior.
It's a process that takes intentionally carving out reflection time, doing personal work, a good dose of humility and a determination to keep practicing.
Our partnership has been about this journey – it began with our mutual commitment to ongoing learning and is fueled by our desire to see our clients and each other grow in responsive ways.