Centered Leadership

21 10 2009

Leadership theories are fascinating.  Here’s the latest from McKinsey researchers.  It’s a refreshing take on contemporary leadership, distilled into 5 key elements:

1) Meaning – coming from your authentic core to lead with creativity and purpose

2) Framing – view situations clearly to avoid downward spirals

3) Connecting – gathering a like-minded tribe

4) Engaging – taking risks, displaying ownership and being adaptive

5) Managing energy – learning to manage energy reserves and tap into flow

What appears to set this framework apart from its predecessors is its significant person- and change-centric approach.  Effective leadership begins with a deep self-understanding, and then radiating that out to the team and the community at large.  This leads to a more joyful, fulfilling and successful life.