What's needed, then, is a way of being so that action, based on commitments or guiding principles, can be taken without hesitation. The result is an opportunity to truly connect with and generate amazing accomplishments with others.
In order for your leadership style with no style to evolve, a few things must be revealed and practiced:
Stand: What do you stand for? Being clear and open about values with peers, employees and leaders defines boundaries. It also helps people enroll into the vision of what's possible and what's being generated. It invites a change in the conversation from, "What are our tasks?" to "What are we about?" and "What is being created?" As the conversation turns we realize that heretofore impossible outcomes are possible.
Awareness: When you show up, what comes with you? How are you operating in the world of work and your personal life? Ever notice how they seem to bleed together, even though we all say, "It's just business." More accurately it might be said, "It's all about me." Noticing how you are being gives insight into how well you are operating within your values. Without noticing, there's no way to understand what might be holding you back from achieving your vision.
Courage: Courage is acting in the face of fear. Identifying what keeps you from operating at your best self is key to truly operating from a place of commitment and action versus reaction. Notice, courage is not the absence of fear but understanding what's behind the fear, taking care of the cause, and consciously taking action in spite of it.
Compassion: Everyone is suffering. Understanding and internalizing that fact can lead us to create space where people can operate at their best and be enrolled into achieving the vision. Demonstrating compassion is not turning a blind eye to poor performance, insubordination, or the like. Demonstrating compassion is about applying positive intent to understanding what's behind the poor performance and taking appropriate action.
Vulnerability: As a leader, taking responsibility for being uncertain and making mistakes coupled with asking for and incorporating appropriate team feedback, is a sure way to encourage risk taking and empowering teams. The effect is multiplied when you demonstrate compassion.
Practice: Having a style without style is counter cultural. You will feel a pull, back toward your comfort zone. It will be easy to revert back to whatever you did before however stressful. 'The style that perhaps produced incremental progress but never the outstanding performance that fully realized the vision.
No joke, it's hard to develop a style with no style. There will be obstacles to explore and lots of opportunities to backslide into whatever everyone else is doing. The payoff off is leadership from a place of "this is how I am as a person," or being versus applying a model or structure learned in a workshop and soon forgotten. How valuable would that be? What would be the ripple effects of that style in your home life, financial life, and spiritual life?
What your thoughts?