In my book "Leaders: diamonds or cubic zirconia" (1998) I quote the people interviewed as stressing the first building block for a leader is for a person to recognise that they have a leadership responsibility and, coupled with this, to have the self confidence to acknowledge they are not always right and so a preparedness to enlist help from others and to apologise when they are wrong.
Both of these are activities that are possible because the leader has moved away from the red zone of anxiety to the blue zone of courage (see http://thesuccesszone.com/). They are characteristics of Third Generation Leadership and of 3G Leaders.
Other characteristics of Third Generation Leadership and 3G Leaders are:
- they engage with others rather than seeking to obtain obedience or compliance
- they are collaborative and facilitative
- they encourage growth and self directed learning by everyone
- they respect other people even if they are not receiving respect in return
- they invite questions and discussion
- they ask questions with a view to helping others find their own solutions
- they listen to help others engage with their own or shared solutions
- they are totally non discriminatory in thought, word and action
Because of these characteristics, 3G Leaders are able to create environments in which people feel:
- emotionally safe
- unconditionally respected
- believed in as individuals
- listened to
and these are the critical conditions for people to be engaged not only with what they do but also with those they are doing it with. These are the optimal conditions for organisational and personal success.
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