An International Leadership Association, 2013 Lifetime Achievement award winner, Ralph Stogdill put a fine point on our understanding of leadership, when he said, ”There are almost as many definitions of leadership as there are persons who have attempted to define the concept."
Leadership is a fun word to play with. Without an agreed upon definition it becomes a bucket in which we can toss just about any fad or framework.
We see the phenomena “leadership”. We see one human influence another. We have experienced it from our first days on the planet.
Companies and countries rise and fall. Families and friendships are healed or broken. Innovations and ideas are born and die and all is attributed to leadership.
It’s grown to mean so much to so many that, unfortunately, it has come to mean very little.
A Washington Post article, introduced me to Igor Krupnik, an anthropologist at the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center in Washington. Igor was tasked with verifying the well know myth that Eskimo’s have 50 different words for snow.
After doing the fascinating work of charting the 10 Intuit and Yupik dialects, he discovered that the rumor is in fact, true. For example, the “Inuit dialect spoken in Canada’s Nunavik region has at least 53, including “matsaaruti,” for wet snow that can be used to ice a sleigh’s runners, and “pukak,” for the crystalline powder snow that looks like salt.”
Do you think we may need more words for leadership?
New game: What is your new word for leadership? What would your definition be?
Here are a couple of mine:
Bullership- Using passive-aggressive threats to pressure subordinates to work extra hours to pad their personal numbers.
Posapeeraship - Postively influencing a peer to accomplish a shared objective.
Today I spoke with the leadership group of a major corporation dealing with change management issues. They were rightly concerned with the fact that their people might freak out at a shift in organizational structure and sales processes. Nothing new, I suppose. As I talked with them about dreaming and the effect that it had on imagination and adaptability, it dawned on me that as a society we are anemic in our ability to imagine new possibilities and then design them into our lives.
Imagination, one of the master skills of the 21st century, is woefully underdeveloped virtually across
Can we all agree that our perception of our dreams is distorted when looking through a lense of fear? No one suggests that we whip up a good dose of fear before we try to see things clearly. In fact we know the opposite is true, the University of Minnesota, suggests that fear has the following impact on our brain: Fear can interrupt processes in our brains that allow us to regulate emotions, read non-verbal cues and other information presented to us, reflect before acting, and act ethically. This impacts our thinking and decision-making in negative ways, leaving us susceptible to intense emotions and impulsive reactions.
So if that is true, here is my question. If fear impairs our judgement, how can we tell the difference between a real fear and an imagined one? In other words, how do we find out if there really is a boogie man in the closet?
A key part of any college Psychology 100 class is a brief study of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which is certainly the most widely understood framework for describing human motivation. In case you skipped that class on Maslow, or it’s been awhile, let me offer a quick review.
In the 1940s, Abraham Maslow taught that every human being has five basic human needs. They are as follows:
Physiological - We need to eat, breathe, and sleep. The physiological need is survival. It is powerful and foundational.
Recently joined John Fisher on my first Facebook live. Here we discuss what it looks like to start your own dream manager program. John is a brilliant attorney but more importantly he is a great dream manager!
As the dream manager of Infusionsoft, I empower dreamers. Now when I say dreamers, I mean the Elon Musk, Mother Theresa, Steve Jobs kind of dreamer, not the “annoying brother-in-law with the dead end business idea at a family reunion” kind. I mean those who don’t just imagine, but those who do.
After working with hundreds of dreamers, I have learned that whether your dream is to ride an elephant in Thailand, to play in the U.S. Open or to have your first million-dollar launch, there are patterns for success.
Here are four principles that the real dreamers share.
The incredible Matt Mayberry came to visit us at Infusionsoft in 2015 and wrote this awesome article about our Dream Management program. Thanks Matt!
Click here to check it out!
1. the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
When I meet with Dreamers I truly believe that almost anything is possible (I only say “almost” to satisfy the "realists" in the audience). That means when someone suggests that they want to go to the moon or that they want to become a multi-millionaire, I believe that they have the capacity. If you agree with me that we all have the capacity, then having the capacity to do something really doesn’t make you all that special. It’s kind of like Margret Mead said, “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”