High Performance Leadership
Always on display -- physically, mentally, emotionally, even spiritually -- a leader’s inner alignment is reflected in the environment of his/her organization. Therefore, a leader’s ability to maintain personal balance amidst the multi-layered challenges of the workplace can mean the difference between an organization swerving about in chaos, or operating effectively with confidence and harmony. Soon upon entering the path of leadership, or perhaps many years down the road, a leader inevitably discovers that certain personal skills need to be strengthened -- others developed from scratch. Roundstone responds to the needs, hopes and expectations of organizational heads when they wisely recognize that learning continues no matter where one stands in the corporate structure.
21st Century Leadership
Our fundamental premise at Roundstone International is that leadership arises from personal wholeness and authenticity. We define wholeness as the convergence of every fundamental quality that makes us as effective as possible. Personal power is rooted in authenticity -- the capacity to open fully to our confidence as well as our reservations. Authenticity implies the ability not only to contribute our strengths, but also to recognize and accept our weaknesses. As leaders, we must share the vibrancy of what we create but also take responsibility for what we limit, suppress, or fear.
It’s important to realize that leaders are not just found at the top of the organizational chart. Leaders live on every rung of a network’s ladder and are looked to for direction simply because they possess qualities and characteristics that appeal to others. There was a time when leadership was defined by brute power and authority. Today, leadership is a state of active consciousness that consists of three interconnected parts: body, presence and language. When these parts are in balance, they spawn the capacity to be a a true leader.
Three Essentials Of Leadership
Body is the most tangible aspect of leadership. It indicates all observable behaviors, personal well-being, self-discipline and embodiment of daily practices. The body also feels and thus reflects emotion. Our bodies communicate how we feel about each other, the future and ourselves. Our bodies reflect when we are triggered and when we are present. When our words say one thing and our bodies say another, the dissonance creates distrust and uncertainty.
Language is the conduit through which ideas come to life. The way leaders speak about the world opens, or closes, possibilities for action. That’s why leaders cultivate the ability to use language in order to inspire others. They tell stories that allow people to formulate new beliefs, moods and ways to act. Awareness of what we say is essential to building trust. And true leaders understand that a few ill-chosen words can damage the future within seconds. To learn the power of language is to speak new possibilities into existence.
Presence is an elusive quality that attracts other people because it allows true connection. Presence is defined as "the ability to stay present," and leaders must master practices such as grounding, clarity, and discernment in order to remain fully present—even in difficult and challenging situations. A well-developed presence lets a leader move freely, effectively and with authenticity.