When I think about ‘Sound Leadership’ I think about sound decision-making.
Those moment-to-moment decisions, and inner thoughts that direct.
Thoughts that direct you, or direct your communication, the way you think about your day, your people, your goals, your outcomes, your responsibilities, and your relationships. (It’s a lot really – when you think about it)!.
If I take it a little further, I think about good habits (sound habits), good practices (sound practices), and good outcomes, (sound outcomes) – that which is solid, that which has depth, and tenure, and that lasts.
Someone setting out on their leadership journey may be light on their experience, yet big on their energy and at the same time eager to ensure they have a ‘good’ reputation as a leader.
Someone more seasoned in people leadership may be strong on self-expression and good at decision-making, yet, they have less energy than they used to, or are less patient to be present and work through things, or share their experiences.
From my experiences working boots on the ground with leaders every day, (past 26 years or so), the aspiration is of course to have a reputation for being a good leader. A sound leader. One that makes good decisions, and makes the right and best choices. This is a noble direction and one that is a lot of work. In the end, in my view, it is an outcome of having a particular approach. Taking it further, the approach comes from mindset.
So in a nutshell, I’d have to conclude that Sound Leadership is a series of mindsets. Decisions are made daily to hold and operate from a particular mindset. Values may be deeply held, but the mindset gives you responsiveness at the moment. (More on that in other material).
What I’ve seen work, is adopting foundational mindsets that hold strong in most conditions. No matter what the circumstances.
If you think about the ocean for a second. The weather may be windy and the sea choppy, but the deeper you dive down into the water, the calmer it is.
The weather may be calm on top, and dive deep down into the water, and it’s calm also. I feel that sound leadership is similar to this. That when the core or the foundation of your leadership comes from a deep place, no matter what the circumstances are that you face, you can hold fast and you can be the solid steady hand in high-stakes situations.
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Working with us is an exploration of layers and depths. We often go deep and wide as we explore the day-to-day experience of our clients, who are in leadership roles.
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I’d like to leave you pondering this, does the idea of being a more masterful and sound leader – sit well with you?
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