A Leader Should Do What He Likes

A leader should be happy at his job. This is important to the organization, also as a matter of efficiency. An unhappy leader will not optimize the organization. It’s also a matter of self-efficacy. As a leader, you should be convinced that you do your job very well. This way you can authentically lead and Read the full article…

Everyone Wants You to Be ‘the Best’!

Fortunately, people are easily satisfied. Human perfection lives in imperfection. In the first place in a leader. A leader can hold on to the idea that everything he does is ‘perfect’ anyway, just because he simply is the leader. Such a character accepts no contradiction because that would undermine his leadership position. Clearly: if the Read the full article…

Difficulties are Solved. Challenges are Taken Up.

One stumbles over a difficulty. One jumps over a challenge. The difference between difficulty and challenge is larger than simply a new name for more or less the same. E.g. a white sheet of paper for the writer of this text or for a business plan: difficulty or challenge…? Difficulties cross your path, initializing the Read the full article…

The Leader and the Boss

A boss shouts, even when he listens. A leader listens, even when he talks. In ‘Open Leadership’ philosophy we look in an open way at the total person of the leader as well as of his co-workers. We are interested in the conscious thinking AND the non-conscious thinking in as far as we can get Read the full article…

A ‘Sorry’ from the Leader

A heartfelt ‘sorry’ is above all a sign of respect for others and for oneself. We will not discuss a direct personal fault of the leader him/herself. We will rather talk about a fault committed within any given organisation(al context) that justifies a ‘sorry’. It might have been a structural fault in the past. Popping-up Read the full article…

Leaders are People Who Inspire Other People

Be careful with ‘quick and dirty motivation’ instead of thorough inspiration. Being thrown does not equal flying. According to ‘positive thinking’, the following is simple: the right mental attitude is a positive attitude. How to attain this? Well, by a positive attitude. This principle seems to imply that everyone who does not think positively must Read the full article…

Difference between Motivation and Manipulation

Motivation originates in the heart of the motivated. All the rest is manipulation. The human psyche is not a box of building blocks. On the contrary. It is a hugely complex ‘organ’ that is, in addition, constantly moving. We are only partly aware of this. That explains why it sometimes resembles a box of building Read the full article…

Transformant Leadership

Tolerate chaos. Try to use it to achieve a new, better order than before. An important function of a leader is to supply openness for change. Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the promised land. Almost every election is about ‘change!’. Not only because what there is now would not be good, but because Read the full article…

Manage Time so that Time Doesn’t Manage You

Return to your co-workers ‘my time’ as what it has always been and will always be: my time. Take care that at the same time it also becomes your time. A thin booklet on time management costs 5 Euros. If I read this through, I have as much information as on one day of ‘workshop’. Read the full article…

Without Feedback No Rocket Gets to the Moon

Even on a regular office day, EVERYTHING can be seen as feedback, which you in your turn can react to as feedback. This way everything becomes one big school of life. There are 2 ways to look at feedback: 1) Feedback is the glue that keeps everything together. Without feedback, things are not tuned in Read the full article…

Compromis-cuity

A compromise in which both parties ‘give in’ is often a lose/lose situation in the long term, then more and more so in the short term, before getting stuck. Both parties water the wine. Result: watery wine. When you do this time and time again, eventually there will be people who think that wine tastes Read the full article…

Work-Life (in the) Balance

Work-life balance may not be the best start if it brings more emphasis on a divide between both. For ages and until relatively recently people had only a ‘life’. ‘Work’ was what you had to do to stay alive within that life. At times, one had to work really hard… still it wasn’t ‘work’ as Read the full article…

A Bully is Not an Open Leader

A bully is not open to ‘total human being’. He is not respectful. He is not free towards himself nor towards others. [see also: ‘From Bullishness to Leadership’] Enumerating the above and other ‘elements’ of bullying, is enumerating – in the negative – the ethics of Open Leadership. Contrary to the latter, a ‘bully leadership Read the full article…

The Improvisational Leader

Being ‘improvisational’ is more than improvising now and then. It’s a continuous action as the scene develops like a jam session. Latin ‘im-pro-visus’ = un-fore-seen, not having made preparations for… New situations arise and people look at you, the leader, for a solution. It’s a leader’s job to be improvisational. You improvise ‘in the moment’. Read the full article…

Open Leadership Diminishes Alienation

Karl Marx found in capitalism a huge source of workers’ alienation. It’s still a huge issue at present, if not more than ever. Open Leadership de-alienates. Alienation, briefly: not being in deep contact. Since any true contact with anything / anyone starts from deep and goes to deep, one may say that this is primarily Read the full article…

Spiritual Leadership

Enthusiasm: theos = ‘god’. | Inspiration: spirit = ‘deeper mind’. ‘Spiritual leadership’ is what leadership has always been about. Consciousness unexplained Since ages, people have sought explanations for that what comes from their deeper self into consciousness – what one is consciously aware of – . No mental conscious content (thought, feeling, emotion…) originates in Read the full article…

Less Control is More Control

The urge to control can seem like an addiction. Though it is obvious that an addict, on the contrary, has lost all control! ‘Knowledge is power.’ It has always been like that and it will forever remain so. What is changeable is the meaning of these words. Does ‘knowledge’ solely contain information or does it Read the full article…

Authority?

‘Authority’: a word that divides many, may bring many back together. Not as a matter of fact though. The situation and an appeal to some caution Authority can be seen as always personal. For example, the ‘authority of scripture’ is the authority of those who command scripture to be authoritative. To some, ‘authority’ is nothing Read the full article…

An Open Leader Is a Listener

The importance of authentic communication is boundless. You know the difference between verbal and nonverbal communication. The former consists of words. The latter is everything else. A more subtle difference exists between the conceptual and the non-conceptual. The first category deals with everything that is easily converted into concepts The second category deals with the Read the full article…

Two Pats on the Back, Better than One?

Study in US: encouragement helps 98% of the people surveyed to get to better results at work. ‘To encourage’ = ‘to put heart into.’ Literally. You recognize herein the French word ‘coeur’. It has to do with ‘the heart’. It is not just a sentence stumbled out quickly, not your shoulder pat itself that is Read the full article…

Vision!

A coach and a leader have in common what is perhaps their main asset: the ability to ‘see what no other has seen before’, a future that is at the same time personal and universal. [Note: this is not an easy text.] This is not about eye-vision of course. In the coach’s case it may Read the full article…

Motivational Team-Leading?

Motivational speakers, team-building events… Cheering up the crowd… It can all seem superficial. An open leader looks further. Such ‘energizing’ is not necessarily effective in motivating the workforce. It may even be a de-motivating surrogate out of want for real motivation, construed precisely to ignore the real problems at the workplace. In any case, synthetic Read the full article…

Open Vision on Leadership

Leadership is created and supported at a deeper level by all the members of a group, including the leader him/herself. ‘Leadership’ is not only a very common human concept, it is also a very remarkable one. Humans are, beyond any doubt, social beings. For as long as we can remember, literally, we have been living Read the full article…

A Leader’s Anxiety

As a leader, you are always closer to a feeling of anxiety. As a leader, you look more than others into uncharted territories. There you encounter the unknown, which always brings nearer the unknown within oneself, the principally not knowable within oneself, the own part of psyche that one is not conscious of. Psychologist C.G. Read the full article…

Is Competition Out?

‘Caring competition’ is a competition between people’s actions and competences, not between their dignities. Competition is natural. That doesn’t mean that an aggressive struggle is intrinsically good. I dare say it’s not. Even if it were all-pervasive in nature – which it is not – within human society we better transcend it. We humans have Read the full article…

Why Motivation Doesn’t Work… and What Does.

Deep motivation is invitation, no push nor pull. Ancient Greeks talked about ‘willing obedience’. Knowledge about this was deemed to be the quintessential leadership quality. As indeed it is. It’s also the issue that ‘leaders’ have the most difficulty with and questions about. How do I motivate these people who do not want to listen? Read the full article…

Building Consensus at the Level of Deep Motivation

Superficial consensus may create resentment. Deep consensus brings people closer to each other… … as well as to their own true motivation. Building consensus is about finding true motivations. What motivates people may be quite different from what they think to be deeply important to them. Much research points to this fact. For instance, at Read the full article…

There is Still a Dire Need for More Empathy in Leadership

Good leadership is mostly defined as empathic, yet we frequently end up with a non-empathic, ‘coercive’ one. May this be related to ignoring the unconscious? Although a lot of science proves the importance of the unconscious, to many it is ‘the alien inside’, which provokes anxiety when there is even a possibility to have to Read the full article…

How to Become a Strongly Empathic Leader

Empathy gets wrongly confused with weakness. What we need is strong empathy. Empathy can be defined as understanding and sharing another person’s feelings and emotions, accompanied by a desire for action and while not canceling your own personality. It comes frequently together with integrity, authenticity and humility. Empathy is not a weakness. To constantly take into Read the full article…

Leadership IS Meditation

Giving attention to the broader picture without losing the value of the concrete: meditation and leadership have much in common. Management is about getting one’s own thoughts as well as those of others clearly and efficiently together. Leadership is about letting these thoughts not get in the way of discerning the ‘broad picture.’ The main Read the full article…

Transforming a Group into a Team through Open Leadership

There is much more positive energy in a team than in a mere group of people. Building a team may be your biggest key to success. It’s hard to pinpoint when a group becomes a team. Yet it’s important for any organization, even at a big scale. Is Europe a group of countries or a Read the full article…

Deciding Together, a Leader Gains Responsibility

When the decision has informally been made, the leader says what will be done. At least, this is the preferred scenario of Open Leadership. Taking a decision together with others. Being able to really listen to another person. Empathy is an art. What do others want and what do they really want? The latter may Read the full article…

How to give positive feedback as a leader

Good feedback is informative as well as motivational. This is as important as it is not straightforward . You want your feedback to be accurate and motivating. You may also want to learn from the feedback that you give. How is it received? How may it lead to constructive feedback towards you? Do you see Read the full article…

Build Your Team through Deep-Felt Purpose

A team has a lot more ‘inner strength’ than just a group of people working together. A meaningful purpose pulls a team together towards future accomplishments. Is Europe a ‘team’ with a deep-felt purpose? Do you know what meaningful purpose this presently is, binding together all Europeans? I honestly don’t. So is Europe really a Read the full article…

Open Leadership: not I, not I and also not we as you and me.

People call for less egoism in world politics, world economics etc. The alternative is supposed to be ‘more we’ but this ‘we’ being ‘you and me’ eventually becomes ‘me and me’. You see? What is called a paradigm shift can be more of the same in another disguise. This is apparent in politics as it Read the full article…

‘Identicity’: when collaborator and organization have the same identity.

It’s all about feeling. What if the organization were a person, what would that person look like? What would be his/her personality? And would it accord with yours? This question can with good reason be put to every collaborator. And if you are a leader, to you too of course. Even more, because of the Read the full article…

An open leader gives people an environment in which to meaningful.

People want to ‘perform.’ What this really means is: they want to make a difference. They want to mean something. They want their life to have deep meaning, some deeper sense. Also in little things, people are looking for meaning. They want to be valuable. They want to exist. People are in a continuous search Read the full article…

From Bullishness to Leadership

A broad view upon bullying points to true leadership as what is needed to diminish bullishness. There is more to bullying than a bully and a bullied. There is a whole group, even a culture showing a ‘degree of bullishness.’ The actual bully is a symptom of this as much as of his own personal Read the full article…

Why there is no leader in tango

Tango is a dance of leaders and followers. Yet if leadership has anything to do with bossiness, there is no place for it in tango. It is foremost a dance of subtlety and invitation. This way – as in many ways – tango also has a lot to say about life in general, about leadership Read the full article…