The trope of the strong and infallible leader is outdated, and ascribing to it can be detrimental to your success, which goes hand-in-hand with the success of your team. If you’re not able to be vulnerable and open with your team, they won’t be vulnerable with you, either. But before anyone can be vulnerable, there has to be mutual trust.
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Elaine Jacob is an Organisational Psychologist, Scientist and Teacher with a major focus on International Development.
Elaine is on the Teaching Faculty of MIT Sloan School of Management's - Inquiry Driven Leadership Program and YALE School OF Management's -Decision Making and Ethical Leadership Program.
Leadership is one of the most misunderstood words in the management arena. From my extensive work in the International Development Sector - I have learned that not everyone takes leadership for their lives, their mandates/purposes and their development. Many factors prevent this from happening and from an organizational development perspective this is a huge area for development. One of the most underdeveloped and underutilized talent that exists in the workplace is the human mind. Empowering and coaching people to think, create, imagine and change the world is what organizations should encourage. However most organizations are not Leadership Environments, most cultures and environments are toxic, where distrust, selfishness, fear and confusion are the order of the day. People in these organizations are demotivated, apathetic, and disengaged. It's not surprising there is a high turnover of staff and low productivity. Albert Einstein affirmed "We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created it"; As a Founding member of the Leadership Academy SA we have Executive Leadership Coaching Programmes that develops and empower individuals and organizations to create A Successful Environment - where change is not feared but embraced and the thinking model that creates innovation and collaboration is learned and adopted and these factors enables the greatness that exists within the organization is activated and maximized. Peak Performance and Productivity not only becomes possible but also become the new status quo.