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The Yang of Leadership in Action - 悟 sato

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Spirit/e—The Tao of Personal Leadership

2007. 4. 1.

 

 

The Yang of Leadership in Action

 

 

yang

 

 

literally, "the masculine principle"

 

 

 

8. Vidion, Empowerment, and Growth

 

 

 

sato

 

literally, "to be spiritually awakened,"

"to perceive,"

"to comprehend"

 

 

 The verb is the root of the Buddhist term, satori (enlightenment).

A Tao leader who combines vision, empowerment, and growth practices sato.

 

 

Can you lead your people

Without seeking to control?

 

Can you open and close the gates

In harmony with nature?

 

Can you be understanding

Without trying to be wise?

 

Can you create without possessiveness

Accomplish without taking credit,

 

Lead without ego?

This is the highest power.

 

(Tao, 10)

 

 

Exercising Leadership

 

 

The Importance of Vision

 

Be aware of small things

And develop great wisdom.

 

(tao, 52)

 

 

Our Greatest Natural Resource

 

Earth     Sky

Listen     Speak

Open      Closed

Water     Stone

 

 

 

Leaders as Pathfinders

 

 

Leaders must have the courage to follow their vision,

to believe in the invisible,

to work for something that's still only a possibility,

while others often writh their hands in despair.

 

 

The inner Leader

 

 

Your Personal Mission Statement

 

What three things make you feel happy, centered, and most strongly yourself?

Is there one word that stands out for you?

Think of someone you've always admired.

 

 

Fidelity to Your Vision

 

Tao leaders make their decisions by deliberation,

not by default.

They know whether a particular action is consistant with their goals.

 

 

Developing Your Group Visioin

 

Take a cue from successful people and block out

at least one hour of "leadership time"

every day to devote to long-range planning.

 

 

Communicating the Vision

 

A lesder not only cultivates a collective vision

but also communicates it.

 

 

Leading by Example

 

Words alone are not enough.

 

 

Vision and Empowerment

 

 

The more rules and restrictions

The weaker people become.

...

Therefore,  the Tao leader

Does not give orders

And the people lead themselves;

Keeps a peaceful heart,

And the people achieve harmony;

Does not control,

And the people prosper;

remains detached,

And the people find

Their own centers.

 

(Tao, 57)

 

 

Leadership Teams

 

Leadership teams encourage flexibility.

Instead of staying in the same role,

one person my play many positions.

 

 

Exercising the New Leadership

 

The answer lies in being decisive about the goal,

selecting a talented team,

and then trusting them to run with the ball and get the job done.

The Tao leader does not micromanage.

 

 

Exploring New Territory Together:

A Tao Leader's Action Plan

 

Once your've selected your team,

it's time to set up an effective action plan—

Deliberaiton, Decision, Commitment,

Assessment, Completion, Feflection.

 

 

Facing The Unknown

 

 

Truthful words do not flatter.

Flattering words are not true.

 

(Tao, 81)

 

 

A Politics of Trust

 

 

If we never dare to trust others,

We will not be trusted.

 

(Tao, 17)

 

 

Wu Wei: The Power of Inaction

 

 

From this I learn the power of Wu Wei.

This lession without words,

This power beyond action,

This is the highest wisdom.

 

(Tao, 43)

 

 

Effective Delegating:

The Wu Wei of Backing Away

 

 

Have you ever tried to work with someone else looking over your shoulder?

Being watched that closely makes me nervous.

 

 

Teamwork: Empowerment in Action

 

 

Instead of specializtion and compartmentalization,

many companies are using cross-division teams.

 

 

Troubleshooting Your Team

 

Leadership is an art.

Your task is to listen,

watch for the energies,

recognize the patterns,

and improvise.

Your artistry will improve as you follow the Tao.

 

 

Beyond Problem Solving: A Vision of Growth

 

those who see problems—the victims

those who see solutions—the managers

and those who see possibilities—the leaders.

 

 

The wise leader

Encourages open minds and strong centers.

 

(Tao, 3)

 

 

Aware of small things,

Develops great wisdom.

 

(Tao, 52)

 

 

Moving Forward

 

 

In every career, every relationship, every living organism,

to lives is to grow, to grow is to change,

and to change is to go on creating ouselves and our world endlessly,

flowing with the cycles of Tao.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Dreher, Diane. The Tao of Personal Leadership. Harper Collins Publishers. New York. 1997.