The Yang of Leadership in Action
literally, "the masculine principle"
8. Vidion, Empowerment, and Growth
literally, "to be spiritually awakened,"
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.
The Importance of Vision
Be aware of small things
And develop great wisdom.
Our Greatest Natural Resource
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;
And the people find
Their own centers.
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.
A Politics of Trust
If we never dare to trust others,
We will not be trusted.
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.
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,
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.
Aware of small things,
Develops great wisdom.
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.