A critical perspective shift as we embark on unleashing phenomenal leadership and establishing a genuine high performance culture is seeing leadership as guardianship.
Many leaders are practicing control-the-ship, the other end of the spectrum to guardianship.
Guardianship is about WE not ME. Guardians lead off a vision, one where their own face and name is actually not included. One where the organisational staff mature into deep personal meaning for what they do and responsibility for how they do it. They become invested in the organisation like it is their own!
Control-the-ship is governed by: “Be perfect. Don’t be imperfect. Don’t make a mistake. Don’t say the wrong thing. Don’t be late. Don’t don’t don’t! It is a place where staff feel their contract is under constant threat, and are only ever one mistake away from been fired! So it is always better in these cultures to be careful, very careful about what you say and do, and not make mistakes!” Unlikely they will ever reach their potential – which you need if you want to be a phenomenal business.
Guardianship understands deeply that belonging and freedom to make both mistakes and innovations is the substance to a high performing organisation; and a legacy of revolutionizing the market place.
It is about understanding that the secret ingredient to effective team leadership is the invisible space in between people, and the ‘rules’ that govern that space.
- Deeply knowing organisational and individual identity
- Building connectivity and belonging through the weaving together of the above
- Building powerful rituals of belonging from the way someone is introduced
- Having robust innovation and performance processes and scaffolding that unleashing personal responsibility and potential
Productivity. Innovation. High Performance. Cultural Resilience – all lie in understanding and living guardianship.
To discuss what DG can do for you business, please get in touch directly with David.