Learning The Softer Side Of Leadership

An article posted on FastCompany.com on Tuesday, March 13
“As a leader, you plan, strategize, and set priorities. Your primary responsibilities, however, are always to inspire, motivate, and empower others. As a leader, you rise above “me” to embrace “we.” 
 Learning the Softer Side of Leadership
By Gary Burnison | 03-13-2012
Leaders’ primary objective is to empower others to make decisions and take actions that are aligned with the organization’s vision, purpose, and strategy. These nuances are the softer side of leadership, beyond the technical skills that you have already mastered.

Leadership is the “eighth wonder of the world.” It is better seen and felt than defined and said. It’s easy to intellectualize, but elusive to actualize.

The world’s most impactful leaders in all arenas, from business to government, understand the paradox that although leadership starts with the leader, it’s never about the leader. This wisdom should be emulated and applied by everyone who aspires to leadership.

As the leader, you need to be hands on, but your primary objective is to empower others to make decisions and take actions that are aligned with the organization’s vision, purpose, and strategy. You’re “all in” in terms of commitment, but the spotlight is always on the results of the team. It’s not about you.

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3 Responses to “Learning The Softer Side Of Leadership”

  1. compassionateleadership Says:

    Dale, we clearly share a similar view on leadership. We posted the same article on the same day! I thought he had a very interesting perspective on the power of humility, of listening, of awareness and asking questions. Very powerful since it is so easy to assume that what we are hearing is the full story. Great post!


    • Thanks, Tricia. I would not typically feature external content, unless I’m making reference to it in my writing. But, when the article matches up nicely with the premise of my blog, I have no choice but to bring it to this blog’s audience. As you said, we share similar views on leadership, and I encourage you to travel through my blog to see a few other articles I have posted, if you haven’t already. In addition to the posts listed as ‘Recent Posts,’ to the right of the home page, you should visit the ‘Site Map,’ also listed on the right side of the home page, to find content that you might find quite interesting. Thank you for visiting my blog and come back often. In fact, please consider subscribing to get updates when I post new content.



  2. Jose LugoSantiago - Craft Your Journey! Says:

    Thank you for the post. I loved this article…spot on! The paradox mentioned is true. Leadership starts with the leader, but it is never about the leader. it’s about a mutually supportive relationship, aimed to accomplish a mutually agreed upon objective. The realization of that objective gives meaning and sense to the existence of purpose for both parties (the leader and the follower). The leader has to be many things. The article mentioned “hands on” and that is correct because some kind of credibility must be born. And the leader gains credibility from doing in accordance with mutually agreed principles and expectations, even when these are made through what some call “psychological contract.” (meaning tat not all is completely spelled out in the spoken expectation; some expectations are assumed given our notion of what a leader should be and do). Good stuff. Thanks for sharing! Always motivated, lugo


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