Archives for December 2019

Understanding the Scopes of Leadership

After years of working as an academician and management trainer, coach and consultant, I daresay that no organization can survive in today’s business environment, unless there is a strong leadership ahead. It is, definitely, one of the most important concepts in the world of business, widely used by scholars and practitioners and also long a topic of interest among historians and philosophers.

Indeed, the concept of leadership has been around since such great leaders as Sun Tzu, Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and many other outstanding and powerful historical leaders. Statesmen and military generals have long been the subjects of central interest in empirical studies of leadership. However, since the first attempts at defining leadership in a scientific way, there have been many different definitions of this complex phenomenon: indeed, scholars have defined it in many different ways. More specifically, leadership has been linked to many other topics such as followership, vision (shared purpose), change, inspiration and motivation, personal responsibility and integrity, influence and many more.

In the academic world of business, leadership can be defined or studied from many perspectives; these are  individual, dyadic (one to one), group (one to many) and organizational (one to the whole organization). What I personally like (and emphasize on in my training workshops and seminars) is what is called “Transcendent leadership” which talks about “the strategic leader who leads within and amongst the levels of self (being proactive and self-aware in developing and improving self), others (influencing others), and organization (the alignment of three key areas of environment, strategy, and organization)”. Managers can achieve high performance for their companies only if they display a high level of leadership in all three areas of self, others and organization.

What organizations need the most is leaders who are proactive and self-aware in improving and developing themselves, able to communicate and influence the members of their organizations effectively, and also able to create an alignment amongst their surrounding environment, organization and strategy.

What is your opinion about that? How do you think we can look at leaders and leadership? Do you think talking about leadership from individual perspective is enough for us to understand this phenomenon?

I have discussed this issue in more detail in my recent book.

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Our Subconscious Mind – Part 2

In the previous article, I talked about the subconscious mind. I defined conscious and unconscious. Now you know that your subconscious is a very powerful tool which can help you get results, if you understand it and control it.

We also learned that we are in charge of our minds and therefore, our results. If we realize that we can change our minds, we will be able to get different results.

In this article, I would like to introduce four key rules of the subconscious so that we can communicate with it more effectively.

  • Your subconscious makes associations and learns quickly: one of the key features of the subconscious is its ability to make connections. To learn faster, it makes associations from the clues that receive through each of our 5 senses and organizes all your memories. Therefore, we will be able to remember things better. For example, if your teacher teaches you something in school and gives you an example, your subconscious creates a link between the concept and the example so that you learn better. When you learn this technique you can consciously assist your subconscious to learn faster.

 

  • Your subconscious is domain of the emotions: Our emotions are run by our subconscious. It helps us run the emotions when needed so that we can escape, fight or interact with our surrounding environment better. It also resolves issues by managing proper emotions. However, if it cannot resolve a particular negative emotion, it will repress it in order to protect us. This gives us a good clue that if we are having too much of an unwarranted negative emotion (for instance we get angry easily, or whatever our friends say hurt us, etc.), there is unresolved issue behind it. For that you can talk to a life coach to help you get rid of such unwanted and unwarranted negative emotion.
  • Your subconscious is like a kid: Its sole purpose is to help you assist your goal but it is not able to set the goal by itself. That is Your Job. Whether you are aware of it or not, you are the one who sets objectives for your subconscious. Once your goal or objective is set, it will start looking for ways to achieve it. In fact, it enjoys serving you but needs clear orders from you to follow because it cannot process negatives directly. Again it is important to remember that it does not differentiate negative and positive. Therefore, you need to tell it “What You Want” and not what you don’t want.

 

  • Your subconscious maintains instincts and generates habits: In the previous article I gave an example of driving a car. When we repeat a new behavior the subconscious mind tries to learn and optimize our performance; it needs repetition until a habit is installed. It corrects the mistakes until we get it right and do it perfectly. It also works on the principle of least effort, which means that it finds the fastest and easiest way of doing something new.

 

Now that you know how your subconscious mind works, it is time for you take charge of your mind and your results. Set your specific and positive goals so that your subconscious assists you in getting what you really wand and deserve.

 

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