Ideas form the basis of great leadership! John Boyd was famous for his emphasis on “people, ideas and technology. In that order”. Successful leadership is founded on a core set of ideas concerning who we are, where are we going and as set of values and principles that guides our journey. Together this forms a leadership philosophy expressed in our choices, action and behaviour.
Google has taken time to clearly articulate their business philosophy, described in the article, “Ten things Google has found to be true”. The article highlights Google’s beliefs, values and principles, which guides how they go about growing and managing their business. The ten things that comprise Google’s business philosophy are:
Great leadership is inspired by great ideas and great beliefs. Every leader needs a solid leadership philosophy, supported by strong beliefs, that guides a leaders behaviour and action.
- How about you? Do you know what beliefs support your leadership philosophy?
Leadership is a means of self expression. Leaders find ways to express who they are, what they believe, which inspires them take action towards their vision. Warren Bennis understood leadership as self expression and made the following observation…
“No leader sets out to be a leader. People set out to live their lives, expressing themselves fully. When that expression is of value, they become leaders. So the point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely – all your skills, gifts and energies – in order to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You, must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.” – Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader
Extracted from the Netflix presentation “Reference Guide on our Freedom & Responsibility Culture ”
Ideas are the building blocks of a leadership philosophy, and ideas are the result of thinking. To develop an effective leadership philosophy its necessary to develop a “thinking discipline”. Leaders need to be intentional about how they develop their ideas, by consciously deciding which ideas to believe and embrace as part of their personal leadership philosophy. As a leader it’s important to spend time intentionally developing ideas and a leadership philosophy. Its too important for leaders to leave to chance. This means, as leaders we need to make time to develop leadership ideas by spending time: