As integral coaches and trainers, with over a decade of experience in facilitating leader's development, we've noticed that the core support mechanisms for women to grow and develop in leadership have long been absent, and well behind parity.
As part of our community charter, in 2009 The Coaching Room launched a monthly sponsored breakfast series in Sydney and Melbourne in support of professional women making their way in the business and corporate world.
We did this to enable women to learn and ask about real-life scenarios of problems and possibilities, in service of leading beyond gender, by becoming objective to the cultural norms that maintain the assumptions, carried by both men and women in the workplace.
Only when women are able to see, get objective to (rather than be subject to) and step out of the cultures that are leading them, will they themselves be able to lead new and different cultures and approaches to organisational development.
Integral+Leadership is a suite of both public and corporate programs; that are specifically designed for this kind of personal and cultural development. The iWIL programs were then created to awaken and enable a different way of thinking, relating, behaving and communicating beyond an a-gender.
How do we do this? Check out the 10-points below:
1. Clarify the difference between managing and leading
You'll know how and when to lead and why leadership transcends and includes management, so that you can step into your leadership potential and pave the way for your life's purpose.
Managing is maintaining and incrementally improving the status quo – measuring performance and output against goals and objectives – the “what we need to get done”. It is about setting KPIs and goals and reporting current performance against projected performance.
Management is therefore about directing and mentoring the present performance of bite sized tasks toward outcomes). It is about maintaining accountability to agreed standards.
Management requires a detailed systemic thinking approach.
Leading is about pioneering difference, it is about mismatching the status quo - creating and innovating a different way. The focus of leadership is self leadership first, followed by leading others to lead themselves, by engaging them as individuals and a collective through purpose and meaning (the why).
The act of leading is clearing yourself to engage and empower your people to awaken them to their true potential with a focus on self-develop (reports and others) through facilitation.
Leadership requires a global, future focussed thinking approach.
2. Know thy self - gaining awareness of yourself in leadership
Self-leadership is to create and live your organic leadership identity, the one beyond personality, through understanding (becoming objective to) the strengths and weaknesses of your personality in the process of relating with and leading others, so that you can stop reacting and start responding as your best-self.
3. Be the change you want to see - lead, persuade and influence yourself and therefore others
Influencing and leading means to be able to become the model of change for others to follow. By learning to lead polarities, you can observe disagreements without being caught in them, elevate the conversation and expand perspectives, enabling higher levels of agreement and engagement.
4. Own your power - learn to take full responsibility for your 4-powers
Full responsibility is taking ownership of your 4-powers; thinking (processing), feelings (emotions), communication (verbal and non-verbal) and behaviours (responses v reactions).
5. Take an Integral view of the world and leadership contexts
Taking an integral view is to lead yourself and others using the lens of the integral quadrants; 4 perspectives on the world itself, enabling wisdom in creating alignment, making quality decisions, creating different empowered cultures, bold new behaviours and creating environments and systems that facilitate holistic, ecological change.
6. Lead intentionally
Learn to lead with clarity, intention and vision. Become purposeful by creating and clearly articulating where you are going and why it is important to follow the decisions you are leading.
7. Lead with meaning
Creating a meaningful workplace where your people are fully engaged to enact your vision, because they are personally invested and moved to make a difference.
8. Lead states with emotional intelligence
Lead your own as well as other's mind-body-emotional states. Understanding how states work will make you skilled leader of emotional intelligence (EQ). You can then lead states to awaken people to their power to inspire others and make a difference themselves
9. Leading through time
Leading through time is to become skilled at communicating your priorities and leading others to have clarity around theirs. Time doesn't exist in reality - it is a construct that can be objectified and utilised in leading others. A powerful leader understands that priority management enables better use of time.
10. Leading beyond gender
Learning to lead beyond equality and gender is the hallmark of a mature leader. As you learn to challenge the status quo of your culture, you learn to do the same with yourself. This is development in action.
Being an Integral+Leader
By leading and embodying a different attitude, culture, behaviours and social interactions and the environment in which people work is the hallmark of an integral leader. Mismatching the status quo however disruptive. It is disrupting the equilibrium of the current\-way in service of a more inclusive, wholistic, integral way.
Want more – check out our integral women leadership public and corporate workshops
Call Jay Hedley - Managing Partner, Corporate Development on 0414 369 363
Call Debra Burlington - Head of Corporate Relations on 0438574450