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    Tuesday
    Dec012009

    How is Personal Leadership understood?

    I am really curious about this topic and not to try to come up with a definition, but rather to see what is bubbling up for folks when "personal leadership" is mentioned.

    I have heard that this term now has a negative meaning such that it is equated with personal responsibility.  Furthermore, I understand that some organizations are using the term personal responsibility like it is a large, heavy bat and they are metaphorically hitting their employees over the head with it.

    What's out there that you know about either in terms of your personal experience, or what you have heard about with regard to using personal leadership in a negative way?

    Thank you!

    Ann

    Ann Dinan, Ph.D., M.S.S.A., C.P.C.C.

    The Deeper Leadership Institute

    Thursday
    Nov262009

    Gratitude

    This morning is Thanksgiving in the US and I am aware that there will be many posts regarding gratitude.  This feels so trite that I am almost didn't post today at all.  But I took this as a call to action.  In my life I try and do an attitude of gratitude journal entry on a daily basis.  However, not only has that not been part of my blog posts but I am aware that over the past few weeks, I have hardly engaged this process.  So, as an important part of the personal leadership process, I am publicly committing to getting back on track with my attitude of gratitude journal entries and am challenging all of your to do the same.  In fact, if any of you would like to share you entries here, I would love to see them!

    Ubuntu!

    Ann

    Ann Dinan, Ph.D., M.S.S.A., C.P.C.C.

    The Deeper Leadership Institute

    Wednesday
    Nov252009

    On the Eve of Thanksgiving in the US

    As I chatted today with a friend for a long over-due chat I shared with her all the learnings/happenings around leadership (many of which are posted here) over the past few weeks.  What continues to rise to the top for me is that all the concepts we have been discussing are intertwined:

    The overarching concept is to recognize the humanity in others so that one can recognize the humanity in oneself (Ubuntu) and from that place one can examine their own culture (including privilege) and the culture of others (culturally adaptive leadership) all under the lens of personal leadership.  And personal leadership may include both followship and leadership OR we may all be leading.  And that the problems arise when do not lead around a common stake.  This is what happens when there is a breakdown in a culture, whether it is a company's culture or a family's or a community's.

    And, we can all be committed to doing the work of leadership; but first we must experience forgiveness and compassion in others - their humanity - and then we can begin the other work.  So, on this eve of Thanksgiving, it seems suitable that we should think about forgiveness and compassion in our own personal leadership work!

    Peace,

    Ann

    Ann Dinan, Ph.D., M.S.S.A., C.P.C.C.

    The Deeper Leadership Institute

    Sunday
    Nov222009

    The New Wave of Leadership

    Hi all,

    I was chatting today with a friend who is unemployed and she was mentioning how when she attends all these groups for folks who don't currently have jobs, that there is a sense that people don't just want any old job.  This time around, they want to make sure that they can embrace the job.  In fact, many are even considering career changes indicating that they never even wanted the career or job that they previoiusly held!  This is what we are referring to as the silver lining.  We couldn't be more pleased that folks are truly taking stock of who they are and what they want and then aligning their job searches accordingly!  We certainly hope that this type of thinking is truly the wave of the present and future when if comes to leading one's own life - ie personal leadershp.

    We would love to hear stories from some of you who have had such an experience (what was your old job/career, what did you not like about it, what are you doing now, and what is it about the new situation that you love?).  Looking forward to your posts!

    Ann

    Ann Dinan

    The Deeper Leadership Institute

     

    Friday
    Nov202009

    Ubuntu Leadership

    So, what the heck is Ubuntu???  I am sure I cannot do the definition justice here as it has been stated much  more eloquently by Archbishop Tutu and President Mandela; however we define it as the process of seeing the humanity in others in order to see the humanity in self.  We hope that by the time our clients finish one of our programs they have such a solid sense of self and purpose that they understand the place of compassion and forgiveness in leadership.  Thus, from this place, truly enlightened leadership can transpire.  And, one does not have to be a president of archbishop to attain this level of leadership.  Becoming self aware and then determining a value-guided leadership path are the start that is needed in order to arrive at your destination. 

    Ann

    Ann Dinan, Ph.D., M.S.S.A., C.P.C.C.

    The Deeper Leadership Institute