Whole leadership leaves few holes

March 16, 2015       The NonProfit Times      

Like it or not, leadership is usually a full-time gig. It carries responsibilities, even off the clock.

In his book “Leading the Life You Want” Stewart D. Friedman suggests that total leadership means being whole, acting with integrity by respecting all the different parts that constitute the whole person, ensuring that people are clear about what they need from each other and are willing to provide it.

Being whole means:

  • Clarify expectations. Communicating with people about mutual expectations and then making sure those expectations are clear. Expressing needs, values and goals.
  • Help others. Looking for opportunities to help many different people. Being generous and caring about key relationships.
  • Build supportive networks. Convincing people to support the leaders’ goals. Being able to tap into personal and professional networks for support of what’s important.
  • Apply all resources. Using skills and contacts from different parts of life to help meet any need or goal. Thinking creatively about resources that have been developed in various domains of life.