EP54 – The Critical Choices of Leadership with Margaret Wheatley
If you ever wanted to take charge of your life, or take charge of a group of people, a team, a cause or an organization, eventually you need to understand your relationship to leadership.
More specifically, who ARE you as a leader. What do you stand for? What is your core philosophy of being a leader? Where are you skillful or not? And do you have both the internal mindset and the external chops to lead in the current situation, climate or outcomes you desire to create?
Staring into the mirror, through the lens of leadership, inevitably you are faced with the question “Who am I?”. Answering that question can be both enlightening and difficult to answer in a meaningful way.“We are all creative, generous and kind.”
But whatever, or however, you do answer that question says a lot about the identity you hold of yourself. Your identity will directly and powerful shape your beliefs, your intention and your actions every single day.
Perhaps an even more important question than Who Am I, is “Who do I choose to be?”.
Our guest today is one leader that has taken a deep dive into exploring the choices of leadership — Margaret Wheatley.
Margaret has dedicated her life’s work to prompting and provoking leaders to think more, elevate more and become more.
For over five decades now, Margaret has helped people wrestle with a very difficult dilemma—how to maintain their integrity, motivation and effectiveness as they cope with the relentless upheavals and rapid shifts of today.
Since her breakthrough book in 1992, Leadership and the New Science, Margaret has been a relentless asker of important questions and expertly creates the space for you rethink your approach to leading yourself and the people you are called to serve.
I think you’ll enjoy both the wise perspective and the practical suggestions throughout this episode.
Enjoy the conversation…
“What we you hoping to accomplish when you came here?” “The challenge with hope is it is always accompanied by fear” What we cover in this episode:
- What is a “Warrior for the Human Spirit”
- How the cycles of nature relate to the cycles of life
- Why communities matter
- How to lead from principles and integrity
- Why leaders must be dedicated to people above all else
- The importance of meaningful work
- Three questions all leaders should ask
- Why time to think matters
- How to know what is the right thing to do
- Margaret’s website: margaretwheatley.com
- Videos with Margaret: https://margaretwheatley.com/library/videos/
- More on Margaret: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg_Wheatley
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