3 Quotes that Expand the Definition of Leadership

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”

Walt Disney

Books I’ve read in March:

3 quotes from Theory U:

The following quotes expand my thinking on leadership. I’m interested in your reaction.

Quote #1:

“Successful leadership depends on the quality of attention and intention that the leader brings to any situation. Two leaders in the same circumstances doing the same thing can bring about completely different outcomes, depending on the inner place from which each operates.”

The above quote motivated me to reflect on how leaders show up. What are your intentions, beyond producing results?

The question for the beginning of the week is, “How might you show up as a leader?”

Quote #2:

“At its core, leadership is about shaping and shifting how individuals and groups attend to and subsequently respond to a situation. The trouble is that most leaders are unable to recognize, let alone change, the structural habits of attention used in their organizations.”

Successful leadership begins with paying attention – noticing – attending.

Busyness is the enemy of noticing. The result is absence.

Going through the motions of leadership solidifies established patterns.

Leaders that doesn’t notice have failed to authentically show up.

The habit of NOT noticing produces patterns of frustration for individuals and relationships.

How might you begin to attend to people and situations?

How might you shape and shift how others attend to people and situations?

Quote #3:

“…connecting to one’s best future possibility and creating powerful breakthrough ideas requires the intelligence of the heart and the hand – not just the intelligence of the head.”

  1. How might you open your heart?
  2. How might you enhance your ability to appreciate and love?
  3. What wonder are you stifling?
  4. How might you see the whole, rather than just the parts?
  5. How might you choose to act with the future in mind?

Watch for an interview with C. Otto Scharmer on Facebook live the afternoon of March 23. (A link to the Leadership Freak Facebook page will be provided at a later time.)

What are you learning from books you are reading?

What comes to mind when you think of the three Scharmer quotes?

Reading list for March:

Added for March:

*I relax my 300 word limit on weekends.