Harmony is typically not found in extremes. Regardless of which end. Leadership balance is where the best results will develop. Are you finding the middle ground?
Too many meetings, or too few?
Too strict and authoritarian or too soft and too lenient?
Are you too congratulatory and appreciative or too subdued and neglectful?
Everything in leadership is about finding the right balance and balance is often hard to achieve.
Culture and Community
In the workplace, the environment and culture are often suggested to be about creating a community. The community works best when everyone can find the right balance.
Unhappy communities often seek a form of asylum. They prefer to retreat, withdraw, or to be left to their own devices.
Differences are more notable and not embraced in unhappy communities. Instead, people feel divided and seek a safe space.
Often, they leave the community. Heads down and defeated they are disconnected and weary, physically, emotionally, or both.
A focus on self, defeats communities and builds an unhealthy culture.
In contrast, a quest for balance is a generous act.
Is there balance in your leadership?
Leadership is artful.
There are a few small pockets of people who believe that leaders are born. The educated population largely believes that leadership skill is developed and that great leaders are made.
The toughest challenges of leadership may not be about risk, vision, or processes and systems. The toughest challenge may exist in how leaders choose to set navigational examples, inspire, and build community.
It is a generous dance with balance.
Communities often don’t respond well to force.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.