How to Develop Courageous and Compassionate Leadership
Much has changed in the past twelve months, and it has underscored the need for a new approach to leadership, a mix of heads and hearts: courageous and Caring leadership is now a prerequisite for anyone striving to lead organizations under the “new normal”.
So how can these qualities manifest?
First of all, it’s important to think about how to start something from nothing, do a lot with little, and turn failure into success. In 2014, Andy hargreaves, director of Chenine: Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education, University of Ottawa, has co-authored a business book on Uplifting Leadership in education, business, and sport. Drawing on case studies of exceptionally high performance in 8 countries on four continents, including Fiat Auto just before its takeover of Chrysler, Burnley Football Club, which is the smallest and poorest city to ever reach Premier English Football League, and a series of remedial schools and local education authorities (school districts) in the UK, Hargreaves has shown how uplifting leaders uplift those they serve by uplifting those who serve them. They do this by setting a bold vision, developing counterintuitive strategies, collaborating with competitors, and pushing and pulling each other toward a more desirable future.
If ever there is a need for uplifting leadership in education and elsewhere, it is now. As he describes in his memoir, Moving, growing up and having been educated in a working class community in the north of England, moving forward, as an outsider, against all odds, requires all of these qualities. It takes being bold and courageous in the face of opposition and doubt, forging networks and collaborations with people others would never put in the same room, and doing the opposite of what others expect.
This is the kind of leadership that is required at this time. The coronavirus pandemic, racial oppression and injustice, Brexit, vaccine nationalism, threats to democracy, extreme inequality and being on the brink of catastrophic and irreversible climate change – these things are all interconnected and now seem threatening: the old solutions to solve a problem the crisis no longer works. And so, a new dawn of leadership is needed.
Sadhguru, Founder of the Isha, Yogi Foundation and bestselling author of The New York Times suggests, “Leadership is not about assertiveness but the art of meeting individual aspirations,” describing integrity, insight and inclusion as the “three essential qualities of leadership.” Sadhguru places the role of a leader as one of partnership, mentoring and support, not self-glorification. As such, the quality of courage in a leader is, it seems. , not synonymous with domination because “being a leader does not mean dominating the situation. It means empowering people to do what they would not have imagined possible.”
This perspective is consistent with that of Diana Osagie, CEO of Courageous Leadership and Director of the Academy of Women’s Leadership. She concludes that the bridge between being courageous and compassionate can be found in one of the seven courageous statements: “I am a human first, a leader second. I remember the importance of family, love, grace and compassion. This is such an important consideration because there are various myths associated with leaders showing compassion, such as reduced levels of engagement, setting low expectations, and avoiding difficult conversations.
As such, we can conclude that courage and compassion are strengths that allow colleagues to find a platform of trust in your leadership. When you are known to face the risk and danger of leadership, but do so from a position of professional love, you allow others to become vulnerable with you, sharing their concerns as well as their successes. They feel safe to reveal where they are stuck and where they are exceeding expectations.
More recently, we have seen remarkable examples of this change in leadership style and approach which is having a great impact; a prime example was New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern “I think one of the sad things I’ve seen in political leadership is – because we’ve put so much emphasis over time on notions of assertiveness and strength – which we probably assumed means you can’t have those other qualities of kindness and empathy. And yet, when you think about all the big challenges we face in the world, this is probably the quality we need the most.
Andy Buck, creator of the BASIC coaching method, agrees and concludes that collective effort is not only confined to the education sector but is, in fact, a prerequisite for leadership itself. He also concludes by speaking, and active listening is vital as a courageous leader: “sometimes it takes courage and more time, but much better in the long run” because our micro-conversational habits make us very enjoyable. to speak. In particular, talk less, listen actively and reproduce what we have heard. Buck concludes that it builds relationships and empathy much more than we realize.
Angela Browne of Nourished Collective agrees and explores luminary leadership and uses coaching to find true clarity amid confusion and calm in noise, based on common sense and great on wisdom. She says, “The value of wise and compassionate leadership is immeasurable. Its benefits are often the dimensions of organizations that are difficult to measure: high levels of trust, connection and positive emotions, but these are the same dimensions that we need in spades to get through difficult and turbulent times ”. This view is consistent with Lady Alison Peacock, CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching, who, when examining the educational workplace, suggests that today’s leaders need to find the professional courage to do what’s right. “We need leaders who know how to listen attentively to their colleagues and the needs of their students when prioritizing. She continues, “Compassion involves putting critical leadership dispositions such as openness, trust and empathy above respecting the expectations of others. Much has been lost through repeated closures, but our schools will be the first places to begin the assisted recovery process. We can only truly do this if we are led and inspired by courageous and moral colleagues. Amid the vast challenges facing the profession and society as a whole, a sense of collective effort has led us to success: Confidence and humility are powerful qualities of leadership.
Peacock’s point is an important one that translates beyond education – that of a collective effort led by courageous, compassionate, compassionate efforts. and uplifting leadership. As such, there is a buzz and a sense of drastic change, which will soon peak at the World Education Summit – who has today in partnership with Tes. Such wisdom will be debated and discussed by the referents and many other experts in global leadership, orchestrated by co-creators. Anne-Marie Duguid and Stephen Cox. Heralded as the most important and influential summit of leadership and the place from which new paths can emerge: courageous, compassionate, and Uplifting.