In our experience, the critical functions of leadership coalesce around three main areas:
1. Creating the future: this is about where you are going as an organisation. It’s easily recognised and covers areas such as strategy, business development, renewal and succession.
2. Nurturing Identity: this is about who you are, your lived purpose and values. A simple way to think of it is ‘the way things work around here’ – your culture, your belief systems, how people behave, policies, standards, brand projection and so forth.
3. Managing the present: this is about what you do. The allocation and management of resources, optimising performance and delivering results… although we recognise it is something easier said than done.
The framework provides a systems-based approach to leadership. If we think of the leadership system like a stool with three legs: if one leg is missing or weakened, the stool becomes unstable or falls over. The stability of the stool depends on all three legs being present and equally strong — a whole system approach.
Leading the Whole System is about achieving the right balance for optimum results — and while internal focus is important, leaders must also be cognisant of the external environment.
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