There are many ways to describe Leadership and an organization’s operational model through the centuries since its evolution out of the Dark Ages in the 1700s. Its progression through the Iron Age, Bronze Age and Silver Age is very evident whether described by those exact names or something else like the industrial age and the information age.
Everyone should agree that there has been vast advancement and achievement in countless realms during those times, but where they all for the better? Were those achievements upgrades in thoughts, actions and deeds so there was a holistic flow of knowledge and connection between leader and follower throughout the organization? Did it result in improved productivity, profitability and employee satisfaction?
As a leader and a decision maker, did you realize that the arrival of the 21st Century also ushered in a new business model for leadership and organizational operations – the Golden Age of Leadership?
Look around, nothing is working the same as it did in the past century or as recently as the 90s. Companies that should be flying high no longer exist, others have received government bailouts and approximately one out of every ten worker is jobless.
The Golden Age of Leadership
Just what is the Golden Age of Leadership and should you care?
The Golden Age of Leadership is all about “you.” “You” can be the leader or “you” can be the employee/follower. Forget the 80/20 rule for a moment and focus on a 60/40 “you” ratio. Leaders today are breaking new ground and need to place at least 40% of their efforts into nurturing and connecting with employees, not just management teams and administration demands. Leaders in the 21st Century need to think multi-dimensionally; vertically, horizontally and laterally. A leader that can create a deeper connection between employees and their important role in accomplishing the goals and objectives of the company’s vision will set all time record highs in productivity and profitability.
The Golden Age of Leadership is all about living and leading with the motto, “everything you think, say and do matters because that is how you create the future; future sales, future employee/employer relationships, future client relationships and future profitability.” Nothing good, bad or indifferent happens unless it is first a thought.
According to Michael Eisner, “There is no good idea that can’t be improved upon.” That is exactly what the Golden Age of Leadership is – improving and upgrading to an entirely new thought process, organizational operating system and interpersonal connecting approach. It is time to take a serious look at the confinement of organizational boxes and the restrictions of stress-filled workplace environments that began rooted in the dogma of 17th Century thinking, which no longer applies nor works in the 21st Century.
Today, in the Golden Age, leaders and followers should be engaged in energetic accomplishment in a workplace where energy draining chaos is removed leading to a calm less stressful and more productive environment. You accomplish this by eliminating organizational boxes, not just stepping out of them, and creating a workplace environment that engages, encourages and involves employees.
Society and businesses see the results of technological advances, the exponential explosion of information right along with the loss of interpersonal connections. People now live and work in cement cities filled with noise pollution and are constantly in contact but never connected. In this new age, the job of the leader is to get and stay connected because the result is focused effectiveness, improved productivity and increased profitability.
The Golden Age of Leadership has at its fingertips many new tools and techniques for creating sustainable leadership. Tools that result in a workplace environment that engages, encourages and involves employees while reducing stress, job absenteeism and increasing job satisfaction.
© Pat Heydlauff, all rights reserved 2011
Pat Heydlauff speaks from experience. She creates environments that engage and focus your workforce. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Engage, Unleash the Power of Focus and Feng Shui, So Easy a Child Can Do It and can be reached at www.Energy-by-Design.com or call: 561-408-2708.Share