A new way to groom leadership with the help of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) :
There are three areas of leadership to groom, Self-development, Influencing and Communication skills, and Systemic thinking.
First, being a leader means developing yourself. You need to be strong and resourceful in order to make the journey. As you become a leader, You become more yourself, because a leader’s greatest influence comes from who they are, what they do and the example they set.
Secondly, a leader inspires others to join them on the road, so leadership involves communication and influencing skills. Otherwise you are a lone traveller, not a leader.
Thirdly, a leader must look towards their destination, as well as paying attention to where they have been and where they are. Without such a road map, they may get stuck in a swamp. A leader needs to understand the system they are part of, to see beyond the obvious, beyond the immediate situation, to sense how events connect to deeper patterns.
Neuro- Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a broad field that began in the mid-1970s modeling excellent communicators finding out how they did what they did so well. NLP models how we do what we do. In essence, it studies the structure of subjective experience – how we create our own unique internal world from what we see, hear and feel, and how in turn our mental world shapes what we allow ourselves to see, hear and feel. NLP has modeled top people in every field – managers, salespeople, teachers and trainers. It has a wealth of material from leaders – how they think and what they believe.
NLP is made up of three parts:
- ‘Neuro’ is our neurology – how we think and feel. • ‘Linguistic’ is the languagepart. Say it and how we are influenced by what we hear. • ‘Programming’ is how we act to achieve our results.
NLP helps us to understand what leaders do and how they get their results, so you can take those parts that suit you and that fit in with your values and beliefs. You don’t copy them, you learn from them to achieve your goals. Whatever skills you have, NLP can help you make more of them. It also gives practical ways of developing those skills, NLP is a valuable guide on the leader’s journey.
Second guide on the journey is systemic thinking – thinking in terms of feedback and relationships, seeing patterns. Leaders have to understand the system they are in, and systems do not operate logically, small changes can produce large effects and these need not occur in the same place or at the same time as the cause.
A third resource is the insights from the discipline of complexity science. Complexity is the application of systems thinking to complex systems that behave in complicated ways.
Finally, complex systems are not predictable. In theory they may be, but as the old saying goes, ‘In theory there shouldn’t be a difference between theory and practice, but in practice, there always is.’
NLP explores how people think and the results they get. Complexity and systems thinking explore the organizations they create as they work together. These ideas are fascinating and practical.
Every organization has excellent people of high quality. The leaders make the difference. They determine the quality of the experience of working in that business; they weave that indefinable, yet very important fabric – the organizational culture.
Author : Anupananda Baruah (betterlifemantra)Tags: influencer Neuro Linguistic Programming NLP Self-development