Identity Beacon

Illuminating Possibilities

Identity Beacon - Illuminating Possibilities

Want to lead? Make work personal

I’m not a fan of politics or politicians. It and they are slaves to party lines and desperate measures designed to ensure election or re-election. Yet here we are, getting into the thick of the presidential race, so it’s tough to avoid the climate of politics that surrounds us, today.

The good news is that the race has led me to wonder about the future of leadership, generally. What it will look like, what it will take to be a truly successful leader. Want to lead? Stay with me, here.

I let my curiosity take over and dove into a variety of resources that have been studying the future of leadership: Hay Group, The Center for Creative Leadership, Google and numerous others.

In short, what I found were a bevy of attributes, which when distilled down, sorted into five major categories: Collaboration, Individuality, Authenticity, Integrity and Communication. Consider these leadership imperatives for the future.

Taken together, they got me to see that the future of leadership is all about the personalization of work as the foundation for change. In short, it’s about humanizing relationships, honoring the individual inside the employee, tapping into the whole person (beginning with you), motivating from the inside, out.

From what I learned, I believe that the personalization of work can become the ‘new efficiency,’ driving productivity and, potentially, greater employee engagement. I like that. It flips the traditional model of assembly line efficiency on its head, by celebrating the “making” of the individual rather than the making of the product.

It’s about time.

Post By Larry Ackerman (69 Posts)

I’m the author of two groundbreaking books on identity. The first is Identity Is Destiny: Leadership and the Roots of Value Creation. It’s for leaders – and those aspiring to lead – who want new and innovative insights into what accounts for success over the long term. The other book is The Identity Code: The 8 Essential Questions for Finding Your Purpose and Place in the World. This work is for individuals who want to live more fulfilling, meaningful, productive lives. Bottom line: I help companies and individuals realize that they’ll be much more successful being themselves than acting like somebody else. In short, I help my clients find their true identity. When you find it, you have no competition. NOBODY can beat you at being you – especially if you consistently reinterpret your identity in ways that keep you fresh and relevant to the world around you.

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  • Rich Carvill says:

    Larry, I like this – especially your thought-provoking definitions of the 5 major attributes. My comment is that we also need to look at how to apply these attributes beyond our work and to our individual lives: In our service; our ministries; our marriages; and our other relationships. If we are honest with ourselves and those we interact with, we would be much more successful in these other areas of our lives as well.

    September 22, 2015 at 6:40 pm
    • Larry Ackerman says:

      Rich, Thanks for your support and comment. I agree completely that the five attributes – and the larger theme of “personalization” – can and should be applied to all of our relationships. FYI, I started going down this road in my Viewsletter but then realized it was getting too long. Perhaps, I’ll do a follow-up on this idea. Thanks again.

      September 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm

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