Redefining Leadership: The Leadership of Connection

For many women, the word “leadership” makes them cringe.  I’m not a leader, they say.  But it’s not really leadership that you’re shying away from.

You have the smarts, strength and ambition to be an amazing leader.  But the part that leaves a bad taste in your mouth is the dictatorial model of leadership we’ve inherited as a society. You’re used to “leader” being code for white man who wants everything done his way.  That’s the old model of leadership, one where a single person’s vision tramples the interest of the people who work for him and he is viewed as superior and more valuable than everyone else on the team.

This old form of leadership no longer fits this new era.  We’ve entered the age of Connection Leadership.
Connection Leadership is built on relationships, integrity and service to our communities.

Connection Leadership puts communities at the center.

Connection Leaders listen to the cries of their tribe and work with their tribe to vision the new solutions that they need.  Connection Leaders leaders aren’t afraid to live out their truth and make space for others to do the same.  Connection Leaders listen as much as they speak.

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that your impact lasts in your absence.” – Sheryl Sandberg

The Organizing Principles of Connection Leadership

  1. Central Question: What does my community need and how am I equipped to fill that need?
  2. Financial abundance comes from authentically pursuing the mission. The numbers serve the mission, not the other way around.
  3. Hierarchies are only built to serve the mission of the business/organization more effectively.  They do not imply that one person is valued more than another.
  4. Business policies are based on concepts of social justice and anti-oppression.
  5. Challenge the status quo by living out the values of the community.

Does Connection Leadership resonate with you?  What would you add to the organizing principles?

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