Leadership and Flexibility

Leadership and Flexibility

January 19, 2012 Email This Post Email This Post Print This Post Print This Post
Flexibility has many different faces...

Flexibility has many different faces...

Perhaps you ask yourself now: What the … has flexibility to do with leadership?

Perhaps you agree with the statement that flexibility is nice to have. But flexibility as an essential tool of holistic leadership? Mhmm…. :-)

So please let me explain. What would you consider to be the most important task of a leader?

Motivating others? Okay. Another one. Supporting the staff ? Yeah. right. And ? Goal setting? You got it!

I guess most people would consider goal setting to be one of the crucial tasks of a leader.

So each tool that helps you to achieve your goals more efficiently, more rapidly and even more elegant would be a good tool, wouldn’t it?`

And that’s the point. Flexibility is definitely one of these tools.

“Having more choices is better than having less.”

This sentence emphasizes the great meaning of flexibility in the model of NLP concerning people. And I think this is also valid for organizations, projects etc.

Having choices means that you can decide what to do next. You aren’t a prisoner of different constraints. You are free in some way, because you have options, alternatives to choose.

Having just a single alternative would mean that your future is completely determined. No way out. You’re a kind of actor who plays in a film that is already recorded and published.

Having two alternatives is called a dilemma. This situation isn’t satisfying either because you have to choose one option, even if none of them seems to fit properly.

So having multiple options is the key to freedom and success. The more options, the better.

In systems theory we would say “the element with the highest flexibility of behaviour dominates the system”.

And that’s exactly it. Flexibility allows you to adapt to the external circumstances. And that’s crucial, because you can’t change
the people nor the circumstances around you. You just can change your reaction to it. The way you respond.

That means you are able to develop an attitude that helps you to get the best out of the current situation.

What else does flexibility mean?

“When something you’re doing doesn’t work, just try out something else!” That is true flexibility.

Many people try to achieve a goal by always repeating the same behaviour. Sometimes they even recognize that they’re always getting the same bad results but they just don’t change their behaviour.

In the end they rather quit their goals than just trying out something different.

In this case they only have one option. They’re in the box. No way out.

To get out, you need alternatives. They determine whether you are master of the situation or not.

An alternative is nothing more than a connection of neurons in your brain.

Some of these connections are very strong (that are the ones you’re using very often) other ones are very weak. But more important in this case is how many connections there really are.

Many connections mean high flexibility. Many connections allow you to think associative: the way your brain loves to work.

That’s the reason why mind maps are so effective brainstorming tools. This method works the same way your brain works: associative.

So the content in this case doesn’t matter. Flexibility is more a kind of form.

People who are highly flexible transfer different contents into one another by changing the neuronal connections in their brains.

And this has got a fascinating impact: Once you change a neuronal connection in your brain concerning a specific subject you will observe something amazing. The new insights and perspectives you get are being transferred onto many other different fields in your life.

That means… today you’re perhaps cleaning your teeth just the other way round than normally. Tomorrow you maybe recognize that you have just solved a conflict with your employees very effective and elegant and most of all … totally different than you normally do.

That’s flexibility. Another example are people who travel a lot. Very often you can see old people travelling a lot when they’ve retired.

Have you ever wondered why these people look so young, so energized and so alive? The answer is fairly easy. They’re training their flexibility each single day when they travel.

New language, new culture, new people….

It’s so fascinating to see how flexibility can change people.

So please tell me….what are YOU going to change next?

Just try out and enjoy :-)

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Posted in Flexibility on Jan 19th, 2012, 21:07 by haukeborow