The biggest leadership challenge
The world of Positive Psychology – the science of what makes life worth living – descended on Melbourne last week for the 6th World Congress in Positive Psychology. This amazing event showcased Melbourne as the world’s most liveable city, whilst respecting the original landowners. It established the central role that Australia plays on the world stage of research and practice in this field, and attracted more than 1600 people from over 50 countries spread across 8 continents. It was quite a show!
The theme of the conference was Nexus – connection, and a consistent message in many of the workshops, presentations and discussions was the need for our perspective to shift from developing wellbeing with the individual, to influencing wellbeing within larger and larger systems.
This is, I believe, the role of leadership – to be able to support the needs, goals and dreams of the individual (me), the team (we) and the larger organisation (us). Investing energy and time in developing awareness and understanding at each of these levels is critical to achieving leadership success – which ultimately is about enabling the success of others.
But we are each part of multiple ‘us’s’.
The everyday opportunity of ‘little l’ leadership
Beyond the workplace we can influence systems such as our families, schools, communities through ‘little l’ leadership – our energy, attitude and mindsets and the example we set through our actions and behaviours. And this is the biggest leadership challenge – to accept and lean into the responsibility and opportunity that leadership offers to us every day.
How are you leaning into yours?
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Copyright 2019: Dr Paige Williams
Paige Williams, PhD
Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach
Paige helps leaders leverage their leadership to lead teams that deliver and create culture that feeds high performance.