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  • Writer's pictureCindy Wilcox

Science of Leadership

Updated: Jun 13

I’ve spent the last 20+ years working heavily with the “science” of leadership – taking what are often amorphous goals and shape-shifting concepts and translating them into competency models and frameworks that allow a structured approach to leadership development. While I believe in the contributions of this approach, I also think it misses the mark in addressing the “being” aspects of leadership – the development of leadership qualities and practices that very directly impact the results we are able to achieve through our leadership.

One approach to developing the “being” aspects of leadership is to work with daily leadership practices that cultivate the qualities we want to embody as leaders. To be effective, practices need to:

- Expand the field or awareness from which one operates.
- Generate new insights through focused attention
- Apply clear intention to the expanded field of awareness and insights developed

Within that framework of awareness, attention, and intention, almost any quality or practice can be developed. Practices may focus on things as diverse as shifting emotional reactivity, enhancing resilience, developing greater authenticity in relationships, or even developing intuition.

Engaging in practices is about developing true mastery. Because so many of our skill development and individual change efforts and initiatives lack true practice, they often achieve fairly low success rates and limited return on investment. Developing and engaging in leadership practices is a low-cost, practical method for increasing the success and impact of our coaching, counseling, and leadership development efforts.

In future writings we will explore wisdom-based leadership practices, based on thousands of years of learnings through the world’s spiritual and wisdom traditions. And sometimes also the latest discoveries of neuroscience and mindfulness research!

In the meantime – what leadership practices do you engage in?

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