What words capture the essence of quiescent leadership? Three words come to mind: alignment, awareness, and connection. Each of these contain action and thought, and each requires emotional intelligence. Here are some brief thoughts on these leadership traits–traits I believe characterize every leader regardless of how much the leader realizes these traits.
Perhaps no other words doom a leader to failure more than the urgency to do something. Urgency matters, don’t get me wrong, but the urgency to take action more often than not leads to reckless failure. My principles of leadership stem from the concept of nothing, that is, we do not have to do something. My point is this: it is the question of “why” that is the leading question, not the question of “what” or “how”. Leading with calm is about leading with the question of purpose. Why are we doing this? Why do we exist as this team in the first place? The urgency, then, is not to find what to do, but why we are doing it.
Seinfeld– the show about nothing. I find this television show to be one of the best ways to explain my principle of nothing. This principle is at the foundation of my career. You could say I’ve made a career out of nothing. In the coming months, I will be sharing my thoughts on how to lead with calm, and one of the primary principles is the idea of nothing.