Monday, July 20, 2009

BEING AND PRESENCE, NOT TECHNIQUE AND KNOW-HOW

Edwin Friedman's perspective on leadership bears repeating

“By well-differentiated leader…I mean someone who has clarity about his or her own life goals, and, therefore, someone who is less likely to become lost in the anxious emotional processes swirling about. I mean someone who can separate while still remaining connected, and therefore can maintain a modifying, non-anxious, and sometimes challenging presence. I mean someone who can manage his or her own reactivity to the automatic reactivity of others, and therefore be able to take stands at the risk of displeasing. What counts is a leader’s presence and being, not technique and know-how.” -- Edwin Friedman


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