As a follow-up of our post on Openness Alone Cannot Drive Change and the fantastic video by Margaret Heffernan, let’s reflect a bit about what this means for the leader in the Fourth Revolution context.
Indeed, as Margaret Heffernan explains, leadership is dealing with Conflict. Dealing with the information that is available and contradicts our usual vision of the world, or requires us to review our world-view.
It is so amazing to see all the time those situations where people don’t stand up to situations. Because that is hard and risky.
It is difficult to give feedback to someone who is creating anxiousness by their behavior, or who just plainly behaves in a way that is negative for himself and his environment. It entails creating a bit of conflict for the sake of resolving a much larger issue.
Wouldn’t the right definition of leadership be: being able to stand up, be assertive and courageous to address conflict in a constructive way - or create the right amount of conflict at the right time ?
Not just addressing conflict in a destructive manner, but recognizing tensions and addressing them in a way that creates value. Addressing them in a way that cares and brings us to a better world.
Are you ready to look into the face of Conflict and lead us?