Waverley

Several years ago we pooled our thoughts about what leadership meant for us. It became a kind of ‘charter’ to guide our practice. We often review this and fine tune it. It seemed to resonate with people, so we thought we would share it:

  • Leadership is always formed in relationship. A leader cannot lead without followers’ consent. Each must offer something to the other.
  • The aspiration to lead should arise from the desire to serve.
  • Every follower wants to contribute to something meaningful. The greatest gift of the leader is to inspire others with a sense of purpose.
  • The leader’s role is not to convince others to share their vision but to live it, enabling others to discover their vision within themselves.
  • Developing leadership capacity therefore requires inner work. The capacity to lead does not come from position or personality – but from self-knowledge and self-direction; an understanding of one’s particular strengths, motives, values and vision.
  • While skills and techniques may help the leader, they are no substitute for self-awareness. Leadership is not taught but self-developed.
  • Leadership credibility is built on trust. Trust is given to those who demonstrate alignment between stated values and daily behaviours – who have real demonstrable integrity.
  • Leadership does not diminish those who follow. It reveals and enhances their potential to become the complete human beings they are capable of becoming.
  • Leadership always creates a supportive environment for the development of other leaders.
  • Leaders create culture at every level of an organisation. Their day-to-day behaviours define its values. If you want to understand the nature of an organisation, watch the behaviour of the leaders. 

The leader’s role is not to convince others to share their vision but to live it, enabling others to discover their vision within themselves.