Have you ever come into the office one morning and everything just seemed to go exactly the way you planned?
You were able to get a lot accomplished, your meetings were productive, and all your team members were just making “it” happen, without your involvement. Time just flew by!
This is called “flow,” and we have all experienced it at one time or another. But, more on that later…
If you have ever Googled leadership or looked it up on YouTube, then there’s a good chance that you came across Simon Sinek’s concept of the Golden Circle.
The Golden Circle is a theory that suggests the most effective leaders are the ones that really believe in what they’re doing, and know why they’re doing what they’re doing. This helps them to be that much more committed and enthusiastic, which comes across to their stakeholders.
The question of why is also something that can motivate an entire team. It also ties in nicely with research being carried out in the start-up culture and why it is so successful.
For example, if you look at Silicone Valley, it may appear as if something very unique is happening.
Countless new businesses are being born every day and many of them are shifting paradigms and changing the way we interact with technology. So, why is that the case?
Now, this is where we get back to “flow” …
There are lots of theories but one argument is that start-ups experience more flow than other businesses and that this is what makes them more effective.
Flow, or “flow states,” describe a state of mind in which an individual is incredibly focused and alert. They lose track of everything else going on around them, even the passage of time!
This in turn leads to a situation where they can react faster, make better decisions and completely involve themselves with the matters at hand.
So, when are leaders “in the zone?” When we are completely committed to what we are doing, believe in it 100%, and love it. That means we think something is incredibly important, but not life threatening!
In our example, this is what happens when a start-up truly believes in what it is doing. That is why start-ups change the world while old, stuffy businesses stay stagnant.
If you want to become a great leader and you want to inspire your team, sell them on your vision of what you are doing. Make them excited, explain why it matters, and go with the flow!
Have you shared your why?
Dr. Kim Moore, guiding YOU to lead with confidence!
Dr. Kim Moore
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