It is crucial to understand the motivations underpinning our leadership. Reflect on the following:
Q: Do I feel I have something special to offer?
Q: Am I pursuing status and rewards?
Q: Am I driven by the power and control it offers?
Q: What does being a leader say about me?
Finally, ask yourself: What is my purpose as a leader?
Tom’s Reflections on These Questions
These questions go to the heart of your journey as a leader. In essence, why are you on this journey?
I know many leaders who simply got promoted because they were there.
Others actively seek leadership roles because they feel they have something special to offer.
Still others want the power and status that goes with such roles.
Why does this matter? Because ultimately, the “why you are on your journey” will feed into each and every interaction and decision.
- If you are in it for the money, do you really care what happens to the organisation after you leave?
- Are the decisions more optimised for short-term gain than long-term sustainability?
If, instead, you truly believe in the organisation’s mission different timescales may inform your decision-making. CEOs in US publicly listed company make for an interesting study. CEO to average worker pay ratios are trending upward, but average tenure is dropping. Along with the short-term focus of public markets, this trend is likely shortening decision horizons.
Remember, our choices as leaders are never isolated. They ripple through the organisation, community and society, shaping our collective future.
The Curious Leaders programme is designed to foster a deep sense of curiosity about who you are as a person and as a leader. It challenges you to reflect on what you can do each day to become a more effective leader. The premise is that before we can truly lead others, we first need to lead ourselves.
It thus ultimately starts with self-leadership. This is about building a practice of reflection and action whereby we become increasingly curious about how our thinking is impacting our actions. This is the first step in building a world in which curiosity shapes leadership.
In this world, leaders aren’t boxed in by traditional thinking or established playbooks. They are open to fresh ideas and diverse perspectives, fostering a culture of exploration and learning. In truth, nurturing curiosity in leadership is essential if we are to address the key challenges of the 21st century.