Holistic Inspirational Leadership

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Are you a Manager or Are you a Leader?

What is the essential difference?

 

In his classic 1977 and 2004 Harvard Business Review articles, Professor Abraham Zaleznik (1) says that what elevates you from being a manager who manages scarce resources to being a leader is your ability to inspire those around you.

To Inspire

 

Inspire shares the same Latin root as ‘spirit,’ meaning the breath of life. So, to inspire literally means to breathe life into.

Research shows that inspirational leaders breathe vitality, passion, purpose and cohesion into their organizations and those around them. Their teams are more committed, work harder and have lower turnover, greater team spirit and higher morale (2, 3) (see references at the bottom of the page).

This requires intelligence, capacities and skills, for working with the intangible inner elements in oneself and those one leads. These inner elements drive human inspiration and motivation.

 

Discover Your Own Profile and Cultivate
Your Holistic Inspirational Leadership?

Our self- and 360-assessment tools are designed to assess and support your growth and development. We provide a personalized report highlighting your strengths, assets, and developmental opportunities. Along with each competency area, we provide some tips on how to apply that competency in your leadership role (in whatever way you are influencing people) and how to further apply and develop it.

 

Inspirational Leadership Report (ILR). This report provides an assessment of your qualities, strengths and opportunities for becoming a more powerful holistic inspirational leader. As an inspirational leader, you can breathe greater passion, purpose, and cohesion into your organization. Based on our and other’s research, (2, 3) developing your holistic inspirational leadership will result in teams and organizations that are more committed, work harder, have greater team spirit, exhibit higher morale and motivation, and have lower turnover. Holistic Inspirational Leaders leverage the seven dimensions of leadership outlined above as they mobilize Meaning, interact with Grace, are Inner-Directed, motivated by Truth- and reality-orientation, show up in their powerful Authentic Presence, cultivate Community, tap into and express Wisdom. This HIL self-assessment takes about 15 minutes to answer 52 questions. Click here to begin.

 

I enjoyed taking the survey and reflecting on my decision-making, and leadership style. It provided me with lots of food for introspection and insight. And the coaching and lessons based on the results were invaluable. Thanks for the opportunity!” – Melissa

 

Inspirational Leadership Report 360 (ILR-360). This report includes a self-assessment as well as peer and colleague assessment across the seven dimensions of Holistic Inspirational Leadership identified in our research. The people you invite can be those who work under, side-by-side ,or above you within your organization.  Simply provide their email addresses, and we will invite them (and send them occasional reminders) to provide the feedback, which takes about 10–15 minutes for them to complete. Your 360-report will then compare your self-assessment side-by-side with the 360- feedback, presenting your self-perceived profile as well as your profile as perceived by others.  You will discover how similar your own perception is to those of others around you. Most people discover some pleasant surprises in terms of hidden strengths that they can leverage more effectively, and perhaps some yellow flags or potential blind spots to watch out for.

 

Though not necessary, we also usually recommend, and most people purchase, an hour or an hour-and-a-half of personalized coaching from one of our Intelligensi certified coaches that you can choose from. Such coaching support may be invaluable in helping you to interpret your results and apply and learn from your feedback. Click here to begin.

 

I have greatly benefited from the quick process of taking this survey and reflecting on my leadership style, which looks at how and when I lead based on fear versus hope. What’s more, my team has enjoyed the process and appreciated the opportunity to give me anonymous feedback and assess their leadership abilities as well.” – Shawn

 

 
Inspirational Leadership
Comprehensive Survey
Inspirational Leadership
52 items self-assessment
(15 minutes)
Comprehensive report with development tips
$79.95

Inspirational Leadership
360º Survey
Inspirational Leadership
52 items self-assessment
(15 minutes)
52 items 360 feedback
(15 minutes)
Comprehensive report with 360 feedback and development tips
$129.95

CEOs from 42 companies, plus 210 members of their staff, helped to answer this question by participating in Yosi Amram’s PhD research study.

 

I truly enjoyed and learned from the process and the questions (I felt they were thoughtfully written). It’s hard, if not impossible to get this kind of feedback as a leader, and especially as a CEO. Plus my team loved it. They appreciated the opportunity to give me feedback and assess their own abilities if they wanted to.” – Paul

 

Research has validated a comprehensive model of Holistic Inspirational Leadership grounded in emotional and spiritual intelligence competencies.  Since then, we have worked with hundreds of leaders, helping them to develop themselves along seven dimensions of Holistic Inspirational Leadership (HIL).  Both through our own and others’ research, as well as this direct coaching experience, we have seen first-hand that Holistic Inspirational Leaders breathe passion, purpose, and cohesion into their organization.  And that higher levels of HIL produce leaders who build and lead teams that are more committed, work harder and on purpose, have lower turnover, and exhibit higher morale.

 

The seven dimensions of Holistic Inspirational Leadership (HIL) and their associated competencies are diagrammed and defined below:

Holistic Inspirational Leadership

1. Meaning: Mobilizing meaning for the organization by articulating a vision for service and instilling a sense of purpose.

Purpose: Identifying and driving the focus and the key values and mission for you and your organization beyond money, including finding meaning in adversity, setbacks, and challenges.

Service: Answering the question, “Why are we here?” Articulating how your work and organization serve needs and add value to those around you and to the world.

Vision: Painting a detailed and compelling picture of the future.

 

2. Grace: Leading and interacting with grace, passion, and positive emotions to instill hope, trust, celebration, joy, and fun.

Passion: Bringing vitality, excitement, and energy to your daily activities.

Joy: Experiencing and bringing fun and joy to your activities and work. Playfulness, joy, and fun have been demonstrated to lead to greater creativity and success in problem solving.

Gratitude: Appreciating people, saying “thank you,” and celebrating your positive successes and accomplishments along the way.

Beauty: Valuing and noticing beauty and creativity in your and others’ work.

Optimism: Inspiring optimism, hope, and trust that things will work out for the best.

 

3. Inner-Directedness: Aligning with and inspiring others from your inner core of authenticity, freedom, confidence, and centeredness.

Integrity: The ability to discern, stand firm, and in alignment with your values and truth.

Freedom: The ability to think and act creatively outside the box and break free from outside norms and conventions.

Confidence: The ability to be comfortable and confident, both in your own skin and in expressing your unique, authentic self.

Centered: The ability to stay calm, centered, grounded, and in command even when things are uncertain and chaotic around you.

 

4. Truth: Motivation that is based primarily on an open interest in truth rather than on ego gratification.

Egolessness: Remaining humble and non-defensively open to hearing the truth from others’ perspectives and being interested in their feedback (internal and external).

Openness: Staying open, accepting, and curious about the truth and learning and growing without defensiveness, resistance, or resentment.

 

5. Presence: Showing up with your full attention, focus, clarity of intention, and embodied power in every moment and each interaction.

Attention: Being focused and present. Attending to what and who are in front of you rather than letting your mind wander off.

Empowered: Personal power that is embodied, strong, and grounded.

Intention: Awareness and clarity of purpose and intention in your engagements and interactions.

 

6. Community: Cultivating relatedness, teamwork, cohesion, connection, collaboration, and unity in and around the organization.

Synthesis: Finding connection and common ground by synthesizing conflicting, contradictory, or paradoxical viewpoints into a coherent, wider, and more inclusive perspective.

Holism: power from alignment with and loyalty and devotion to a force or cause greater than the individual self.

Relatedness: Feeling and fostering connection and interpersonal relationships with others that are based on kinship, mutual understanding, collaboration, empathy, and compassion.

 

7. Wisdom: Using capacities and practices that greatly empower you and provide a wide perspective by tapping into your intuition and inner wisdom.

Intuition: Ability to tap into your gut sense, instinctive feelings, and other modes of knowing that augment strictly analytical and rational thinking in order to gain insight, creativity, or make important decisions..

Higher-Self: Ability to connect with and receive guidance from parts of you that can tap into your higher, inner wisdom.

Devotion: The power that comes from alignment with, and loyalty and devotion to, a force or cause greater than your individual self.

Practice: Applying practices to gain fresh new perspectives through times set for reflection, relaxation, and recharging.

 

I have greatly benefited from the quick process of taking this survey and reflecting on my leadership style, which looks at how and when I lead based on fear versus hope. What’s more, my team has enjoyed the process and appreciated the opportunity to give me anonymous feedback and assess their leadership abilities as well.” – Shawn

 

(1) Zaleznik, Abraham (2004) Managers and Leaders: Are They Different? Harvard Business Review (January).

(2) Amram, Yosi (2009). The Contribution of Emotional And Spiritual Intelligences to Effective Business Leadership (pdf). Doctoral dissertation, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA

(3) Amram, Y., Luskin, F., Posner, B., & Shapiro, S (2010). The Contribution of Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence To Explaining Leadership (pdf). ITP, Stanford, & Santa Clara University Working Paper, Palo Alto, CA.