iManage and leadership energies

I thought I might cover something other than Covid this week.  I was fortunate to meet virtually with a group of colleagues on the first workshop of the iManage programme.  You might recall that we agreed at an SLT and WLT session that each member would sponsor a group, and more importantly, take an active role in each of the activities.  I have to say that it was a welcome opportunity to listen to colleagues, discover a new approach to management, and do a little introspection.

Dave Tomkinson of AndPartnership introduced us to the concept of the four energies of leadership: physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual.  In essence, these are qualities that we all possess in some quantity, and the proportions that we use dictate how we lead and interact with our peers.  The core of his teaching is that, although we have a natural level of these in each of us, we can dial them up and down to suit the situation, within the limits of our approach being credible and genuine.  It got me thinking about how my own approach had evolved over the years, in response to changing environments, the amassing of experience and the evolution of attitudes in society.  For example, a General pointed out to me about 15 years ago that my almost forensic, intellectual approach at that time could be intimidating to those working with me, so I consciously dialled it down. I also dialled down the physical energy and dialled up the emotional energy when I arrived in Staffordshire County Council, as I realised that I was working in a different environment, which needed a different approach. I find it interesting that the Armed Forces have, in the interim, done the same thing in response to the changes in society, with the Sergeant Major of the Armed Forces, Glenn Houghton, speaking openly about mental health; that simply would not have happened a decade ago, but it is very welcome.

The iManage sessions are a real opportunity for all of our managers, and I would really recommend that you make best use of them.  I’d welcome any reflections that you have had as a result of Dave’s sessions and the conversations that follow.

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