A colleague recently sent me an article titled “Bad to great: The path to scaling up excellence“ from McKinsey.com. The subtile is “Before senior executives try to spread best practices, they should use seven techniques to clear out negative behaviour that stands in the way.”
The key message is:
“Yet case studies and rigorous academic research show that if you want to create and spread excellence, eliminating the negative is the first order of business.”
If you use the Human Synergistics Life-Style Inventory (LSI) as a leadership development tool you could use the same seven techniques on a personal level.
When coaching Leaders through their LSI results I have found that they get accelerated results by first focusing them in on their security based behaviours that are holding them back. Finding and replacing the beliefs that hold those security based behaviours in place creates a space that makes it easier to adopt and reinforce constructive behaviours in the long term. Just focusing on trying to be constructive tends to be thwarted by what Robert Kegan calls a “secondary commitment” (in his latest work he calls it “immunity to change”). I have referred to this challenge in a previous blog as personal resistance to change.
There is always a perceived benefit to security based (aggressive or passive) behaviour. Finding those perceived benefits is the key to unlocking your leadership potential.
Try adapting these seven organisational techniques to your personal path to leadership excellence.