Have you ever noticed that there are two types of leaders? There are those who attain power by their position or title and then there are those who just seem like natural leaders. These are often the people with no official title or position, but the very people who everyone turns to when they need help, guidance or advice.
Why is it that some people appear much more powerful and in control than others who seem hopelessly helpless and out of control? Is it money? Privilege? Power? Or is it something else? Could it be that these powerful and accountable people have a certain way of thinking, acting and being that helps them remain powerful and accountable?
Since the days of Aristotle, the philosophers have known that the words we speak are followed by the actions we take which ultimately determine our outcomes. Specifically, "Our thoughts become our words. Our words become our actions. Our actions become our habits. Our habits become our destiny." Says Aristotle. In short, when you change your perspective, you change your destiny. So how do you do that?
Jim Paterek, who I have the good fortune to call both my friend and colleague, brought this corporate culture to our company, Trepoint, and it has made all the difference in helping our team remain powerful and accountable. It's very same lesson that was taught to many successful Fortune 500 leaders.
At its most basic level, The Lifeline illustrates that for any given situation, we can choose to either approach the problem from the perspective of a victim or an empowered person. And that for every victim statement, there is an opposite empowered statement.
So how do we turn it around? More importantly, how do we help those around us stay powerful and accountable when we hear these statements? It's all in how you look at the problem. Change your perspective and you can shift from operating from a powerless domain to operating from a position of power and accountability. Here's how.
If you would like to learn more about The Lifeline, or are interested in having me present this corporate culture to your team, you can email me (email@example.com) or reach out via Twitter @BillCarmody and we can "Make it Happen" together.