My why

I read a lot. I think it’s an inherent desire to see different perspectives and learn new things. One book that has really made me think is Simon Sinek’s Start with Why. So much so I have been working through the online ‘Why’ course.

In this  post, my aims are as follows:

• Brief outline of the concept of Why

• Consider your why

• Share my why

This simple idea is The Golden Circle via @SimonSinek

Why is it that some leaders and organisations are able to inspire greater loyalty and engagement among their customers and employees alike? How are they are able to achieve and sustain inordinate amounts of success for years on end?

Every single organisation on the planet, even our own careers, function on three levels:

1. What we do

2. How we do it; and

3. Why we do it.

Consider the following:

To _______________________________ so that ____________________________

CONTRIBUTION                                               IMPACT

When those three pieces are aligned, it gives us a filter through which to make decisions. It provides a foundation for innovation and for building trust. When all three pieces are in balance, others will say, with absolute clarity and certainty, “We know who you are,” “We know what you stand for.”

Having changed roles recently from Pastoral to have the privilege of Leading Teaching and Learning, it has really made me think about ‘My Why’. The biggest thing I have learnt as a leader, it’s actually not about me. It’s about enabling others to be the best they can be.

Key questions to consider:

• How do you help to contribute to create that environment?

• How do your empower and instil a sense of hope, inspiration?

• What are you core values and moral purpose? Your why?

Relating this to Leadership, your ‘why’ leads to absolute clarity as to what type of person you are and any ‘work mask’ you may have, eventually eliminating it, as you become one single source of the truth about who you are and what you stand for.

You can then work harder at being yourself, which delivers a lot of contentment and happiness in the long term. At that point, you’ll be surprised by what happens and how far you can go in generating authentic relationships in all walks of life. It will all mirror back to you.

As Mintzberg puts it: “Leadership is not about making clever decisions and doing bigger deals, least of all for personal gain. Effective leadership inspires more than empowers; it connects more than controls; it demonstrates more than decides. It does all of this by engaging – itself above all and consequently others (2004, p. 143).

And finally…

Here’s my why – Developing others

To enable, support and grow others to reach their full potential, so that they go beyond their perspective of what they thought was possible.

It would be great to hear your views and ‘why’.

Further Reading:

www.startwithwhy.com/

www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_…