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How To Influence Inspired Action

Leadership is much more about the capacity to influence indirectly the people in your organization in a way that results in them taking inspired action.

So how does the metaphor of a lighthouse relate to influence and inspired action? Lighthouses were created to warn mariners of object hazards and to provide a reference point for safe passage. Lighthouses are there through all types of weather.

In this leadership presentation image it means being a trusted presence to offer guidance when it’s needed. Not stepping in and rescuing people or situations. Being a leader of influence requires that you hold a strong faith in your capacity to let people make their way through difficult situations.

  • Leadership can sometimes require that we follow.
  • Leadership is about listening intently and being dedicated to the success of each person and thus the whole of the organization.
  • Leadership is about balancing ones dedication to mission/vision with the human capability of your organization.
  • Leadership is about strong conviction grounded in authenticity, humility and self respect.

At Colibri Facilitation we’ve learned that inspired action comes from a workplace where people give themselves permission to head out into uncharted water’s knowing they will encounter rough seas. People reassured by the strength of their craft and knowing that in the distance they have the support to regain their bearings and find safe harbor. An inspired leader see’s all of this and more.

How are you influencing inspired action?



Water As A Leadership Metaphor

Water is a common metaphor when looking at leadership

Water as a Leadership Metaphor

Over the last twelve years I’ve had the opportunity to visually record leadership synthesis sessions of more than 300 executives. Each presenter was asked to provide a leadership metaphor that described his or her leadership journey. The graphic facilitation example is of one of these many leadership presentations.

The most common metaphor in all the presentations is the presence of water in it’s many forms. Rivers and oceans, swift moving water and the calm of water in a pond or backyard garden. The image of water and leadership together makes me think of a person who provides steady leadership in a rapidly changing if not volatile business climate. A few phrases come to mind, the calm before the storm or the eye of the storm. Or in the image I included, preparing for a raft trip.

In this presentation leadership is about everyone being in the same boat going in the same direction. Our work is a journey of continuous learning. As a leader being reflective of how his or her actions influence others. Jeff reminds us that in every journey we “paint the path” as we go. We have to learn to live with a degree of uncertainty and trust that the journey will unfold.

If we have a strong team and a clear destination point the journey should be fun, a bit scary at times, but in the end a team affirming experience. One we remember and discuss around a warm campfire at the end of the day.

How do you influence the people around you? Comment below; I’d like to know.