Inpowering Leadership

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The 21st century business arena demands a different kind of leader. Structural change cycles are now occurring at dizzying speeds and “Black Swan” events are disrupting us with increasing frequency.

We now live in a world where change is the only constant, and past experience is no longer a good predictor of future success. Today’s leaders must be willing to step out of their comfort zones, challenge their personal assumptions, and rapidly adjust their worldview when faced with new information.

But that is not all. As they reimagine themselves, leaders must also be able to inspire their people to come with them towards new and sometimes uncertain horizons.

Whether you are a grizzled veteran looking to hone your craft, or a budding manager just starting to earn your stripes, this book can help you navigate today’s high change environment. It provides a four-step framework for transforming your organization into a focused, empowered, and engaged army that moves with speed and agility.

The chapters are written in the form of a hands-on learning experience. Each section pushes you to examine your leadership style and enact changes through real-life experiments. This approach of “learning by doing” is based on techniques the author used personally during his career. Are you ready to join him on a journey of personal exploration? 


The Inpowering Leadership Framework

The Inpowering Leadership Framework consists of four steps:

Moving with Purpose:

Disruptions and change events are inherently noisy. The horizon is fuzzy, things evolve constantly, and information pours in from all directions. If leaders do not control the narrative, their people can get distracted and lose morale.

Inpowering Leaders set a clear North Star that tells everyone where they are heading right now. They ensure that stakeholders and superiors buy into their mission and actively support it. This creates a strong sense of shared purpose and focuses the organization on its most vital priorities.

Moving with Speed:

The most important commodity today is time. To stay ahead of the competition, leaders must build organizations that move with speed and change direction with agility.

Inpowering Leaders increase organizational velocity through a combination of empowerment and autonomy. They decentralize decision-making and encourage everyone to take direct action. Operating this way enables them to make contributions that far exceed what they could have individually imagined or delivered.

Moving with Accuracy:

Change events create uncertainty. Situations are new, information is scarce, and leaders cannot lean on past experience to find answers.

Inpowering Leaders improve the accuracy of their decisions by pressure testing them against a variety of inputs and perspectives. They build a diverse and engaged talent pool that speaks freely and actively challenges their assumptions. They initiate hard conversations and seek out the truth, no matter how painful or inconvenient it is. Once all the information is in, they interpret it with honesty and make a final decision.

Building Resilience:

Leading an organization through change requires more than sound operational tactics; it also requires inspiration. Leaders must inject an extra oomph into their people that makes them resilient in the face of external shocks and disruptions.

Inpowering Leaders show visible conviction and enthusiasm for the mission. They invest in their people and always do the right things – no matter the consequences. They lead by example and create resilient organizations that persist and thrive even after they have moved on to new challenges.

Summary:

Inpowering Leaders leverage the inner power within themselves as well as within their people to successfully navigate change and disruption. To learn more, get a copy of my book at Amazon.


Additional Resources

Are you an Analyst, a Sentinel, a Diplomat, or an Explorer? 16personalities.com

Using Meditation and Mindfulness to Cope with Disruption. Why Leaders Need Meditation Now More Than Ever

Using the Pareto Principle to Increase Your Effectiveness. How to Focus on the Vital Few

Alignment as a Pre-requisite for Success. The Biggest Obstacle to Innovation in Large Companies

Running Meetings Differently. How Jeff Bezos Turned Narrative into Amazon’s Competitive Advantage

Speaking truth to larger-than-life figures (an example from the medical industry). Our Duty to the VIP Patient

Employee Engagement in a WFH Environment. Is MBWA Still Possible When Everything is Digital and Remote?

What Makes Organizations Resilient? My blog article


About the Author

Dr. Vijay Jayachandran is a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience leading global teams and programs at a Fortune 50 company. He is an optimist who believes in the power of ordinary people to do extraordinary things.


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