McKinsey endorses the Inside-Out Outside-In Approach

McKinsey authors Nate Boaz and Erica Ariel Fox in the latest McKinsey Quarterly say: “Linking strategic and systemic intervention to genuine self-discovery and self-development by leaders is a far better path to embracing the vision of the organization and to realizing its business goals.”

Their research suggests that organizations who do the latter as well as the former, are four times more likely to succeed in a strategic transformational initiative. My experience in organizational transformation epitomizes this. With every major culture transformation, I have put into play new empowering people leadership and management systems in association with a values-based stage-centric leadership development program – now packaged neatly in the Holistic Leadership Program.

Erica Fox focuses on the inner world of the executive as follows: “You can think of your Big Four as an inner leadership team, occupying an internal executive suite: the chief executive officer (CEO), or inspirational Dreamer; the chief financial officer (CFO), or analytical Thinker; the chief people officer (CPO), or emotional Lover; and the chief operating officer (COO), or practical Warrior (exhibit).”

It’s so interesting to me – these are the exact same four dimensions I employ regarding Leadership Style although I name them SQ or Spiritual Intelligence, MQ or Mindful Agility, EQ or Emotional Intelligence and AQ or Action Orientation respectively. These are integrated quadrants of the 20th century Myers Briggs polarizing framework as shown in the diagram.

The third element of congruence is Erica’s reference to the Inner Lookout – what I call our RADAR – primed and ready to alert us to our inner state, our drivers, emotions, motivators, fears and hopes, in the moment of making a decision or taking action to ensure we are doing so with conscious awareness and not on our autopilot.

I take this one step further. Both being on the alert, and then healing any destructive, sabotaging or misleading emotions, can transform our perspective and enable us to “sail into calm”. It is this level of deeper inquiry and internal reconciliation that can lead us to leading our lives in a much more sustainable, empowering and liberating way. The way of the Strategist is at “calm”.

To find out more, why not undertake your own Holistic Leadership Profile – being offered on a complimentary basis this month.

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Published by Antoinette Braks

Antoinette Braks leads the design and delivery of SHIFT Leadership Development Individual and Group Coaching Programs for Senior Executives and High Potential Leaders to enable them to join the shift from being high performing achievers to becoming inspiring strategic leaders at divisional, regional and C-suite levels.

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