Situational Mindsets expands leadership beyond mastering personal style, skill set, and positive characteristics. It adds the ability to adjust to dynamic conditions and deliverresults. The importance of situational awareness was cited as early as the 5th century BC in The Art of War by Sun Tze. Sun Tze described how the terrain, weather, population, sources for food and water, and vegetation were important factors in military strategy.
While the challenges facing our leaders today differ, knowing what has been what is and what is changing enables leaders to accurately assess their current environment to make a smart decision.
Situational Mindsets offer a framework to effectively scan an organization’s environment, weigh alternatives, decipher complexity, and address changing realities. Leaders cannot do everything that they want to do, but they must target what is vital at this moment in time. Using situational mindsets, leaders grasp present realities, foster engagement, circumvent risk and leverage opportunities. Situational mastery flows from asking questions. It does not depend on IQ, advanced degrees or extensive training. Also, when we exchange information, we promote understanding and alignment. Leaders do not need to have all the right answers, but they must ask all of the right questions. No one person can handle the pace of change, the growing complexity and amount of data. But the task is not overwhelming. It merely requires a situational mindset checklist to guide data collection and prevent potential blind spots.
Six situational mindsets cover key organizational factors: new products and services, customer focus and competitive position, organizational excellence, productivity and profitability, people and culture, and preparing for the future. Insights from situational mindsets prioritize actions and prevent blunders.
Another benefit is that mindsets enhance respect for different points of view. Valuing diverse perspectives builds collaboration and initiative. It also reduces interpersonal conflict. It provides the clues to walk in another’s shoes translates. It spotlights how to influence their thinking and actions. It is also the greatest honor you can give to another person—to listen to them and help them achieve their goals. After we understand all perspectives and realities, we can discover common ground.
In the dynamic 21st century the scope of leadership must expand. Situational mastery, critical thinking, priority setting, and sustainable results play a critical role in a person’s and an organization’s success. Click to order your copy ☛ Situational Mindsets
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