I’m delighted to share with you the “Infinity Leadership Pathway” which has been developed to provide a framework for developing exceptional leaders…
The model describes a pathway for conscious personal and professional growth. All conscious, goal directed growth starts with an increase in Awareness – something new enters your realm of experience. This gives rise to Choice, which is followed by Action. As we take action we receive Feedback from the environment which raises our awareness and so the cycle goes.
This pathway can either continue to flow and expand or it can falter and implode depending on a number of capabilities. A new experience can generate strong negative emotions resulting in a reduced capacity to think clearly. Therefore, between Awareness and Choice, the ability to Regulate Emotions is critical if we are to effectively evaluate our choices. Between choice and action our ability to broaden our perspectives and Envisage Possiblilities will give us access to a wider range of potential actions. As we take action, the mindset we hold will significantly influence what we see in the feedback and whether or not we learn from it. If we Adopt a Growth Mindset then we will look for the learning opportunities in the feedback. If we do not, then we will be more likely to look for evidence of the success or failure of our actions and miss valuable information that could help us to grow. The extent to which we then Pause, Reflect and Consolidate to extract meaning from events will influence the value and relevance of what we feed into our awareness which sparks the next cycle.
At the centre of the Infinity Leadership Pathway is Attention. What we pay attention to determines whether the pathway falters and implodes or flows and expands.
Paying attention to our emotions facilitates choice and gives rise to Expanding Possibilities. As we take action, we develop new habits and create Expanding Capabilities. Through action and feedback we generate Expanding Experience. Finally, our ability to consistently build awareness results in Expanding Wisdom as we gain greater access to the full depth and breadth of our knowledge and experience.
The Infinity Leadership Pathway is proving to be particularly powerful in helping clients to grow their leadership capability. The capabilitiy building that we have done in each area, based on relevant and established leadership theory and Neuroscience research, has provided tangible and relevant tools for people to apply in their daily roles.
Above all, the realisation that high attentional control is a critical skill for leaders has been both powerful and daunting for our participants. Leaders have relentless demands on their attention and it takes effort and practice to build the mental muscle required to exercise conscious choice over where we place our attention. While this is certainly not the only essential leadership skill, we think it is one of the most important of all.