Ever since my first blog on the topic of All-In Leadership in 2011, the concept has led readers to ask for more. I obliged with blogs on All-In Women Leaders, 10 Reasons to Be All-In at Work, 12 Ways All-In Leadership Increases the Value of Any Team Meeting, and All-In Leadership—NOW!
The All-In concept advocates that we all have leadership potential, but too many of us are looking to others to lead. We need to stop looking “up” when we all should be looking in. All-In Leadership is a term I use to remind all of us about our individual choice to lead and how we can best approach this opportunity to be more powerful today.
But your feedback has been consistent: Rick, can you make it easier for me to see my All-In choices? Well at long last I can say YES!
I’ve just added a simple tool to my website that can provide you with a super-quick way to assess how All-In (powerful) you are today, and to decide what you might change to be more All-In tomorrow.
I believe that All-In power comes when we connect what we do to who we are. All-In power is comprised of five elements that can be found in every one of us:
- Clarity – the quality of being certain or definite in a process or course of direction.
- Influence – the capacity to have an effect on the development or behavior of someone or something.
- Energy – the drive and vitality to live and engage fully.
- Confidence – the feeling of self-assurance that comes from an understanding of one’s own priorities, abilities, and qualities.
- Impact – the strong and/or immediate sway on someone or something.
I believe strongly in equality and that these opportunities can be available to everyone. I also believe we are all connected and that when we go All-In it affects those around us.
All-In Power Spreads
Research supports my view that once anyone in a group goes All-In, the chance that others will too increases.
Specifically, research has found that positive emotions spread from person to person in a work environment. An individual’s or group’s emotion plays a strong role in the behavior of an organization. Studies show that positive mood or emotion enhances creative problem solving, cooperation, decision quality, overall performance, the search for creative solutions, and confidence in being able to achieve positive outcomes. One study by Yale researcher Sigal Barsade, PhD, found that a spread of positive emotion is associated with improved cooperation, decreased conflict, and better task performance at work.
I’ll close this blog with the same paragraph that closed my first All-In blog 7 years ago: “All-In Leadership also requires courage. The serious challenges we face individually and collectively can feel daunting if they fall to only a few to solve. We need leadership from senior executives, group managers, and individual contributors. Together, our combined leadership capabilities and skills can make the difference. Why not start today?”
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