Three tips for Hyper-rational as Change Leader

“What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” by Marshall Goldsmith
“What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” by Marshall Goldsmith

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“What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” by Marshall Goldsmith

 

A main strength of hyper-rational is intellectual powers, e.g. clear-headed, knowledgeable, passionate.  The flip side of hyper-rational is intellectual arrogance, distance.   As a change leader with a strong desire to lead people to a change, hyper-rational has faced many challenges in working with people. The hyper-rational understands people are influenced by emotions.  In reality, a hyper-rational person has a hard time connecting with people at an emotional level to increase his/her influence.  As a coach, based on my professional and personal experiences, these 3 tips may help hyper-rational to leverage on strengths to develop more relationship related creative competencies.

 

  1. Develop more of creative competencies

    From protecting tendency to self-awareness and systems-awareness competencies
    From protecting tendency to self-awareness and systems-awareness competencies

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Using the leadership assessment system, Leadership Circle Profile, a hyper-rational person tends to have a rather high score in protecting tendency.  To be more effective with less energy spent, the person can attempt to increase self-awareness and systems-awareness competencies.  For more details in using LCP self assessment for your leadership development planning, check out Know Your Leadership Gaps.

 

2) Empathise with people with difficulties in embracing the change

From the perspective of Positive Intelligence,  hyper-rational is a form of saboteur, e.g. over-use of strength of rationality. In the PQ program, it is recommended to shift from hyper-rational saboteur to one of sage powers, like empathy. To find out more details of the PQ operating system, check out Positive Intelligence (PQ) and group dialogue 2021.

 PQ operating system
PQ operating system

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3) Practise, practise, practise

Leadership is a skill.  You can practise leadership skills in an official role or voluntary role. To receive support while practising, you may consider a leadership container , e.g. AskOne Leadership Development series.

leadership container
leadership container

Photo credit : Hamman, Michael. Evolvagility: Growing an Agile Leadership Culture from the Inside Out (p. 90)

 

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