Back in May I gave a presentation to the Global Sociocracy For All conference. I really appreciated the chance to think through and share my ideas about the connections between Leadership Agility and Sociocracy.
Leadership Agility is a discipline for charting a course for developing leaders, and Sociocracy is a governance model for designing better ways to make decisions in organization.
As far as I can tell, nobody else is talking about how these are related. In other words, the Leadership Agility community is off doing its thing, and the Sociocracy community is off doing what it does. They’re not talking to each other.
My view is that they should be talking – that you really can’t develop to a Catalyst leader without reinventing how decisions are made in your organization. And likewise, you can’t successfully implement a new governance model if the top leaders aren’t consciously developing their leadership capacity so they can embrace the sociocratic model.
Since this was an audience of sociocracy folks, my presentation introduced Leadership Agility and how my personal journey as a leader moving from Expert to Achiever to Catalyst expressed itself in the deployment of sociocratic principles in my company.
This presentation was a lot of fun. The video of my presentation and a pdf of the talk are available on my Writings page.
I’ve been accused of being a conceptual-thinker (and most of the time I do not think it is meant as a compliment). And that’s probably the root of the apprehension I feel in putting this out there.
At the heart of the matter? The world needs leaders who are operating from a deep place – from their soul. But soul work is subtle.
In Courage to Teach, Parker Palmer writes:
If we want to support each other’s inner lives, we must remember a simple truth: the human soul does not want to be fixed, it wants simply to be seen and heard. If we want to see and hear a person’s soul, there is another truth we must remember: the soul is like a wild animal – tough, resilient, and yet shy. When we go crashing through the woods shouting for it to come out so we can help it, the soul will stay in hiding. But if we are willing to sit quietly and wait for a while, the soul may show itself.
Check out the article and let me know what it stirs in you.
Oh, and a shout out to Rhonda Pfaltzgraff-Carlson over at WorkingWisdom.co for some helpful feedback on the essay.