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Co-Active Leadership: What it means

Leading Blog: Co-Active Leadership


 

Posted: 22 May 2018 11:00 PM PDT

Co-Active Leadership

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T’S EASY TO THINK that you need a title to be a leader. So much of what we talk about when we talk about leadership is in the context of a title. It’s also easy to think that there’s only one way to lead.

In Co-Active Leadership, Karen and Henry Kimsey-House define leadership as “those who are responsible for their world.” So much of leadership is about initiative—taking responsibility. In this sense, anyone can choose to lead. “Leadership development, then, becomes about growing the size of the world for which one is able to be responsible.” Naturally, this would mean not only becoming “first-class noticers” but increasing one’s competence.

A multidimensional view of leadership allows for anyone to lead. The authors have created the Co-Active Leadership model that is multidimensional. “Everyone, at different times, plays all five roles, shifting from dimension to dimension as the circumstances and the needs of the moment require.”

The five dimensions are: Co-Active Leadership

Co-Active Leader Within
This is where all leadership begins—from within. It begins with taking responsibility for who you are, knowing your values, and then leading in alignment with those values. I agree with the authors that what we need to lead is within us, but leading with a “take me as I am” approach can lead to disaster. Self-awareness is about seeing who I am in relation to those I impact and asking ourselves if this is the person I want to be. Opening our heart is not enough. The bigger question is what is motivating the heart. From “Within” we move into the other dimensions as appropriate.

Co-Active Leader in Front
Leading in front is not about being in charge. A Co-Active Leader in Front fosters a “connection with the people who are following them and stand firmly for a clear direction and purpose.” They understand too that it is not about them, it’s also about creating the space for others to step up and share their knowledge and creativity. It’s about providing guidance.

Co-Active Leader Behind
This is about service. Co-Active Leaders Behind “focus on providing whatever is needed and, through openhearted and enthusiastic participation, advance the action in a way that holds everyone together.” They are most concerned about the whole. It’s about encouraging others.

Co-Active Leader Beside
Two can be better than one. Co-Active Leaders Beside “take responsibility for their world by creating their partnership around a shared vision and intention and supporting each other’s strength to generate a powerful synergy in which the whole is much greater than the sum of the parts.” It’s about partnering with team members.

Co-Active Leader in the Field
The field referred to here is “the energetic field that surrounds all of life and offering us information all the time.” So Co-Active Leaders in the Field is “about expanding our attention beyond individual people to connect with the energetic field that surrounds life.” It’s about drawing on insights from beyond the rational mind. It about sensing and connectedness.

Seeing leadership as more than top-down command, frees anyone to lead. Seeing leadership in the multi-dimensional way the authors present here, enriches a leaders responses and approaches to any given situation.

Killings in Nigeria: Herdsmen ‘Acting On Written Instruction’ – Bishop Ezeokafor

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The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has said the Fulani herdsmen allegedly killing Nigerians, are “acting on a written instruction”.

Ezeokafor added that the inaction and prolonged silence of the Federal Government over the killing of two Catholic priests and 17 worshippers in Benue State was an indication that there was a calculated attempt by unseen forces to wipe out Christians in Nigeria.

The Bishop said this on Tuesday through the Chancellor of the Diocese, Rev’d. Fr. (Dr) Francis Chidume, during a peaceful protest against incessant killings of Christians all over Nigeria by herdsmen.

Ezeokafor regretted that the federal government was unable to defend the lives and property of the citizenry.

He said, “It is unfortunate that since the killing of the priests and parishioners, the President is yet to make any statement, proving that the so-called Fulani herdsmen are acting on a written instruction.

“The protest which is going on simultaneously across the country is also to remind the Buhari-led administration that the protection of lives and property of the citizenry is his constitutional responsibility, and anything short of that is failure on its part.

“We are engaging in a protest march evoking the power, mercy and intervention of God. We are here to let the whole world hear us concerning the blood of Christians, especially the Catholic faithful that are being shed regularly.”

World Health Organization says the DR Congo Ebola outbreak is on ‘epidemiological knife edge’

The deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has a clear “potential to expand”, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday, as it reported seven more cases of the disease.
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“We are on the epidemiological knife edge,” Peter Salama, in charge of emergency response at the WHO, told a special meeting on the outbreak that has killed 27 people.

“The next few weeks will really tell if this outbreak is going to expand to urban areas or if we are going to be able to keep it under control,” said Salama.

The agency issued a new toll, saying there had been 58 cases since the outbreak was declared on May 8 — an increase of seven over figures issued on Tuesday — and said it was actively following more than 600 contacts.

One of the world’s most notorious diseases, Ebola is a virus-caused haemorrhagic fever that spreads through contact with bodily fluids and can lead to fatal bleeding from internal organs, the mouth, eyes or ears.

The outbreak began in rural northwestern DRC in a remote location called Bikoro.

Last Thursday, the first case was reported in Mbandaka — a city of around 1.2 million people that lies on the Congo River, acting as a transport hub to Brazzaville and Kinshasa downstream and to Bangui, upstream.

– ‘Can spread quickly’ –

So far, seven cases have surfaced in Mbandaka districts, WHO said.

“An urban case means that it can spread quickly. That is another challenge,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told Wednesday’s session during the agency’s annual World Health Assembly.

The proximity of the outbreak to neighbouring countries, especially through the river connection, was a major concern, he said.

“They are connected, they are very close, and that is another challenge that makes the problem really serious,” he said.

Salama said that another concerning factor was that five healthcare workers were among those infected.

“That is a tragedy in its own right, but it also signals the potential for further amplification,” he said.

At the same time, though, the top WHO officials and DRC’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva Zenon Mukongo Ngay, who spoke at the event, stressed the massive efforts put in place to halt the outbreak.

Salama said in just the two weeks since the outbreak was declared, clinical care facilities have been set up, an air bridge has been established to Bikoro, emergency financing has been mobilised, protective gear and emergency medical kits have been supplied.

In addition, a vaccination campaign has begun and more than 120 WHO staff alone have been deployed alongside numerous staff from other organisations under the leadership of the DRC government.

“It is hard to recall a situation of an outbreak where a government has responded more quickly and more decisively than in this outbreak,” he said.

– ‘Highly targeted’ vaccination –

A campaign using an experimental vaccine got underway this week, starting with first responders, before moving to any people known to have been in contact with suspected cases, and then on to the contacts of the contacts.

“This is not mass immunisation, this is highly targeted ring vaccination,” Salama said, pointing out that the aim was to form “protective rings around (each) case to protect the people themselves, but also to prevent further community transmission.”

He told AFP that some 10,000 people should be vaccinated within the next month.

Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa, meanwhile said WHO response teams have been sent to most of the nine surrounding countries to ensure they are sufficiently prepared in case the virus spreads beyond DRC.

“We are working very hard with the countries in the surrounding area to ensure that their readiness and their preparedness could be up to the task of a case arising in these countries,” she told AFP.

“We are hopeful that we will be able to contain this epidemic,” she said.

New Arsenal coach Emery Warns Arsenal Under-Performing Stars, Sees ‘New Future’

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Unai Emery has warned Arsenal’s under-performing stars he won’t be afraid to wield the axe as he prepares for the challenge of creating a “new future” for the troubled Premier League side.

Emery was unveiled as Arsenal’s first new manager in 22 years on Wednesday as the Spaniard faced the media at the Emirates Stadium.

The 46-year-old arrives in north London to take charge of a squad that went stale under his predecessor Arsene Wenger, who had failed to win the Premier League title since 2004.

Arsenal finished sixth in the English top-flight this season, missing out on the Champions League for a second successive year, while trailing 37 points behind champions Manchester City.

Wenger was forced out after losing his grip on an unbalanced squad and, while Emery said he will give his players a chance to impress, the former Paris Saint Germain boss made it clear he is willing to breathe life into a moribund club with new signings.

“It’s a big challenge for me but I have worked also in other projects, big projects,” he told reporters.

“This is a big team, with great players. We think we need change, little things, a few players.

“I want to speak individually with all the players face to face.

“It’s very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work to be the best team in the Premier League and also in the world.”

Despite the daunting task facing him, Emery, who was allowed to leave French champions PSG at the end of the season, insisted his move to Arsenal is a great opportunity.

“This is a big project and I am proud to be here and to work after Arsene Wenger,” he said.

“In my career every year I grew up with new challenges. For me this challenge is a dream come true.”

Emery, who won the domestic treble with PSG this season, is on a reported £6 million per year contract after convincing Arsenal’s board he was the right man to replace Wenger.

He won the race ahead of seven other candidates thanks in part to his willingness to work with chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.

That trio are the new power-brokers at Arsenal and Emery was quick to praise his employers.

“Thank you Ivan, Raul and Sven. The first meeting with Arsenal people was with those three who, after three hours, gave me a very good feeling for how we will work together and create a new future for Arsenal,” he said.
– ‘Win together’ –

Speaking in broken English, Emery paid tribute to Wenger, who departed with three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups in a reign that transformed English football.

“Thank you Arsene Wenger for your legacy, he has reverence from all coaches in the world. I learned with him all the things in football,” Emery said.

Wenger won the double in his first full season with Arsenal in 1997-98 — an achievement that might be beyond Emery given the rebuilding job facing him.

Asked what he hoped to achieve next season, Emery said: “I think that’s about battling for every title, that’s something in Arsenal’s history and in my history as well. And I want that to continue.

“I don’t promise today we will win but I can promise you we will work hard and we will work together.

“We will transmit our emotion and we will fight for the objectives.”

Key to his attempt to revitalise Arsenal will be bringing the best out of Mesut Ozil, the World Cup winning German playmaker who has often cut a diffident figure in his time with the Gunners.

Emery, a three-time Europa League winner with Sevilla, called on Ozil to commit to the cause, saying: “He’s one of the biggest talents here and I want talented players here.

“I want to spend time with him and all of the players – to speak to them about how inspired and excited I am to be here and for them to feel it too.

“We all need to give 100 percent and that’s what I’m looking for from every player and myself.”

Worringly for Arsenal fans, Emery has never won a match against Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola or Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

“I’m thinking about the present and the future. In terms of my past experience, it has made me stronger today,” he said.

“I’m excited to be here and fight against some top managers and some top teams.”