New Leadership, Part 6: The Management Funnel

Building on my last post, I would like to introduce a tool that can help leaders implement New Leadership’s two key principles: setting clear boundaries, and giving people autonomy within them. One of the most intriguing management concepts of the past few years, Filip Vandendriessche’s Management Funnel is described in his book Leidinggeven Zonder Bevelen…

New Leadership, Part 5: Setting Boundaries and Giving Space

In my last post, I discussed the ‘pecking order’ mentality that can often subconsciously drive our behaviors. I wrote about how these learned, yet unconscious and emotionally-guided behaviors often keep us from letting employees (and ourselves) be driven naturally toward autonomy, craftsmanship, and purpose. The struggle for our place in the pecking order takes place…

New Leadership, Part 4: The Struggle For Your Place in the Pecking Order, The Origin of Behavior

I’ve introduced the three underlying principles of New Leadership. The idea that employees are autonomous, meaningful partners, driven by the natural desire to behave according to these natural ways of being. And yet, across our organizations, human characteristics also prevent these from becoming practice. What are these characteristics and how do they guide our behavior?…

New Leadership, Part 3: The Core Values and Beliefs of New Leadership

My last article suggested a different approach to motivation, driven by intrinsic factors and our innate tendencies towards purpose and autonomy. Using a few examples, I illustrated the ways that protecting others’ self-esteem with respect is often a trigger for creativity, innovation, and positive emotions. Allowing people to be driven by their natural interests is…

New Leadership, Part 1: The Challenge!

Good leadership means knowing how to motivate people for optimal performance. Or at least, this seemed to be the main paradigm for the 20th century. In the 21st century, however, ‘good leadership’ should, in my opinion, mean being able to shape meaning, autonomy, and happiness. This calls for a whole new approach to motivation. I…

Part 8: Brain-Friendly Leadership Tips

As we bring this change and emotions series to a close, I would like to share 3 final brain-friendly leadership tips. Please feel free to share your thoughts with me! 7. Co-create as much as possible. Co-creation is possible when people get autonomy within a clear framework (a defined direction and playing field). This is…

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