LYH38: The Posture of Influence [PODCAST]

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The Posture of Influence

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  • Featured Presentation: The Posture of Influence

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You can find the full blog post on this topic at haroldarnold.com/posture

A couple of years ago I went to the chiropractor for the first time. I learned a lot about posture. Like the chiropractor teaching me to improve my posture through proper shoulder and head placement, improved posture in leadership is about proper placement as well. It requires proper placement of one’s ego, self-centeredness, and motivations.

I’d like to suggest three domains where it is vital that we have a leadership posture to have the great influence for which we exist.

Leadership Posture at Home

  • Do you develop or inhibit the development of your spouse and/or children?

Leadership Posture at Work

  • Are you a calming or agitating presence in the workplace?

Leadership Posture in Ministry

  • How well are you serving others?

Ultimately, maintaining a healthy posture is about encouragement–defined as “inspiring one with courage, spirit, or confidence”. It is here that you will find your innate identity as a leader. But, it only happens as you honestly commit to that posture.

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The Posture of Influence

Stroll down the aisles of any of the few remaining bookstore and you will see a litany of books on leadership. Some will address the personality of a leader. Others will offer leadership development processes. Many of these works are extremely important to understand how to wield influence in the workplace, ministry, and community settings. Without effective leadership, goals are rarely achieved. We get it. The question, however, remains as to why with all of this focus on leadership development that we end up with some many ineffective organizations.  I would like to suggest these institutions were bereft of an effective leadership posture. Without it,  ethical lapses are a predictable eventuality.

There are plenty of examples  of leadership lapses in corporate, faith-based, and not-for-profit settings. We can certainly blame several factors for the scandals, exploitation, and greed from Enron to Bear Sterns to the United States Congress.

I have written before on the notion of posture in advancing our spiritual purposes on earth. Check that post out HERE. In this post, I talk about how my first visit to a chiropractor enlightened me about the consequences of poor posture.

I have thought a lot about posture since then, particularly as it pertains to leadership and influence.

Like the chiropractor teaching me to improve my posture through proper shoulder and head placement, improved posture in leadership is about proper placement as well. It requires proper placement of one’s ego, self-centeredness, and motivations.

I’d like to suggest three domains where it is vital that we have a leadership posture to have the great influence for which we exist.