Conclusion (The Basics, Pt. 5)

In each of the sessions, we have explored how the functions define the amount of success that the group can have. However, we have done so in a very factual, almost restrained manner. There is a reason for this.


The reason that we created Redefine was that so much of the information about leadership is misleading at best, deliberately so at worst.


It is hard for those who have successfully led to separate the facts of their successes from the things that actually made them successful. It is hard to separate individual actions in a specific situation from the factors that those actions acted upon. But without separating these, we cannot project leadership into the future – we cannot develop a process that helps us decide what to do in the future based only on what worked for someone else in a different situation in the past.


Our image of a leader is that of a hero – but no group succeeds because of a leader alone.


Leadership brings out the excellence that is already present in the members of the group. It creates the conditions in which that excellence can be performed. As leaders, our role is to facilitate and guide the functions as they take place in the group, moving them towards more productive outputs. As we get better at seeing how the functions exist within the members of our group – literally noticing and observing – then we can have a greater impact.


Good leadership looks like a group being successful.


But this idea is hard to see. It is hard to turn this idea into specific behaviors, when we have practiced ways of interacting that are concrete and obvious: tell people what to do, get frustrated when they do not, and all of the other things that we think are leadership but often fail to produce the results we want.

This is why Redefine creates the tools that we do.


Because we need concrete, step-by-step methods to learn how to lead.


Our goal with The Basics was to demonstrate that this is possible. I hope that we have done so.


Here’s where we can go from here. When we see and understand the functions of leadership, we can do some very powerful things. We can:

  • Improve our own leadership performance throughout our work over a career, removing limits to our success.

  • Bring out the greatness in others, and create worthwhile changes in the world while doing so.

  • See potential in others, recognizing hose who intuitively understand the functions and are open to functional leadership, rather than ego-based leadership.

  • Develop leadership in others, both by:

  • introducing the functions and supporting others as they develop a leadership practice, and by

  • creating an environment where leadership behaviors are practiced at all levels in the organization.

  • Understand and make decisions about how to structure the world in a way that creates opportunities for people to work together in ways that are meaningful – for great leadership.

SEEING EXERCISE: The Functions in Action (part 2)

Return to Seeing Exercise part 1 from the introduction, and your notes about the situation where you caused the group to be more successful.

  • What functions were you acting on? What need of the members of the group did you meet?

  • How did our actions upon these functions create an environment when the members of the group could accomplish something great? How did we bring out the best in the members of the group?

  • Was your change long-lasting? Did it get solidified into the organizational process in a way that continued into the future, or did it occur once or for a short while?

  • What happened to the group in situations like this once you were no longer influencing them?

  • Has the group adapted some or all of the behaviors you performed? What effect did this have on the group’s success?

  • Is this behavior something that you have used again, since that event?

  • How did your success feel at the time? What did we see that the members of the group felt?

Our goal at Redefine is to share these ideas in a way that brings out the excellence in each one of us. Our goal as an organization is to create the tools and products that support you as you build a leadership practice. Follow us on Facebook, on the web at www.thedefinitionofleadership.com, or on your favorite podcast app as Redefine Short Takes.


If this makes sense, you can learn more in Redefining Leadership, which is the comprehensive process. You can order your copy on our website, www.thedefinitionofleadership.com.


You can also work with us directly, either through in person classes or coaching sessions. Contact us at info@thedefinitionofleadership.com for more information about these options.


We look forward to working with you.

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