The Executive Challenge: Channeling Energy for Inspirational Leadership

In these times of fast-moving change and troubled economies, company executives are increasingly challenged to find new and effective ways of energizing and engaging their employees. Inspirational leadership continues to be one of the most valuable skills required by today’s corporate leaders.

Leading is a conscious act of energetic purpose which can be described as the directing, focusing, or shaping of energy towards a desired objective. Skilful leaders sense which type of energy is present in their organization and know how to use it to facilitate change, enable growth, and empower their teams to achieve the company’s objectives. They also utilize this knowledge to find the best opportunities to educate people, develop their commitment and promote their abilities further.

Defining Energy: Catabolic and Anabolic

Albert Einstein’s theorem E = mc2 has forever defined our understanding of the way the world works. He showed us that energy and mass are not distinct physical realities; they are actually one and the same. Everything we see, hear, taste, touch, and smell is energy. Taking our scientific understanding from the cellular level, where energy is categorized as either catabolic (breaking down) or anabolic (building up), up to an organizational level, a person’s and more significantly, a leader’s catabolic (destructive) or anabolic (constructive) energy has a contagious effect on the organization as a whole.
As we tackle today’s social and economic challenges, Einstein’s formula finds new relevance through an innovative leadership concept which is redefining workplaces. The concept of Energy Leadership™ is based on seven levels of energy, which cover the range between the two ends of this energy spectrum. The highest levels of energy are anabolic, and associated with unconditional love, nonjudgmental thinking, creation, solution-orientation and joy. The lowest levels are catabolic, and based on victim-thinking and the connected emotions such as anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, disappointment and struggle.

In a Nutshell: What Energy Leadership™ Aims to Achieve

Organizational energy begins with leadership energy. The potential for increasing the energy within an organization resides within every employee, and tapping into and releasing that energy is a task for the organization’s leaders. If the leadership team is energized, the organization will perform at higher levels. Employees will become inspired, passionate, and willing to go the extra mile for the company to be successful. Energized employees, in turn, motivate customers to take their business relationship with the organization to the next level.
For executives to master escalating complexity in their organizations, they will be required to redefine their understanding of how the corporate world works so that they can unleash the full energy, and thus the untapped potential of their workplace. To do that, they must abandon slow-moving hierarchies and embrace the methodologies of agile collaboration. Energy is only released when critical mass moves at speed.

Manage & Lead
“Managers do things right. Leaders do the right things.” Managers are the operators of a business. They plan, set goals, establish systems, create rules and operating procedures, allocate resources, anticipate and reduce risk, monitor and evaluate. Management is about getting the job done, and people are important as a means to this end. Thus, managers play a vital role in steering organizational energy and whatever they do has an impact, whether positive or negative.
Directional focus is the most important differentiator between a great manager and a great leader. Great managers look inward while great leaders, by contrast, look outward. An effective organization needs an integrated approach to managing and leading. Leadership skills provide the strategic direction and motivation, while management skills provide the systems and processes that let a company grow successfully.

Organizations have an incredible reservoir of positive energy waiting to be released. And that is the task of the leader – to find a way to tap into that energy, direct it and multiply it throughout the organization. Leaders are the heart of a business. The essence of leadership means understanding the market, identifying stakeholder needs, directing the organization with a well-defined mission, strategy, and priorities, aligning and mobilizing resources, and inspiring employees.
A leader who inspires the organization produces important – yet not always immediately tangible – outcomes: The organization displays a climate of continuous learning and staff shows commitment, even when setbacks happen. Leaders inspire by matching deeds to words, showing trust and confidence in staff, acknowledging the contributions of others, providing staff with challenges, feedback, and support; and by being role models for creativity, innovation, and learning.

The Energy Leadership™ Assessment helps leaders estimate their own and their organizations’ energetic potential. It is an innovative tool that enables leaders to hold up mirrors to their perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and overall leadership capabilities. The results are a heightened sense of accomplishment and improved skills directly impacting market growth, client satisfaction and employee engagement.
The assessment measures the current potential leadership ability a leader or manager has for motivating and inspiring himself and others to take positive, purposeful action and achieve success. It also measures a leader’s or manager’s current level of consciousness and engagement in life, and how emotionally and intellectually involved they are in what they do and who they interact with.

Special Offer from Inspired Executives: Energy Leadership™ Assessment (ELI)
The results of the ELI are a heightened sense of accomplishment and improved skills directly impacting market growth, client satisfaction and employee engagement. The Energy Leadership™ Assessment is an innovative tool that enables you to hold up mirrors to your perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and overall leadership capabilities.

You will gain access to the Energy Leadership™ Assessment and receive a 1.5 hour-debriefing session at a special rate.

By the way, Inspired Executives has a leading position in Europe with regards to the creative implementation of the Energy Leadership™ concept. Contact me to find out if coaching is right for you.