February 13, 2012

Egolibrium: Becoming a Well-Balanced Leader

Guiding Principle:  Every leader can manage, and every manager who is willing to put the work in can lead!  (1 of 38 principles from The Well-Balanced Leader)

The Well-
Balanced
Leader
The Well-Balanced Leader covers a new method of determining leadership psychology and using it to help managers and team leaders move away from their weaknesses to build greater leading strengths.  The key concept introduced by Professor Ron Roberts in his book is “Egolibrium.”  Egolibrium is “the ability to toggle between egocentric and other-centric attitudes, values, and behaviors for organizational success.”  The book’s introduction includes a mini-version of the Egolibrium Assessment to determine where a manager or team leader is on the 9-faceted scale.  After taking the assessment, mangers/leaders can use the last 9 chapters of the book for improvement planning.  Once a manager/leader acquires higher Egolibrium, they are empowered with 3 strengths:  other-centric perspective, conscious awareness of self and others, and the ability to balance any situation and act appropriately.

9 Facets of the Leadership Egolibrium

1.
Judgmental
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Non-judgmental
2.
Defensive (or Closed)
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Non-defensive
3.
Controlling
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Relinquishing Control
4.
Know it all
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Openness to learning
5.
Doing whatever you want
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Doing the right thing
6.
Impatience (Driven or Pushing)
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Patience (Adaptable or Flexible)
7.
Holding on (or Clinging)
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Letting go (Generous, Compassionate)
8.
Resistance
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Acceptance
9.
Egocentric (Silo-thinking)
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Other-centric (System-thinking)

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