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October 11, 2012

Get Tools In Your Toolbelt: The 8th Leadership Key To Balance Authority & Collaboration

by Dr Rob Pennington

By Stephen Haslam and Robert Pennington, Ph.D., Resource International

This is the eighth in an eight part series on Balancing Authority and Collaboration

The 8th Key: Get Tools In Your Toolbelt

Balancing authority and collaboration is easier said than done. Every leader needs as many tools as he or she can get to manage the unconscious habits we each have that trigger people’s habitual resistance to authority. This relates to not the least among Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: “Sharpen the saw.”

These essential tools include technical methodologies, organizational tools, planning processes, communication and negotiation techniques, and habits to balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. Effective leadership involves a lifetime of continuous learning. We need all the help we can get.

Articles in the expanded leadership series present various decision-making models and communication techniques for improving one-to-one communication and for facilitating respectful, collaborative behavior in groups. Woven throughout the series is a unique perspective on the relationship between respect and understanding, and how these relate to basic principles of gaining leverage in the martial arts and in communication.

The ultimate objective of using these techniques is to establish a work environment in which everyone feels safe to disagree so that communication is more open and work is more productive.

The 8 Keys To Balance Authority & Collaboration

  1. Position Power & Personal Power
  2. Expect resistance to authority
  3. Address levels of concern
  4. Don’t ask permission
  5. Communicate “The 4 P’s of Transition”
  6. Engage leaders at all levels
  7. Demonstrate respect to build trust and commitment
  8. Get tools in your tool belt

* Resources

Leadership Development: How to Get the Results You Need by Haslam and Pennington.

Reducing Resistance to Change and Conflict: A Key to Successful Leadership by Haslam and Pennington.

Kotter, John P. (2003).  The Power of Feelings, An Interview with John P. Kotter, Leader to Leader, No. 27, Winter 2003.

Bridges, W., & Mitchell, S. (2000).  Leading Transition: A New Model for Change.  Leader to Leader, No. 16, Spring 2000.

Hall, G. E., Wallace, R. C., & Dossett, W. A. (1973).  A developmental conceptualization of the adoption process within educational institutions (Rep. No. 3006). Austin, Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, The Research and Development Center for Teacher Education. (ERIC Document Reproduction No. ED 095 126).

Rob Pennington and Stephen Haslam work with leaders and managers.  Find out more at Resource International,

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