Paradigms for Leadership – because there’s More than One way to Lead

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Here are 9 videos to inspire you in different aspects of leadership – because there’s more than one way to be a leader!

  1. Sometimes leadership is about providing new thought, perception, and vision. In the following video Chimamamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about the dangers of a single story…

 

 

2) Sometimes leadership is about living in a particular way and sharing the journey with others – incarnating a certain thing for others to follow and find courage in your example. Former President of Uruguay, Jose “Pepe” Mujica exemplifies this model of leadership. Pepe was known for his frugal lifestyle, giving away 90% of his income while he was president. His reflections are those of a servant leader, honed through poverty, exclusion and imprisonment. His vision and way of life are deeply rooted in Gospel values…

 

3) In this interview Eve Ensler, creator of “The Vagina Monologues”, focuses chiefly on violence against women. In the middle of the interview Eve succinctly reframes “leadership” and “power” in a poignant and powerful way.

CAUTION: As an advocate for women around the world overcoming violence, oppression and abuse, Eve’s content is both graphic and unsettling. Please listen with grace and discretion.

 

4) Leadership requires of the individual sometimes to go ahead of the pack and yet always to work successfully with others. Nelson Mandela’s ability to go ahead of the pack and compromise won for him and his comrades an honoured place in history – and in our hearts. The ability to keep a level head and a calm spirit through hardship, vilification, violence, uncertainty and conflict shaped Mandela’s incredible journey. Here Stina Dabrowski interviews Madiba in the Presidential Palace in Pretoria in 1994…

 

5) Sometimes leadership is about pushing the boat out into new waters and showing what it means to walk on them! These inspirational pioneers of C20th dance exemplify a form of leadership which has nothing to do with power and control, but rather is all about inspiration, pioneering and creativity. Their edge, skill and vulnerability changed what others believed was possible on the dance floor…

 

 

 

 

6) Russell Brand vs entrenched leadership paradigms! In the following video Dr Sarah KcKian of the UK’s Open University argues that how a person shares their journey, the carefulness of thought, the willingness to change, their honesty and truth-telling offer leadership that inspired, challenges and empowers others. An explanation of the influence of post-modern leaders like Russell Brand…

 

7&8) Once again doing something new and doing something beautifully, authentic to oneself, and done for others is a form of leadership which opens up new possibilities for those who share your craft and inspires similar courage and authenticity in those who come close. Here are some C21st dancers doing exactly that…

 

 

9) If you ace your craft for long enough, people will notice and begin imbibing your contribution, want to or not! Bob Monkhouse was always good. Some found him too smooth, too slick! To some it made him cheesy. But if you ever really watched Bob Monkhouse in action you had to laugh. Because he was hilarious. I admire him for going on long enough that his coolness came to be recognized by a new generation. In 1997 at the age of 69, Bob was a guest on the BBC show “Have I got news for you?” His comfort with a younger generation of talent was astonishing. His teamsters had to work hard to keep pace with Bob’s rapid-fire contribution. He slayed it – not by talking over people, just by acing the form of the show. No-one could disagree, he was the fastest, wittiest and best prepared. This famous appearance gave a phenomenal boost to the final chapter of his entertainment career.

Bob Monkhouse grabbed my attention when he appeared on the BBC radio show In The Psychiatrist’s Chair. In that conversation his honesty and self-knowledge won him the admiration and loyalty of a whole new cadre of fans. You’ll see that same vulnerability and honesty in this video – and, curiously, In The Psychiatrist’s Chair figures in another great’s story – Mike Yarwood – who makes a poignant guest appearance here. This video shows Bob’s final performance, when he was terminally ill, only months before he died. If people can see you know what you’re doing, they cannot help but respect that and will imbibe something of your contribution, want to or not. I think this is what we see Bob enjoying here – passing the baton on…

 

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