Today’s question is a big one for many of us this year, as we emerge from let’s call it an ‘intense’ period of time – and into a new work and life landscape that’s being written as we live it.
So here’s today’s question – how do you lead from the edge?
I love this question because it has so many layers to it.
How do you lead from the edge of new terrain, where the opportunities are huge but the ‘how’ just feels messier than ever?
How do you lead in a new world of work, where the rules around how we work, where we work, whether we work at all – have irreversibly changed.
And, the conversation that I’m hearing a lot behind closed doors at the moment – how do you lead from your own edge? When your tank feels empty and there’s no space to exhale.
Holly Ransom is one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women according to the Australian Financial Review. She has delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired Magazine’s ‘Future Game Changers to watch’ and was awarded the US Embassy’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Leadership Excellence.
Having interviewed the likes of Barack Obama, Malcolm Gladwell, Richard Branson, Billie Jean-King, Condoleezza Rice, Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and the world’s first humanoid robot Sophia (true fact) – Holly fights complexity with curiosity and fear with fact.
Her latest best-selling book The Leading Edge, helps people harness their own potential to lead by asking better questions, thinking beyond traditional answers and building collective momentum for change.
It is – in short – A MUST READ for any leader.
I first came across Holly’s work a few years ago, since then I have watched with growing admiration as her career and influence exploded.
It was while talking to a friend that she ended the conversation with: ‘Have you ever met Holly Ransom?’ to which I replied: ‘No, but I can tell you she will be the next Prime Minister of Australia’.
Having both agreed on that prediction, we were introduced and the rest as they say is history.
- Holly’s experience with the challenge of moving beyond the feeling of wanting to lead – to the practical actions of leadership. Including why most books on leadership still fail the ‘implementation challenge’.
- Why we all need to learn how to ‘stand where the lightning strikes’ – exploring places outside our everyday comfort to find clarity.
- How as leaders it is our ‘relationship to stress that’s the problem, not stress itself’. This one really hit me. That stress itself is agnostic – the question being more whether the stress we’re experiencing is healthy (made up of stretch and challenge) or toxic (made up of fear and a sense of powerlessness).
- The concept of managing energy not time – and why this is a flip that every iconic leader (and let’s face it parent) has to learn how to make.
- Finally, the most challenging piece of feedback we have both ever received as leaders – and what we decided to do about it.
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