THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP - Z
We’ve made it. We’re at the end of the alphabet. We’ve arrived at the letter – Z.
We’ve traveled through every letter and examined almost 100 words we use to express our leadership.
So, what is my Z word?
And what is your Z word?
Zone – I hear myself explaining and asking people which zone they are working in. There are three options: Comfort, Stretch and Panic.
Thanks to Karl Rohnke, the smart guy who designed this model which I would use with every client, team and workshop. It’s a great way to help people determine how they see the world. For some people, they prefer to stay in the comfort zone – this is where they are familiar and yep ‘comfortable’. It’s important that we all venture into this zone, to unwind, to reflect and be calm.
However, moving to the Stretch Zone, on a regular basis, will challenge you. Trying out something new or tackling a new way of approaching a task or project. It’s a bit like working out at the gym.
Doing one repetition is comfort whereas three repetitions would put you in the Stretch zone (in my current gym world) – you’re almost sweating and your heart rate is up, and you can hear that little voice in your head, complaining! In this zone, you grow. You learn and grow intelligence – which might be emotional, personality, network, conversational or team intelligence.
Moving into the Panic Zone isn’t recommended by some practitioners; however, a regular visit is where we see awesome achievements. It’s where we see innovation and transformation. Your panic zone can become your stretch zone as it’s a dynamic force. And when you spend time in your stretch zone, it will soon become your comfort zone!
The key factor is your leadership skill to read the zone people are in. To check if a work activity or exercise is pushing someone into stretch zone whereas some will find themselves in the panic zone. Checking in with each person, asking the right questions will enable you to understand each person’s zone endurance level.
This model resonates with so many people; I hope it helps you too.
Thanks for joining me on my journey to broaden my understanding and knowledge of the language used to express leadership.
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