Most of us run from leadership where one person controls and others comply. My question is: Where do we run? Successful leadership, we know, depends more on fostering quality differences from high-performance minds. But how so?
Brainpowered tools, as we call them here at Mita International Brain Center, equip leaders to capitalize on a wider reach of talents. Both emerging and seasoned leaders build goodwill across differences, for instance, through brainpowered facilitation. A shared leadership reshapes tone that welcomes inclusion, and so increases creative opportunities to develop a wider reach of talents from any group.
Traditional leaders, who convert customs into rules, simply because it’s always done that way, limit innovative initiatives. Promotions, based more on conforming to organizational demands, dictate a control approach. It doesn’t work. Yet, according to recent diversity research, we have still a way to go before leadership guides us to a finer future.
In May 19th, 2010 SHRM Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Shirley Davis, PhD, showed Global Diversity and Inclusion (DRI) Rankings. US took 14th place in this global ranking with a 62 point score out of 100 possible points.
The top 10 diversity scores went to:
1 Sweden 73
2 Norway 72
3 New Zealand 71
4 Canada 70
5 Finland 69
6 Denmark 67
=7 United Kingdom 67
=7 Australia 67
9 Switzerland 65
10 Ireland 64
The lowest diversity scores went to:
38 Malaysia 39
39 Turkey 37
40 Thailand 36
41 India 36
42 Philippines 35
43 Russia 35
44 China 32
45 Nigeria 31
46 Indonesia 31
47 Saudi Arabia 23
Imagine leaders who look around, spot talent, and harness resources to develop, invent, discover, and focus talent from hidden or unused places?
Leaders who stir higher performance, by using parts of the brain never before used, to achieve innovation, never before achieved. In contrast to conventional bosses, brainpowered leaders tend to capitalize on change, free-flowing interactions and diversity.
Are your organizational leaders less tied to age-old customs? Do brainpowered leaders come to work more open to exploration, accustomed to discovery and ready for risk? If so, expect to expand in 2011 – through untapped diversity wealth – for a more creative future.
The brain wires differently, depending on weather leaders facilitate others, or command and control them. What’s your diversity score?