Brainpowered leaders invest soul and spirit with vulnerability.
Leaders who invest in practices that offer space to develop soul, also tend to facilitate innovation with spirit. That takes the kind of vulnerability that only the most successful leaders risk!
We found that out first hand in the MBA Leadership course, Lead Innovation with the Brain in Mind. Rather than a final paper and pencil test, MBA students in this course host a Celebration of Innovation.
This final Celebration of Innovation allows graduate level leaders to engage their wider community in leadership initiatives they designed to lead improvements in an innovation era. Each student is required to invite three guests from the community to this interactive trade show of sorts, and the class engages all guests at booths, where they facilitate exchanges about the course inventions.
In one such course, in another country, we gave in and allowed one student to omit that vulnerability requirement – so that he did not invest in bringing guests to the event. At the Celebration itself, the student who failed to invest brought very little to the table. His brain had little to lose without any investment – and it showed. His peers on the other hand, invested in bringing guests and also in facilitating innovative ideas to engage opposing views that inspired entire groups.
What investments will you make for leadership today?
Would you agree that core risks you make for the sake of quality leadership, will determine how much vulnerability and quality you bring as leader?