Although it’s essential that we first take ourselves around the Inner Compass on a journey that examines all these elements in this particular order, when we have been around and looked at all these elements once, we can start to use the Inner Compass in a multi-dimensional way to see where our blind-spots are, and to support us in leading from beyond our egos when things get difficult. We’ll probably find that one or two of the areas above contain more blindspots than others, and we can learn to revisit those elements and see what our repeat patterns are in challenging times.
It’s a Path that is grounded in Truth and Purpose
You probably noted that the first two elements of the Inner Compass above were “Truth” and “Purpose.” To lead beyond ego, these are the two most essential starting points. When we look at truth, we are really looking at three elements. These are: truth for our corporation, truth for our team, and truth for ourselves. Starting by getting really clear on what is true for us personally is essential, because once we get aligned with our own truth, the way we interact with the truth for our team and the corporation that we work within can radically transform. If we are willing to uncover the parts of ourselves that have been unknowingly hiding from the truth in different ways (which are more common than most of us realize) then we will show up differently for our team and our organization, and it will sincerely impact the way that we operate as leaders from here on in.
Alongside truth sits purpose. Determining the purpose behind our leadership role enables us to check if we are aligned with our company’s purpose. Getting clear on our purpose—the “why” that fuels us—will inform all the other elements of dismantling our egos. Because once we know what’s true for us and what our core purpose really is, then we can meet our ego and see all the different ways that it derails our purpose and intention. We can start to move onto the other aspects such as humility and trust, and have a clearer idea of where our blindspots are when we come up against them.
It’s a Consistent Journey, Not a One Time Activity
Although we’ve looked at the path that a leader might take around the Inner Compass in order to dismantle their ego, the truth is that it isn’t a one-time journey. Life and leadership will throw many challenges at us, and each time we are willing to learn and grow from those challenges, it will deepen our understanding of ourselves and our ego patterns, if we allow it to. In Beyond Ego, Thor Olafsson shares that the leaders that he works with (himself included) usually take countless trips around the Inner Compass, and each time their understanding of themselves, and their leadership qualities grow as a result. So working with the Inner Compass for a leadership journey will look something like this:
And each journey round will bring more growth.
The Outcome of Leading From Beyond Ego
To reiterate the outcomes of breaking down our egos in leadership, I want to invite you to participate in a short exercise from the Beyond Ego book. imagine a scenario, where you have the kind of boss who shares a lot of truth with you and asks the same of you. At the same time, you have no doubt that she has motivations that are driven by a deeply informed purpose. Her ego is under control, and she is able to be vulnerable, while still being strong. She is passionate about looking within, and has made a commitment to be a more conscious leader. Now ask yourself, if you had this person as a boss, would you trust her more? Everyone I ask this question to answers that they would.
If we are willing to make the commitment to be this kind of leader, for ourselves and our teams we can start to imagine the impact that it can have on our leadership going forward. These are the outcomes of choosing consciousness, operating beyond ego, and being able to lead a team from this place. And it is an outcome that is achievable if we sincerely commit to leading beyond our egos.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Thor Olafsson is author of the recently released International Bestseller BEYOND EGO: THE INNER COMPASS OF CONSCIOUS LEADERSHIP. He’s an award-winning leadership coach and consultant with over 20 years of global experience, and has worked across 30 countries and 5 continents. Some of his key clients through the years have included Arion Bank, BMW Group, Bertelsmann, Central Bank of Iceland, Continental and Roche Diagnostics, to name a few.
For a more in depth exploration of leading beyond ego and to find out more about the Beyond Ego book, go to www.beyondego.com
. The Beyond Ego book is also available globally on Amazon.
In Collaboration with:
Frank Adu Anim (Discovery Leadership Masterclass) Dr. Genevieve Pearl Duncan Obuobi (Lead Consultant on Cx. Leadership & SME, Country Chair, Ladies in Business) and Sasha Allenby, Founder & Director EqualityHive (USA).