Energy Leadership for Business Transformation
As a smart and capable leader, the energy you bring to your work will have a significant impact on the success of your business transformation. Your presence can motivate your team’s performance and increase employee morale. Bringing a positive and focused energy can help you and your team figure out solutions when things go wrong. In your role as the leader, when you show up with an intention of being present and engaged, the impact and outcomes will get you and your teams much closer to true realization of your business transformation and validation for investing in it.
The term Energy Leadership was coined by Bruce Schneider. In his words, “Energy Leadership is the process that develops a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your organization as a whole.” (Schneider, 2006)
Energy Leadership requires you to put a significant effort into intentionally raising your consciousness, recognizing the impact that your personal energy has on yourself, your team, and your company.
As a leader, a lot is expected of you – and you must expect a lot of yourself. You must be flexible. You are expected to possess a great deal of knowledge and experience. But it is also vital that you are open to change.
Let’s consider two important thoughts:
- How do you typically show up in your work environment?
- How do you show up when you are under stress?
According to iPEC and their Energetic Self-Perception Chart, everyone shows up drastically different in these two situations.
It’s very likely that, as a leader, your energy level, as outlined on the chart below, falls into the anabolic levels. When we speak of anabolic energy (or anabolism), we are referring to the process of building up, stimulating growth, and producing an “increasing” effect that generates a positive effect. Thus, when you show up as a true leader, you are effecting a positive change on your organization.
But something completely different happens when you are under stress. Whoa, you say? If you think you always show up the same, regardless of how much stress you are feeling, you may not be truly aware of the energy you exude in these situations.
According to studies by iPEC Coaching, stress creates an effect that drops our energy into what is called catabolic levels. When we speak of catabolic energy (or catabolism), we are referring to the process of breaking down – a destructive force that can produce a negative effect on yourself, your team, and your organization.
When facing challenges, and you will, during any business transformation, it is up to you to choose which type of energy you will lead with.
Will you choose to use catabolic energy by asking questions like “What’s wrong?” This is a fear or conflict-based energy, and will result in you showing up procrastinating, blaming others, or just angry. This can lead to the eventual breakdown of your team’s morale and the destruction of your business transformation.
Will you choose to use the higher core thoughts, feelings, and actions as outlined in the chart above? I recommend that you choose to consciously raise yourself and your team to be more creative and positive by instead posing questions such as “What’s right?”, “What’s the opportunity here?”, and “How can we make this work?”.
As an Energy Leader, you are in a powerful position to be able to shift pressure for yourself and your business by helping your employees be more productive and realize more benefits. By bringing awareness and understanding to your energy levels – particularly in times of stress – and by choosing to be conscious and use tools that personally raise your energy to higher levels, you will be a powerful leader who is skilled, highly sophisticated, versatile, and who understands the power of intentionally leading with your energy.
You might be surprised with your experiences along the journey, but you’ll be elated when you realize the successful results of your business transformation.
How will you choose to lead?
Schneider, B. D. (2006). The Energy Leadership Development System. IPEC Coaching.