Lucid Leadership by Rowan B. Colver

It’s a big responsibility to be a leader. There are lots of jobs to do and many people who rely on you to do them. If you have a social following as many people do, they want to see you active and consistent. If you have an office under your employ, they want to see you at work and at your desk. Getting things right isn’t like 1,2,3. It may look like that to others however you’re balancing many spinning plates. They will keep spinning as long as you’re attentive to them. All your jobs are half of the plates…


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B. Colver

We’re all different people, and in typical situations, we are given space to be exactly who we want to be. As soon as we put on a professional hat, however, our personality becomes part of our service. We have to watch our behaviour, the way we speak, and how we interact with our peers and colleagues. We are all in the same scheme of working hard for a shared goal or set of goals. If we rub people the wrong way, we can be detrimental to their ability to succeed. Helping people to be their best selves is how we…


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B. Colver

As the leader, you’re expected to be strong. The face you present to the team must be the best version. The team functions well because they have a strong foundation to stand on. This is you, and more importantly, your vibe. This isn’t hippy nonsense. Another word for it is rapport. For those who don’t know, it’s French and you don’t say the T. Establishing rapport is something that leaders have to do all the time. It signals back to our days in tribes and troops where leaders were asked to do a lot more than have good ideas and…


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B. Colver

When everyone is on the same page and have the same ideas about what success looks like for the team, the leader has achieved great synchrony and effectiveness. The whole can be lead by a hands-off approach that reduces the need to micromanage and intervene. The job at hand is half of the yin-yang, it’s the bit that pays the bills and keeps everyone else happy. There comes a point in leadership when getting the job done properly is not enough. Social and academic mobility are necessary elements of work. We work to improve our own lives as well as…


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B. Colver

You work harder than anyone can fully appreciate, the thinking time with the research and preparation all count as invisible hours. So after pouring out buckets of energy on something you worked hard on, to be criticised instead of applauded can be very painful. To be given the cold shoulder when you’ve made a real effort can be a real form of rejection. No one likes to be rejected, it puts a stop to our story in which everything is how we want it. It can make us feel angry and bitter because we’ve sacrificed a lot of time and…


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B. Colver

Working on your own doesn’t really mean that, there are people all around us. Some of them are directly related to your work and others more casually. Many people don’t work alone either, often we work as part of a larger team for an employer or for each other. It is in these situations that involve people all around us that we can put leadership to excellent use. It doesn’t matter if your job is a leader or if it's something else. We can all show leadership in situations where independent thought is a useful resource. That is a great…


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B. Colver

Being an unmovable force is sometimes essential in leadership. Not everyone is willing to be on your side, sometimes people will want to speak or work against you. If you are responsible for the process they are inhibiting, you have to address the problem. Assertiveness is a well-known technique that people use when they feel that they’re not being listened to or respected. It requires us to stay calm and speak with accuracy without giving concession in our rhetoric. This is notoriously difficult to master and if taken by surprise, we don’t have time to prepare ourselves. Assertiveness has to…


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B. Colver

Vision is a powerful concept. It can draw people to your mission and attract multiple resources. Holding onto a strong vision is essential for leadership, we have to know what we want and how we want to get it. Focus can work for and against us, too much focus on one aspect can prevent us from seeing others. The idea of ourselves as a leader can be a huge challenge to overcome. Taking power when deserved means you are in control. As an authority with a leadership role, any anti-authority sentiment you may hold onto will have to go. Where…


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B. Colver

Getting the message across is vital. But how do we communicate so that people listen and understand what is needed from them? Depending on the size and organisation of your team or network, the challenge can vary indefinitely. Finding the best and most efficient way of providing the right information to everyone will require many skills and an understanding of what other people’s priorities are.

Often, the need to reassess communication arises when there is a change. It can be a change in business, a change in protocol, courtesy, or any other thing that everyone has to agree on and…


Lucid Leadership by Rowan B. Colver

Listening is not easy. We can hear what is being said but understanding it and acting with reason based on reality is a skill we must learn. It’s often said we listen to reply but not to understand. Often this is because we are confident in the perceptions that have given us predetermined insight into a situation. The thing is, when we listen to what’s being said, we are offered a whole range of new and conscious things that we know they are thinking about. So our predetermined ideas may be wrong or they may be right, but the fact…

Rowan Blair Colver

I’m a music writer and humanities educator from Sheffield in England. Democracy of philosophy, comments are open to encourage friendly debate.

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