“Nothing ever happens to us except what happens in our minds.”
Contextual Leadership™ is IWL’s “secret sauce.”
It is a hugely powerful process developed by Rayona Sharpnack that we use in all our programs, consulting, and executive coaching to guide leaders through a personal re-invention experience that will enable them to achieve breakthrough results in their jobs and careers.
While Contextual Leadership™ embraces traditional leadership development approaches, it extends far beyond conventional methodologies. At its heart is a profound understanding of the role that a person’s individual and organizational context play in shaping their perceptions, attitudes and behaviors.
What is ‘context’?
A person’s context is the unconscious mindset from which they operate. It is shaped by their personal experience (e.g., childhood events, family beliefs, education and social conditioning ) and the character of their organization (e.g., its culture, values, traditions and past leadership).
For example, for many years corporations operated from a context that said women could not be effective leaders. Only now are we seeing the tremendous and well-documented financial benefits to companies that have shifted that context to “There’s no reason women can’t be great leaders.” In fact, we are now in the first stages of yet another exciting context shift in this arena: “The best decisions and business results come from women and men leading together in full partnership.”
Only through a “deep tissue” examination of context is one able to reveal current (and possibly ineffective) behavioral patterns and replace them with a new set of sustainable behaviors that release them from old limits and align with personal and organizational objectives.
Contextual Leadership™ shines a light on one’s blind spots and supports the individual in choosing a new context that will enable them to “trade up“ and achieve the next level of greatness. When leaders within an organization experience this transformational re-invention together they are more supportive and accountable for sustaining the change.
Only with a conscious effort to expose our contexts and re-invent them to allow for more freedom and possibility are we able to take on the “impossible” and face the challenges associated with a more complex and dynamic world.