Speaking the Lingua Franca of Contemporary Leadership
March 01, 2022
Appears in March 2022: School Administrator.
The organizational ecosystem relies on a common language between its members. Language is to leadership what a fuel pressure release wrench is to a mechanic.
Why a fuel pressure release wrench? Why not romanticize leadership and bathe in its mystique? After all, leadership is an art. Why not a sable hairbrush in the hands of the landscape artist or a mallet and chisel in use by the subtractive sculptor or a zebrawood baton in the grip of the symphony maestro? Why do I choose a fuel pressure release wrench to make the point?
The reality of our lives as organizational leaders is that we usually never start with a blank canvas, a block of stone or an unscored composition. It is usually a little messy. Leaders are more likely to be confronted with a high-pressure system that is about to blow if not relieved. Leaders rely on angles and leverage, a metaphorical wrench, to release just enough pressure to keep everyone psychologically safe, a prerequisite for trust, the cornerstone of learning organizations.