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My New Book, Chapter Two, Part Seven

Kevin Ford

The Importance of Balance
We are nearly ready to dive into the inner workings of each of the modes of leadership. But before we can do that, it is important to pause, take a deep breath and focus on the importance of balance in employing the principles of the Leadership Triangle. This balance must be in three areas.

First, the senior leader must be able to navigate all three types of problems. Chances are, you are more skilled at one type of challenge than the other two. Your temptation will be to use your trusty hammer to fix every kind of problem. If you are a tactician, you will employ tactical solutions, and so on. In my experience this tendency is a major cause of leadership failure and organizational paralysis. You don’t have to be equally good at solving each kind of problem, but you must understand all three sides of the Triangle and be able to align the appropriate resources and people to solve each kind of challenge.

Second, the team which confronts the challenge must be balanced. You need a healthy mix of folks skilled at tactics, strategy, and transformational methods in order to insure that you see what you need to see and focus where you need to focus.

Finally, your process must be balanced. Process is the nuts and bolts of every organization – how its meetings are structured and who is invited, how decisions are made, and what sort of communications strategy it employs. Think of your staff meetings. If they are like most organizations, they tend to function in the tactical mode, allowing little time to deal with transformational or strategic issues. But you can’t try to deal with all three modes in the same meeting, so you will need to establish times and parameters that deal with each side separately, as much as you can. But remember that the three sides are also integrated, so there will always be some overlap.

Each aspect of your project process should reflect the Leadership Triangle. A very helpful question to ask as a team encounters a new problem is “Is this a tactical, strategic, or transformational issue?” Soon, operating by the principles of the Leadership Triangle will be second nature to the leaders and followers in your organization.

Now, on to the specifics of each side of the Triangle…

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