Today we are living in very dynamic, fast-paced, and stressful environment which demands rapid flexibility and fluidity in our perceptions and behaviors. Organizations are required to learn, interate, grow, and respond much more quickly than in prior years. Historic top-down models of leadership must give way to a distributive leadership model that permeates through rank and file employees of an organization. Each person then becomes a leader with unique personal capabilities, strengths, and an individual capacity to bring about change.
Times of uncertainty can cause tremendous stress. Suddenly behaviors that used to work, don't yield the results we expect and can cause us to react to our environment with rigidity, repetitive behaviors, and the desire to flee from the situation rather than manage it. The challenge for each of us is to increase our self-awareness so that we may overcome our habitual responses and shift to behaviors that embody leadership effectiveness.
Deborah Ancona, the Seley Distinguished Professor of Management at MIT Sloan School of Management, together with her colleagues at MIT has created a model for leadership called the 4-CAP Model.
“The framework begins with four key leadership capabilities: Sensemaking, Relating, Visioning, and Inventing. Added to these capabilities is the notion of a change “signature” —your own unique way of making change happen. Leaders in business settings need all of these capabilities to be successful, and cycle through them on an ongoing basis. “
This model helps individuals address:
1) What do I have to do now?
2) What is a way forward in an age of uncertainty?
3) What are some capabilities that will help me get beyond my rigidity and repetition and move to a place of innovation and possibility?
4) How can I effectively relate to my stakeholders and others?
5) How can I successfully act in an environment of change rather than be disabled by it?
Our MasterClass will provide you with a greater understanding of the 4-CAPS framework developed by MIT and how to use it as both a model for leadership and for coaching in today’s uncertain and fast-paced times.
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