Being a successful leader means being aware of your own mindsets and how your values and beliefs can shape your behavior and ultimately impact others. In this video we introduce a framework and mindsets that help increase inclusion, drive innovation, and minimize the unintended impact of our own mental models and biases, providing a wider lens to look through as we make decisions.
At Axialent, we hold that being a successful leader means being aware of our own mindsets and how our values and beliefs can shape our behavior and ultimately impact others. We have found that there are certain frameworks and mindsets that help increase inclusion, drive innovation, and minimize unintended impact of our own mental models and biases, providing a wider lens to look through as we make decisions.
I, WE, IT, a framework for exceptional sustainable results. The IT represents the structures, processes, quantifiable objective results, revenue, etc. If that isn’t in place, our organizations won’t survive. But that is not enough. If we want to have sustainable success, there are two other dimensions.
The I brings resilience, then the WE bring belief in something and trust. Belief pulls people to do more than what is asked of them. Without it, at best you get compliance and nothing more. At worst, you get cynicism and resignation. We are social animals, but to be more than just socializing, we need to be inspired.
Belief and a mission in personal trust in one another, most of us focus very much on the IT. Of course we do. It’s necessary. In our work, we remind leaders to consider all three aspects of exceptional, sustainable results and how each of these aspects interacts and influences one another.
If you take a challenge, perhaps a challenge that you’re currently facing, and you think to yourself, “What would success look like in each of these dimensions?” In the I dimension, it’s important to me. In the WE dimension, what’s needed in the relationship. Then in the IT dimension, the actual outcome or success that I would like to achieve. What do you see that you would not have seen just looking at the task or outcome?
The invitation is for us to consider why it’s valuable to look at challenges through all three of these lenses, what we stand to gain by taking this approach, and what we stand to lose if we do not. We find that when the IT gets very challenging, there’s also something at play in a relationship, or the WE dimension, or the I dimension.
You can say that task effectiveness is a result of WE and I. Like three legs of a stool, they need to be in balance to achieve exceptional results over the long-term. All dimensions are shaped by and shaped to prevailing culture. Keeping the right balance of all three dimensions will help us become great leaders, and produce sustainable success.