At JMReid Group, we believe the learner is often behaving, acting and making decisions that are generally good. Therefore, our challenge is typically not to move from bad to good – but from good to great. To help leaders see what is possible, in both themselves and their organizations. We have partnered with Wise Advocate Enterprises, the leading thinkers on what it leaders can do to be more conscious of the decisions they are making, in order to have a transformational impact in this regard.
Kick It Up a Notch
Wise Advocate Enterprises shows us there are different levels of leadership, each equally important and linking to a different pattern of mental activity. Low Ground Leadership is transactional, enabling you to make deals, solve immediate problems and please people. High Ground Leadership is transformational, enabling you to challenge existing ways of thinking and accomplish things that others consider impossible – galvanizing people around the organization to do the same.
A great leader balances at the center of both Low Ground and High Ground – it’s sort of like that mid-point in the game of limbo where you’re not breezing your way under the bar nor are you throwing your back out trying to make your ears parallel to your ankles! When you find balance, you are moving by choice between expedience (solving problems) and strategy (making a better world).
A leader who leverages their inner voice, what we call their “Wise Advocate,” makes consistently better decisions that will set them and their organization apart from others. We all possess an inner voice as it represents our best self.
If diving deep into your brain for cognitive insights seems a little daunting, we have resources to help you break it down. We can share ideas and practices associated with the inner voice of strategic leadership. The partnership between JMReid Group and Wise Advocate Enterprises provides cutting-edge content along with support for those who use it for strategic advantage.
Calling on the Wise Advocate changes people; it helps them develop a more strategic, more influential voice in their organizations and communities. It also helps overcome the deceptive messages that travel through an organization’s culture and hold everyone back.
The Eternal Struggle Solved
There is a famous story about an old Cherokee teaching his grandson about life. It goes like this.
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
The Wise Advocate offers strategies and scientific explanations that will allow people to habitually feed their better wolf.
Tapping into Your Wise Advocate
There is neuroscience behind what makes a leader move from Low Ground to High Ground behaviors. It causes one to be more self-reflective, more mindful of how they show up and, in doing so, helps them make better decisions for themselves and their organization.
In pushing yourself toward the High Ground, there are three forms of mental activity you can draw upon:
- Mentalizing – thinking about what others are thinking, also called having a “theory of mind”
- Executive function – practicing mental flexibility, complex thinking (working memory) and inhibitory control (free won’t}
- Applied mindfulness – the pragmatic application of contemplative practice
This practice manifests as tapping into your “Wise Advocate.” It’s a part of your mind that you can call on as you move to higher mental ground. This is the inner voice of strategic leadership, giving you third-person insight into your first-person experience – seeing yourself as others might see you, with full compassion and care for your success.