Quiet Leadership considers leadership in the smallest of actions, through a guided reflection on ‘humility’, ‘kindness’, ‘fairness’ and ‘grace’. It takes place against the backdrop and notion of the Organisation as Ecosystem: interconnected, and yet beyond individual control. This week i kick off two new groups exploring this landscape through a series of eight ‘conversations with strangers’, in dialogue about themselves and the cultural systems that they inhabit.

This work has been something of a surprise to me: originated as a research project during the Covid era lockdowns, it has taken a life of it’s own, clearly resonating, perhaps for it’s simplicity and connection to individual agency and action. Sometimes i introduce the work by mentioning that whilst Organisations talk of leadership as a journey of 10,000 steps, the Quiet Leadership work is just the first three. But crucially it is the three that we take this week, alongside each other.

I have taken some time this year to consider the next chapter of this work, but have no firm conclusions. I will continue to offer the journey as an open and guided reflection for at least another year, as demand continues to be high: i think so far people from 46 different countries have taken part, and it’s been overwhelmingly positive as an experience. Indeed, what i have really enjoyed is seeing how people find commonality between their varied systems, but also enough trust to explore uncertainty.

There is still time to sign up for a range of these events: you can find more details here.

And you can download the Quiet Leadership Guidebook here.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.


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