It's been seven months since the EPIP-YNPN Leadership Institute—an intensive ten-month skill-building and networking cohort program for young nonprofit professionals—began. As a cohort, we've been teaching each other all sorts of useful things about work-life balance, tips for evaluation, ideas for managing up in our organizations, and—most recently—addressing how we can lead abundantly and resiliently. The following are five reflections I've had raised by our cohort's discussions and questions, in gif form.
1. Abundance is a mindset, not a comment on time, money, or other resources
Leading from abundance doesn't mean our organizations are flush with cash or that we secretly have Hermione's Time-Turner. It's about realizing the assets we have and leveraging them confidently. It's about sharing information and data, supporting colleagues in their work, and giving other people credit for their contributions. And just as much, it is about re-framing our expectations around how much is necessary and how we define success.
2. Leading abundantly is similar to servant leadership
Servant leaders see their primary role as serving others, especially their coworkers. It often takes the shape of emphasizing the importance of caring and inclusivity as being central to management and coworking relationships. Robert Greenleaf, author of The Servant as Leader, provides the test question "Do those served grow as persons... (and become) more likely themselves to become servants?" Imagine the possibilities of a workplace like that...
3. Servant leaders get things done
Researcher Adam Grant has reported in his book Give and Take that servant leaders not only feel better about themselves and are better respected, they also are more productive as well. So as we share more of our resources, information, and insights, coworkers reciprocate in kind.
4. We need to be ready to address conflict to lead resiliently.
Conflict is unavoidable and can often be a drain upon energy and motivation. Taking an abundance mindset into conflict can mean looking for generative and positive opportunities within conflict. And addressing conflict in ways that are healthy can make a team more resilient and ready to move through the next conflict with an open mind.
5. When we lead abundantly and resiliently, we can take on any challenges.
Mary Kate and Ashley know what I'm talking about.