influential leadership is
the practice of social agency to influence and shape our lived lives and life trajectories for the better
The underlying approach to influential leadership is
the capability you have to think for yourself and to choose to act in ways that
influence and shape your and others’ functioning, lived lives
and life trajectories, for the better
Influential leadership is a System of leadership
with the following Architectural elements
is the foundation of the System. It acknowledges that the quality and value of each life
is inseparable from others’ lives, and that our social agency provides the capability
we each have to change circumstances for our better
are derived from the Philosophy. They are the
fundamental truths that guide behaviours
towards productive consequences
the Behavioural Attributes
flow from the Philosophy and Principles. They
are the way leadership is practiced to
ensure productive consequences
are the social circumstances that happen anywhere and anytime
that activate the practice of influential leadership
are the productive consequences that arise when a person successfully
practices influential leadership at a leadership moment
The purpose of influential leadership is to change things for the better,
for the person who chooses to lead, their associates,
and those downstream.
Change. Inclusive. Better
The Eight Principles
1. I lead by choice
2. I go first
3. I take personal responsibility
4. I influence and shape lives through social agency
5. I keep people at the centre
6. I lead anywhere and at anytime
7. I benefit with others
8. I shape change for the better
The Eight Behavioural Attributes
1. I am self-aware
2. I am courageous
3. I am hopeful
4. I am principled
5. I am purposeful
6. I am questioning
7. I am strategic
8. I am thoughtful
Karoo is a unique enterprise and a distinctive place
The Karoo is an elongated semi-desert area in the southwestern part of South Africa, made up of two zones.
The ‘Klein’ (small) Karoo lies towards the coastal plateau, while the ‘Groot’ (great) Karoo lies inland on the northern side of a mountain range.
The Karoo covers almost one-third (395,000 square km) of South Africa, which is similar in size to Vietnam or 163% larger than the United Kingdom.
The Karoo derives its name from the original people who lived in these parts, the Khoi.
They aptly referred to the area as, Garo, a hard, dry, thirsty land.
The Karoo is represented in Karoo’s logo by the semi-desert colours – shales, browns and olive green – the orange sun, the windpump vanes and the ever-watchful Meerkat.
These are complimented by the original National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) font.
The Karoo and influential leadership
It is a challenging place – to survive and thrive requires self-awareness, courage, discipline, foresight,
hopefulness, purposefulness, resourcefulness and respect
A little goes a long way
It may seem lifeless, until you pay attention to the detail
There are no entitlements here – just responsibilities
At first encounter the Karoo may seem arid, desolate and unforgiving,
but to those who know it, it is a land of secret beauty
and infinite variety.
Who is Colin?
There is a proverb that states:
Everything I’ve done until now, has led me to here!
Such a notion is perhaps the best way to describe my personal journey to conceive, design, construct and
share influential leadership.
My life has been characterised by formal and informal studies of different disciplines, in a variety of places; the consumption and experiences of books and ideas; the light and shadows from a range of workplaces; the accumulation of an assortment of skillsets; fantastical travel-experiences across the planet; and the influences of the good, the bad and the ugly of humanity. Time and space have developed my sense of curiosity, while a restless mind and body and an irreverence for the orthodox and the establishment have asked for better answers than the ones I have had so far.
All these currents and inclinations of life have brought me to here – a real-world leadership practice and profession, fit for the 21st Century.
If not now, when?
If not you and me, who?
Life demands that we make choices, that we exercise our social agency to live our best lives possible. Whatever you decide to do, right now, has consequences for you, and for others. Influential leadership will equip you with a philosophy, the principles, and the behavioural attributes to succeed at each leadership moment.
Welcome to the influential leadership journey!