There are five dimensions of Co-Active Leadership. Co-Active Leader Within is the foundation you must live with full self-authority, modeling acceptance and integrity Co-Active Leader from the Front means pointing the way and inviting and inspiring, not compelling, others to follow. Co-Active Leader from Behind means serving others, supporting them and growing their leadership capacity. Co-Active leader from Beside means fully partnering with other members of your team, without egos or agendas, a dance in which both partners lead. And finally, Co-active Leader from the Field means slowing down long enough to capture the insights and wisdom available beyond our rational mind. Co-Active Leadership is the only model to celebrate and honor these different expressions of leadership. It allows collaborative solutions to emerge that would never have been possible otherwise. Over and over, Karen and Henry Kimsey-House’s clients told them that they found traditional, top-down models of leadership to be divisive and isolating, that they would welcome a more inclusive, holistic approach. So this book begins with a new and expanded definition of leadership: Leaders are those who are responsible for their world. Co-Active means being in action together. In Co-Active Leadership everyone is a leader in different ways. We each play different leadership roles in different situations, and these roles are continually shifting.
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