Great leaders from all walks of life inspire themselves and others to take constructive, life-changing action to create extraordinary, sustainable results. How well you lead depends on the nature of the energy with which you choose to fuel your thoughts, beliefs and actions.
Catabolic or fear-based energy injures: it is destructive, draining and potentially very toxic to you and those around you. When leaders choose catabolic energy, they destroy and break down everyone and everything around them.
Anabolic or love-based energy heals: it is constructive, invigorating and nourishing. It helps you lead yourself and others forward to achieve productive, beneficial results. Higher levels of anabolic energy are associated with more effective leadership. Whether in the workplace or at home, leaders who choose anabolic energy build relationships, teams, families, organizations and businesses that grow and thrive.
In the next nine Energy Leadership™ blog posts, we’ll take a closer look at the characteristics of anabolic and catabolic leaders to reveal how you can enjoy greater leadership success and fulfillment.
First, let’s look at the overall style of the catabolic leader. A catabolic leader manages. The definitions of “manage” are “to handle, direct, govern or control in action or use” and “to dominate or influence.” Catabolic leaders seek to control others. They tell others what to do and how to do it. In aiming to control, the catabolic leader keeps others powerless. Ironically, such leaders often complain that they can’t find good help and no one does things as well as they do. Well, duh!
An anabolic leader LEADS. In contrast to managing, the very definition of leading is more supportive and empowering. It means “to go before or with to show the way” and “to guide in direction, course and action.” Anabolic leaders don’t control or push. Anabolic leaders inspire others by personal example with words and actions that encourage and empower.
Anabolic leaders know we are each more than we appear to be. They don’t feel the need to tell people what to do because they realize that everyone has their own answers and gifts within.
In the previous post, we discussed potential catabolic and anabolic responses when facing a situation or task. When a catabolic leader DEMANDS that you do something, it’s more likely your response will be in the catabolic range: I WON’T or I HAVE TO or I NEED TO. When an anabolic leader ASKS that you do something or SEEKS your input, there’s a far greater possibility you’ll respond in the anabolic range: I WANT TO or I CHOOSE TO or I GET TO. The more anabolic the leadership, the greater the probability of success.
Armed with these insights, begin paying closer attention to your choice of language to discern the energy underneath your words. You’ll discover a wealth of opportunities to shift your energy more deeply into the anabolic range by leading instead of managing. In the process, you’ll enhance results, anchor equanimity and deepen fulfillment for yourself and others. Choose your energy: change your life!
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