Leadership Series – Creating Win-For-All Solutions
In some negotiations and business relationships, where one party may win ground while the other party or parties lose ground, this win-lose relationship is often referred to as a zero-sum game. Whatever one person wins, the other person loses, making the net gain a zero.
While that can be fine when it comes to playing board games or video games, it’s not in your best interest as a leader to adopt this zero-sum game attitude. In fact, it might be hurting you and those you lead, more than you may realize.
Learning how to come up with ideas and creative solutions that serve all, is an important skill to develop as a leader. Even though it’s typically much easier to attack a problem from a win at all costs perspective, coming up with a win-for-all solution takes a higher intelligence and a much more collaborative process.
In essence, win-for-all solutions require the building blocks of the other leadership series highlights previously shared:
- Taking radical responsibility
- Learning through curiosity
- Feeling all feelings
- Speaking candidly
- Eliminating gossip
- Practicing integrity
- Generating appreciation
- Excelling in your zone of genius
- Living a life of play and rest
- Exploring the opposite
- Sourcing approval, control, and security
- Having enough of everything
- Experiencing the world as an ally
When it comes to solving problems, it’s understandable that not all issues are negotiable, however, many can actually be solved with a win-for-all solution, at least in a small way. Although it might take some extra effort and require more outside-of-the-box thinking, the benefits can greatly outweigh any costs.
Win-for-all collaborations allow solutions to be implemented quickly, saving time and money in the end. It also creates a more cohesive, supportive environment for leaders and those they lead.
Great leaders create win-for-all solutions – is that what you try to do whenever possible?
Let’s be honest – the world needs better leaders at work and at home. Are you ready to become a better leader?
Source – “The 15 Commitments Of Conscious Leadership”