Professor Bill George, in his book Finding Your True North, A Personal Guide, suggests that living authentically and with purpose requires a shift from an “I” to a “We” orientation. Following is an exercise from his book that could easily be used by a forum at a regular meeting or retreat.
Looking at your life story, describe a time when you were leading from an “I” orientation?
Describe a time when you were leading from a “We” orientation?
In leading from a “We” orientation, what impact did I have on others and on the results I wanted to achieve? How did this compare to the “I” orientation?
What percentage of my time is currently marked by leading from the “We” orientation? What percentage of my time should this be?
Leading from “We”: At present ____% In the future ____%
As Professor George says, in reality, there are times when you are “I” oriented, and other times when you are “We” oriented. The important question is how much of your time as a leader is spend in one rather than the other, and whether you can lead from the orientation you need, when you need it.
This exercise can help all forum members learn where they are in shifting from an “I” to a “We” orientation.