A calmer, more centered, less driven leadership style. Having shifted from a top-down leadership style to learning the value of involving others, most senior sages are now more relaxed and centered in their personal relations:
I think I have transformed from an A+ to a B+ personality. I am less driven and more relaxed in my style. I have become less of a perfectionist, though I still need to learn to relax more.
If there has been any change in my leadership style it is that I am a bit more laid back, patient, and more inclined to ask questions than to provide answers. And I’m certainly not ambitious any more, except for our grandchildren.
I now have more fun being a leader—as opposed to when I was paid and had to match someone else’s expectations. I am now part of a group that develops its own expectations, and this has allowed me to be freer.
The importance of collaboration. The freeing-up of senior sages from former behaviors and practices has also enabled them to engage others in teamwork and collaboration:
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More and more it’s about working together. I’ve never felt myself to be one to tell others what to do. More and more it’s about what we can achieve together. I’d rather be called a mentor or facilitator than a leader.
I have developed a much more collaborative style of leadership, and I am able to tolerate diverse opinions. I can be completely comfortable allowing different points of view to be expressed and debated. In my corporate leadership role I would push for rapid decisions and was much more impatient.