The 3 I’s of Masterful Leadership
You’ve heard it said that “Knowledge is power.”
Is it really?
Imagine for a moment that you are the leader of your company, department or even a government. Now maybe you are and maybe you’re not, but just bear with me. Picture and feel the pressure of knowing that you are faced with a major decision and you need information in order to take action. You gather all your people and appropriate all the knowledge you can possibly get your hands on that pertains to the decision you must make…
Now, having gathered all that knowledge; what do you have? According to the knowledge is power theory, you now have power. While in truth you and I know that what you really have is a pile of knowledge.
Just for the record, and before I go any further, let me say this–Leaders, real leaders who follow the C.O.R.E. Affluence System of Leadership understand that knowledge alone is not power. However, don’t take my word for it:
As I’m sure you’ve noticed we live in the information age. This is a time when even the poorest person can have access to more knowledge that even the richest person had just twenty years ago.
Don’t get me wrong; this access is information is wonderful. Never before have we had more knowledge, yet, at the same time what I see is an even great propensity toward inaction and procrastination. All these people with all this knowledge and so many of them are sitting around waiting…for something.
Why is this? Why is it that if knowledge is power and poor people have access to more information that even the wealthiest person twenty years ago, why aren’t all the poor wealthy?
You like me have got to have wondered; what’s going on? What it all boils down to is this: Most people are afraid to take action because they are afraid they don’t have enough information and as a result they do nothing, telling themselves that when they get that right piece of information they will forge ahead. Ironically, all this knowledge that they already have creates a bottleneck on the road to action.
Let’s face facts. Knowledge has become the new magic wand–get enough of it and poof! everything works. But we all know that’s just not true! It’s just another level of magical thinking.
Information/knowledge is obviously important. In fact it is the first “I” in the three “I”s of masterful leadership. However, information on its own often is nothing more than mental masturbation for the ego. It’s a way of bragging that “my info is bigger than yours.”
What’s needed is the second “I” of masterful leadership–“Implementation.”
Everything we teach is based on The C.O.R.E. Affluence System. My research has shown quite clearly that all great leaders, knowingly or otherwise, use the C.O.R.E. Affluence System.
In a previous article I stated that the first level of the “C” in C.O.R.E. stands for “clarity.” In that piece, I said that a great leader must have clarity of purpose. Great leaders know specifically what they want and why they want it! That being said, once leaders have that clarity, they will need the second level of the “C” in C.O.R.E., which is “courage.”
“Talent or knowledge without a commitment to action is often nothing more than the mindless fantasies of a coward who lives in the buoyancy of possibility without ever having to risk rejection”. ~Dõv Baron…
Therefore knowledge is not power!
Information plus implementation generates power.
Or said another way: “Information without Implementation is worth the hole in the donut”.
In my next article I will discuss the third “I” of masterful leadership and explain why if you want to be a leader who stays at the top, you must have all three I’s as part of your leadership formula.
Until then, live with courage by putting your knowledge in action.
I look forward to your feedback
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