These 3 videos and 70 pictures show you Barack Hussein Obama in a nutshell:
– Video 1: Obama’s breakout moment at the 2004 Democratic Party National Convention
– Video 2: Michelle Obama’s speech about her husband president at the 2012 Democratic Party National Convention
– Video 3: 2012 Obama Victory Speech
– 70 pictures of “No-Drama Obama“
Barack Hussein Obama is an extraordinary showcase for 3 leadership approaches that we promote at Y-Motions International:
– Authentic leadership, very well promoted by Bill George. Where leadership boils down to: be fully yourself, pursue your purpose and inspire! Read “Dreams from my father” – written by Obama in his thirties – to realize how this young man succeeded in finding himself in the maze of his life and his ancestors.
– Adaptive leadership, as developed by Ronald Heifetz. Where leadership boils down to: help a group face its problematic realities, and then cherish and promote the old habits, practices and values that will promote development, and discard those that now stand in the way of progress. This demanding type of leadership does not happen in an instant: deep change requires time to orchestrate dialogues amongst stakeholders, time for decision and also time to help the group deal with necessary losses.
– YMI leadership approach: it integrates the 2 previous approaches and adds 2 more focuses to generate more collective power:
1. focus on the quality of relationships – with yourself and with others: you need to be well in touch with yourself: with your own thoughts, blindspots, emotions, and even your physical sensations. Relationship to others: in addition to carefully listen to others, listen to the relationships and to what these relationships need. By increasing the quality of relationships, experience shows that you dramatically increase creativity, well-being and results.
2. focus on shared leadership: in front of complex challenges, everyone must exercise leadership. This requires to give the work back to people. And to empower each and everyone with your words, with your silences and with your actions.
As you watch the videos pay attention to how Obama weaves the “you” and the “I” and the “we”, into a “wider we”. A “wider we” that generates more collective power as it focuses everyone on essential goals. Pay also attention on how Obama stays grounded in what is essential for him, for his family, for his country and for the world.
Enjoy and share with us your thoughts about Obama’s leadership.