I call this particular form of leadership Cause Leadership - ‘cause’ because the purpose is to realise goals where there are social convictions, values and intentions. Causes may be local or global, transformational or incremental, for a small number of individuals or whole communities, or focused on people or the planet.
In each case, successful Cause Leaders need a special understanding of how to influence motivations, trust, collaboration, values and beliefs as preconditions for achieving social change. These are core components of my model for Cause Leaders - The Sphere of Leadership.
This is not leadership changes for profit, growth, career ambitions, personal profile or competitive advantage, although some of these elements may be relevant: the purpose of Cause Leaders is to produce positive social impact.
The world we need to live in requires the effective deployment of an exceptional set of leadership capabilities to create a breadth and momentum of force for social progress, whether the leader is in an appointed role or has stepped forward to take an initiative. These are the people aiming to play a part in improving life on this globe, together seeking to influence the quality of life for individuals, the wellbeing of communities and the health and sustainability of the environment.
The Sphere of LeadershipTM
Leadership is influence
The essence of leadership is to apply influence on others to produce changes. Influence only occurs in moments.
Every person has both leadership moments and follower needs
The most effective leadership influences create and promote change objectives (the cause), construct order for change (the system), realise opportunities for change to happen (the stakeholding), and generate optimism about the change journey succeeding (the organisation). This is The Sphere of LeadershipTM.
Leaders achieve a change journey through influence, whilst managers control to maintain their position or keep to the course set by higher up leaders. The role of appointed Leader Managers, where both leadership and management responsibilities sit side-by-side, is explored in the Leadership Navigation Guide ‘The Leadership Identikit’. But even in such positions, management is distinct to the Sphere of LeadershipTM and its Quadrants of Influence. As a Cause Leader you need to:
The four functions of a Cause Leader are: