BOSTON, July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- There is a world of difference between "knowing about" a thing and "knowing" a thing. Dedicated sports fans may know a lot about the sport, but only the players know the sport. Knowing the sport means understanding what it is to be on the field and what it takes to play the game. A player "embodies" the sport, whereas for the fan, it is always only a concept. Similarly, most training for leaders is "about leadership," and is largely based on describing the characteristics of leaders, but developing the habits of a leader requires us to learn by observing, reflecting and practicing.
Ontological Leadership is an emerging discipline and OntoLeader (http://www.ontoleader.com) is a global consortium of Ontological Trainers, Coaches and Mentors, presenting a practice-based framework to lead effectively as one's natural self-expression.
Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being and comes from two Greek words: Ontos, which means "being," and Logia, which means "study." Ontologically, to be a leader means that you actively engage your whole being into your leadership. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit." This quote of Aristotle's encapsulates the idea of Ontological Leadership. We will be a leader only if we develop the habitual behaviours of a leader, personally and in an organization. Ontological Leadership Model teaches leaders how language works, the mechanics of effective communication, how to declare a future that others commit to, how to navigate moods and emotions and how to trust their bodies to listen, understand and act.
"The three domains of learning we use are Body, Emotion and Language, or the BEL model. It is through these three domains, we see, learn about and interact with the world. If we want different results, we need to take different actions and if we want to take different actions, we need to first be able to see other possibilities. In order to see new possibilities, we need to shift how we see the world, because we can only choose from those options we can see. Learning in this way requires immersion and practice. Anything else leaves us knowing 'about' leadership, but does not grow us into more effective leaders. So the idea is that we are more holistic, looking at the whole leader, rather than just the leader's brain," explains Dan Newby, Curriculum Director of OntoLeader.
Ontological Learning can help you understand and align your own life and can also be applied to working with others as a leader, friend or family member. It is also the basis to address some of the fundamental organizational challenges like distrust, ineffective communication, missing conversations and a mood that doesn't support the work.
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OntoLeader offers online and classroom based training courses, coaching services, organizational development and personal development programs, with the promise that if you employ these practices, you will become a better leader.