Leadership in Chaos (1) – Nothing to Copy –

I already wrote about leadership in chaos on March 23d, 2012, and announced it as a huge topic. Indeed, it is.
Leading in chaos is about collaborative thinking, handling and acting.

What does collaborative mean? The German wikipedia says:
collaboration is a conscious interacting when executing a job or action to achieve a collective goal. It is an active form of collaboration which demands great work-effort of the whole team.

First rule in leadership I have ever read is: one is born to be a leader. In return means: not everyone is a true leader. Okay, but I´d say: everyone can learn it. Plus: combined with certain experience, some are just late on that stage.

Why leadership?
Because as an adult we don´t need to be lead by our parents anymore and actually we´re supposed to lead others when the coin flips over.
Leader means originally in latin “dux” which is equally to prince. Unfortunately it´s connected to force and underlined due to many wars with negativity ´cuz each group needed a leader during war.
Back in our past at the beginning there were no assembly-lines nor factories. Life was more about conquering new land to expand. Today, we use products to expand.
Still: same strategy, same acting.

Leadership “lessons learned” back then offered the result that after some try & error there was a plan finally to copy and to adjust.
But when you´re in chaos, you won´t receive a plan. You cannot copy other people solutions ´cuz the dynamics will often mix the puzzle pieces and challenge you again and again.

Self leadership is about a very strong mentality.
….how do we get there? …..read soon!


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12 Responses to “Leadership in Chaos (1) – Nothing to Copy –”

  1. Tanya
    May 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Thanks for your post, Rita. I never knew the origin of the word, leader. You’re right that we all need to be able to be leaders at some point in our lives. This is an invaluable lesson.

  2. Anabel Granados
    May 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    Great post Rita!!! Keep it up!

    • rita jaskolla →
      May 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm #


    • rita jaskolla →
      May 17, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

      Thanks sweety!
      ….or may I say: Thanks Mrs. SteelDoll!!!

  3. Luis Rosario
    May 17, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Great job Rita,

    I think this quote:

    “But when you´re in chaos, you won´t receive a plan. You cannot copy other people solutions ´cuz the dynamics will often mix the puzzle pieces and challenge you again and again.”

    Is so powerful, you are absolutely correct, you cannot copy other people solutions, I think you need to create your own in order to deal with your unique situation, this also applies to planning a person’s life. I think many people emulate other people’s lives in order to create their own and that’s wrong, since we are all unique. We need to be come Leaders!!!

    Great post!

    • rita jaskolla →
      May 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

      Thank you Tanya & Luis for your thoughts on my website!

  4. Jenny Bishop
    May 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    Hi Rita, I love the way you break things down. Looking forward to the next post.

    • rita jaskolla →
      May 17, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

      I became very profound in life and figured: it´s the only way out!

  5. Sylvia L
    May 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    You made think.. Being leader is something each of us becomes no matter how minor the task.
    Great post

    • rita jaskolla →
      May 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

      Yes Syl, and we better know as much as possible about it. The better we lead ourselves and others the less energy we spend.

  6. Denni Jordan
    May 18, 2012 at 5:45 am #

    Great blog, Sylvia. I really enjoyed reading it. I so agree; one can learn to be a leader. While I have been told I am neither a leader nor a follower but rather an individual, I have slowly learned to move into the role of a leader. I totally agree with what you said about not receiving a plan when you are in chaos. Sometimes you just have to let go and trust the Universe.

    • rita jaskolla →
      May 18, 2012 at 11:04 am #

      Thanks Denni! I grew up among strong leaders on the hospital stage, but they had no plan for me and sent me in a maze of doubt. They were not happy about it either. I learned very early that I have to believe in myself – myself. I guess that´s were all adults end-up at some point in their lives one day as well.
      Keep going, learning, reflecting and you´ll get their!