Companies today are wasting millions of dollars trying to raise employee engagement levels with little to no success. Most employee engagement programs don’t work. Why? Because they look to address the effect: disengaged employees, not the cause; disengaged leaders. Employees today are disengaged because they don’t feel connected to the leaders or the organizations they work with. Without a desire they become apathetic which leads to their lack of energy, and disengagement. Before your company can raise employee engagement levels, you and the leadership team will need to raise their energy levels.
Energy LeadershipTM is a leadership system developed by iPEC that helps employees become more effective leaders by giving them a new perspective that helps them raise their own level of energy. Leadership is a function of engagement: as leaders become more engaging, they become more effective at inspiring, motivating and influencing themselves and their colleagues.
Energy Leadership is based on the concept that there are two types of energy and seven different levels. As a leader becomes aware, and capable of recognizing the various energies and levels, they are able to see the exact extent to which their employees are engaged. Each new perspective brings with it a new possibility, and a new way to engage rather than react to their employees.
Most leaders, as well as most organizations, are limited in their ability to fully engage their talent. Their leaders are overloaded with fear based energy that slowly breaks them, and their organizations down. The most effective leaders are those with high levels of anabolic energy, and low levels of catabolic energy. These leaders are able to respond to stress in a far more productive manner.
In the words of former Director of Clinical Neuropsychological Services at Temple University Hospital, R. K. Ebert, Ph.D.:
“Unmolested, this energy system maintains the body in a condition of maximal health and well- being. Disturbances in this system are brought about by repeated insults, waves of catabolic energy generated by consciousness. Thoughts, beliefs, values, principles, emotions, and behaviors associated with [lower] levels of consciousness are catabolic. Habitual repetition of conscious or unconscious thoughts in this range gradually engender energy disturbances, self perpetuating in nature, which ultimately manifests as disease.
Healing involves a shift in the energy generated by conscious and unconscious processes. This is most efficiently accomplished by neutralizing the energy of “low level” thoughts, by disrupting the catabolic pattern of thought energy. Each thought contributes a specific energy pattern to the energy field of our being. There are no idle thoughts. All thoughts have an energetic consequence. It is only a question of how your thoughts will affect you energetically. Catabolic energy injures, anabolic energy heals.
In this reality every individual possesses a characteristic Level of Consciousness that frames, or limits, both the perception of, and the response to, external reality.”
Imagine you wake up one day to discover that you are living in a home that is seven stories tall with wrap-around balconies on each floor. As you ascend your home you find that each story has a different view of the surrounding neighborhood. Every balcony has a different perspective that offers you new choices, and allows you to lead yourself or others in a way that you might not have previously considered. The higher you rise, the more expansive the views- and the more energy you now have at your disposal. For example, from the third floor you have three views and three different choices, but from the seventh floor you now have seven unique options from which to choose.
We all live in these seven-story buildings, but few of us ever venture off the first few floors. The problem is the first few floors are catabolic (draining and destructive), and spending all of our time here limits our choices. Living on the bottom levels means we tend to react to our circumstances, not realizing we have other options available to us. Each higher perspective gives us increasing power and freedom and new ways to impact our organizations. Our Leadership Development System is a comprehensive program designed to help you view the world from each of these seven stories, so you can lead more effectively by consciously choosing the most advantageous approach. In our upcoming articles we will share what each of the seven levels looks like, and how each are impacting your leadership, as well as your organization.
Ascanio Pignatelli is an employee engagement expert. He is an award winning speaker, seminar leader, coach, and author of the forthcoming book Lead from Need: Raising Employee Engagement from the Core. He is the founder of E3 Solutions, an executive coaching and leadership development group that helps executives develop the leadership and communication skills to create more engaging workplaces.