How to Be an Intentional Leader

By Noelle Sciarini on December 10th, 2014 / Comments

This Friday, spend breakfast with Carlos A. Sabbagh, a business and cultural transformation consultant and founder of The Intentional Leadership Institute. Carlos has over 35 years of experience in consulting, traveling to over 20 countries and holding various positions with companies such as Edca Corporation and Wilson Learning Corporation.

Before this Friday’s event, Carlos took some time to explain his approach to being an “intentional” leader in today’s day and age.

“We are not in an agricultural age, industrial or information age anymore, it’s now the human age or knowledge age,” Carlos said. “We’re not just dealing with tasks and people anymore, we are dealing with wholeness so we need to have leaders that are prepared for that.”

According to Carlos, an intentional leader needs to do the following five things:

Deal with Change

Leaders can begin to develop change strategies and tactics for their companies by figuring out how the change is affecting them personally, how the change is affecting their company and finally, how are external changes both are affecting the company and the individual? This helps the leader solve issues that come up on a personal, organizational and external level.

Create a True North (Direction)

The leader has to be a compass for the company, deciding who the company is, where they are going, and why the company is there in the first place. These will help establish the company’s values, vision and purpose, providing a guide for decision-making and a focus on collaboration.

Have a Strategy

Using the company’s values, vision and purpose, the leader can figure out what needs to be done in order to make the envisioned future become a reality. From there, the leader can decide how these tasks will be done, and also whether the company is truly ready to take the next step.

Create Commitment

The leader needs to identify what capabilities the company needs to have, what capabilities the company already has, and how to manage empowerment of staff members. With these three points, the leader can establish a management system that will specify how the strategies and tactics that have already been created will be carried out.

Generate Contributions Using a Process, a System & a Structure

Once the leader has established the direction of the company, what strategies and tactics will be implemented and also how these strategies and tactics will be implemented, the next step is to focus on what contributions the company will make both on a personal, organizational and community level. This will also encourage participants to think about what they need to do for themselves to maximize their effectiveness in all aspects of their lives.

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About the Author

Noelle Sciarini

Noelle Sciarini is a recent graduate from Michigan State University. Now an Ann Arbor resident, she fills her spare time with reading, writing, and the occasional road race. Find her on Twitter: @NoelleSci.