Have you ever been worked for someone who treated you like a best friend or family who had more confidence in you than you did yourself? This is the receipe for taking greater risks, getting more engaged and achieving even more than you ever thought possible. I recently read the award-winning book, Hostage at the Table, by George Kohlrieser, along with his co-authors Susan Goldsworthy and Duncan Coombe. In this wonderful book, this former hostage negotiator explain how becoming a secure base leader releases extraordinary potential in others.
In his follow up book, Care to Dare, Part of the Warren Bennis leadership series shows you how to become a Secure Base Leader to release your followers from the fears that get in the way of their performance through building their trust, delivering the change, and inspiring the focus that underpins sustainable high performance.
Research from extensive interviews and over a thousand surveys with executives from all over the world, reveals the nine characteristics that Secure Base Leaders display on a daily basis. The research shows that a primary difference between a successful leader and a failed leader is the presence or absence of secure bases in his or her life. So just like emotionally focused therapy (EFT) for improving relationships by providing a secure bond and safe attachment with a loved one, having a leader who provides a “secure base” helps you to venture out and achieve great things.