Develop Your Agile Leadership Skills Through The “Self As Instrument” Process

Metaphors are a perfect way to assess your “Current Way Of Being” and reveal how to shift to a “New Way Of Being.”

Lisa Bradburn
Apr 5 · 8 min read
Flock Of Geese, New Way Of Being Metaphor | Image By Gino Santa Maria, Shutterstock

When I raise my level of consciousness I am a more heart-centric, effective leader. — Lisa Bradburn

Burke’s concept of instrumentality (1982) went beyond a collection of interpersonal skills, attributes and technical knowledge to encompass the use of self as an instrument in conducting interventions. This notion of instrumentality is akin to the emphasis of heightened self-awareness in a gestalt approach to organisation consulting.

The answer lies in two concepts: owning and refining our instrumentality. Each of these ideas and their related practices is based upon a requisite perception of our self as a key asset requiring both proper management and investment. Owning our instrumentality relates to the development of our self-knowledge and expertise as consultants in the field. Refining our instrumentality implies regular maintenance work on self.

The blue eye sees all
The blue eye sees all
Visualization of metaphors | Image By air009, Shutterstock

Personal Development Goals

The Power Of Metaphors In Personal Change

Metaphors are not only literary devices but also devices for thinking. They can put a picture in the mind where none existed before — and they can reshape and update our shared mental images. When we use them wisely in our change communications, we can amplify our impact.

Current Way Of Being Metaphor (C.W.O.B)

The Limitations Of The Lone Wolf

The lone wolf metaphor
The lone wolf metaphor
The Lone Wolf, Current Way Of Being Metaphor | Image by jimbo4444, Pixabay

Stop Behaviours

New Way Of Being Metaphor (N.W.O.B)

A flock of Canada Geese in V formation | Image by Peggy Choucair from Pixabay

The Flock Of Geese Co-Creator

Start Behaviours

To Conclude

If we aspire to both the labels and the roles of helper, counselor, adviser, and supporter, using ourselves as key instruments, we must undertake a process of life-long discovery and of owning and refining our instrumentality — Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge

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Lisa Bradburn

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Agile Coach and Psychotherapist-In-Training at the intersection of technology and the human condition. Let’s chat: lisabradburnmedium@gmail.com

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Agile Coach and Psychotherapist-In-Training at the intersection of technology and the human condition. Let’s chat: lisabradburnmedium@gmail.com

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