Today’s life requires from leaders very good communication skills. Not only speaking but listening, caring for words, understanding… Dialogic leader is a master of communication, master of a good talk.
The power of conversation is enormous. A talk has a central place in the people’s lives. Conversation is often the way we begin interaction with other people. Good relationship and cooperation grow out of good conversations. The skill to communicate in a propriete way is critical. We need both to understand others and to be understood.
Talking together consumes much time – at home, in the office, anywhere. Making changes to how we talk, we think, we prepare to conversation can have a big impact on our lives. We need a real dialogue. We also need leaders who care for dialogue.
What dialogue means? If we take the dictionary we can read that dialogue is a conversation of two people. But dialogue is something much more. It can concern one person (internal dialogue), two people but also the group. Dialogue is a conversation, interaction which important feature is curiosity, inquiry (questioning). Finding new meaning, new solutions, new understanding.
The term of DIALOGUE comes from Greek ("dia logos") and means "through the world" understood as a FLOW OF MEANING. You have a real dialogue when you explore the uncertainties. The essence of dialogue is an inquiry, asking questions that can generate new ideas, new perceptions, new understanding. Simpifying we can say, that dialogue is allowing multiple points of view to be shown. Our habits are very strong to defend our view, to agree with people and views that correspond with our own, and to disagree with different ones.
In dialogue people learn to use the energy of their differences to enhance their collective intelligence. In this way you begin to think together with other people – not simply report out old thoughts.
Dialogue can be contrasted with “discussion”, a word whose roots mean “to break apart.” Discussions are conversations where people hold onto and defend their opinions and often differences.
The theory and practice of dialogue (also in leadership) has been developed - for example - by William Isaacs – the senior lecturer at MIT and the owner of consulting company Dialogos in US.
The term of DIALOGIC LEADERSHIP he gives to a way of leading that consistently uncovers, through conversation, the hidden creative potential in any situation. Four distinct qualities support this process - the abilities:
- to evoke people’s genuine voices,
- to listen deeply,
- to hold space for and respect other people’s views,
- broaden awarness and perpective by suspending judgements.
The dialogic leader is balanced, he is practicing voicing, listening, respecting and suspending. And he is encouraging others to practice dialogue too.
And how would you define dialogic leader?