Making Leadership Happen, Cindy McCauley
The outcomes of effective leadership are Direction, Alignment, and Commitment (DAC). DAC enables us to get from where we are now to a successful future.
- Direction: Agreement on goals
- Alignment: Coordination of shared work
- Commitment: Group trust, motivation, and responsibility
Each of us can bring aspects of direction, alignment and commitment to the leadership process. People working together can collectively improve DAC. One way is for individual leaders to facilitate this increase.
People need shared direction, alignment, and direction to work together effectively. Leadership Metaphor Explorer™ helps groups of people reflect on how they create DAC now, and on what kind of DAC they need in the future. Creating and maintaining DAC is what makes leadership happen. The sequence below shows a group choosing cards for present and future desired leadership (for each of the other main groups they interface with), sticking them to a chart with a narrative, and then distilling out the essential shift in the leadership culture that need to happen.
More on DAC in this guide:
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