Vision isn't everything! According to Gianpiero Petriglieri, the ability to "hold" is an essential skill for leaders. Positivity and commitment are two outcomes behind the psychological principle of holding.

Good holding, in short, not only makes us more comfortable and courageous. It makes us. — Gianpiero Petriglieri

There are types of holding:

  • Interpersonal holding, supporting individuals during crisis.
  • Institutional holding, building structures that support the organization.
They do it when they promote dialogue that lets diverse people participate in decisions and in adapting to new challenges together, rather than encouraging polarized factions. — Gianpiero Petriglieri

In times of crisis, be transparent about the affects that the times will have on individuals. Build structures that support the organization as a whole, then focus on interpersonal holding.

But you don't have to be a leader to develop holding; you can hold your teams and colleagues too.

Instead the leader started with a sincere concern for a group of people, and as they held those people and their concerns, a vision emerged. They then held people through the change it took to realize that vision, together. — Gianpiero Petriglieri

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