Catabolic vs. Anabolic Leaders – Part 7 of 8
Seeing the Big Picture
We’re going to explore a very interesting distinction between anabolic andcatabolic leaders – we’ll look at the way that each type of leader thinks. This is perhaps one of the most complicated,but essential, aspects of understanding the difference between the two types ofleaders.
Catabolic leaders use left brain analysis almost exclusively. This type ofthinking is linear, and rational. It’s the logical approach, and considers onlyfacts and actual observations. Anabolic leaders use whole brain thinking, whichencompasses emotions and intuition, as well as logic. This type of thinking iscalled holographic thinking, because like multi-dimensional holograms,holographic thinking involves being able to see many perspectives at once.
By using their emotional and intuitive minds in addition to left brainlogical analysis, anabolic leaders are able to view a situation as a whole andthus get a complete picture of what is really going on. The ability to see this“meta-view” is key to ensuring the greatest chances for success (in every aspectof life), and especially for making, both on a daily and a long term basis, thevery best decisions they can.
So how would this actually play out“in real life”? Say a manager was faced with a decision about whether or not topull the plug on a project, launched several months before, which was notbringing in the income it was expected to. The catabolic manager would lookonly at the facts and figures, and, most likely, would decide to discontinuethe project because the money wasn’t coming in. Anabolic managers would takemuch more into account in making a decision. Not only would money and logisticsbe examined, but also, they would look at their intuitive response (whatflashes of insight they had) and also, consider their emotional response, andothers’ emotional responses as well. The conclusion they come to might be thesame – to pull the plug, or, based on a hunch or an emotion or both, they mightdecide to keep the project going.
The key is, usinga holographic approach, anabolic leaders address opportunities—andchallenges—from many perspectives at once. Thismay not be natural at first, but eventually, it will become second nature andincrease your effectiveness immensely.