11/08/2011 10:48 am ET Updated Jan 08, 2012

7 Habits for Effective Teaching

Our collective capacity to enact our deepest values in the face of such incredibly challenging ecological and geopolitical conditions is nothing short of necessary. Leadership is not only essential it's no longer an option to remain passive.

We know that power lies in depth, and that from the depths of our presence, we can affect each other and thus our world. An integral framework includes five distinct elements that organize a more balanced and comprehensive approach to leadership. We can account for optimal states for acting, interior and exterior domains of both the leaders and those we lead, lines of development and personality types that constellate our organizations, to name a few key areas.

You are invited to follow along for the next 7 posts, to dive into the 7 Habits for Effective Teaching. Leadership is all about aliveness. It's about dancing effortlessly through the matrices of complexity in our organizational and political systems and our lives. It's about being willing to stay curious enough to be aware of the subtle and seemingly minor shifts that can affect the way that a message or idea is perceived. More than being present and engaged, it's about bringing fresh eyes to the delicate and arduous path of offering one's Self fully.

Here are a few hints about the 7 Habits:
• Consciousness matters.
• Our pace and resulting perception matters.
• Riding the moment works wonders.
• Stay aligned to what matters to you most deeply.
• Disentangle yourself from your delusions.
• Be uncertain and uncomfortable willingly.
• Intentions: Set them. They assist you to collaborate with the present.
• Track your animal desires. Meet your own needs.
• Unlock your creative potential by setting constraints. Flow matters.

The engineer Buckminster Fuller is often noted for his use of trim tabs as a metaphor for leadership. In the February 1972 issue of Playboy, Fuller said:

Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Mary -- the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there's a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trim tab. It's a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the little individual can be a trim tab. Society thinks it's going right by you, that it's left you altogether. But if you're doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of state is going to go. So I said, call me Trim Tab.
-- Buckminster Fuller