Polarity Thinking

Polarities are two positive values that can feel like opposites, but are both needed for higher-level leadership:

  • Task & People
  • Action & Reflection
  • Consistency & Flexibility
  • Stability & Change
  • Take Charge & Empower
  • Short-term & Long-term
  • Transparency & Discretion

When engaged in “either/or” thinking, leaders often over-privilege one of the two polarities, while downplaying the other. Polarity thinking actively builds “both/and” thinking skills, helping leaders cope with complexity, while also stimulating higher-level conversations with their teams.

See article: The Power of Polarity Thinking

View PDF: Drawing a Polarity Map

View PDF: Polarity Examples

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