Watch Your Energy Level to Positively Impact a Meeting
onSeptember 10th, 2019
- Updated onSeptember 10, 2019 - 4:04pm
Have you heard the saying, “Your energy level defines you before you even enter the room?” Do you know someone who can take the energy up or down in a room just by their presence?
What are the Energy Levels and How Do They Impact Coaching and Leadership?
Catabolic energy is draining, negative, resisting, contracting and destructive.
- The Advantage: Provides an initial energetic boost.
- The Disadvantages: Distracting, acts like a blinder/limited view, creates long-term mental, emotional, and physical tolls. Destructive to you and those around you.
Anabolic energy is constructive, positive, expanding, fueling, healing and growth-oriented.
- The Advantages: Helps move you forward, achieve positive and long-term results, necessary to leading others, creates a complete and conscious view and focused on solutions.
The 7 Levels of Energy
Level 1: T-Victim, F-Apathy, A-Lethargy
- I lose; I hate myself
- Blame others when things go wrong
- Down on themselves and take things personally
- Keep feelings and opinions to themselves
- Avoid confrontation and making decisions
Level 2: T-Conflict, F-Anger, A-Defiance
- I win, you lose.
- Angry, blames self and others
- Believe they have to fight to get what they want
- Not open/trusting of others or feels self-guilt
- Willing to do something about it and can get a lot done, but it is forced and aggressive
Level 3: T-Responsibility, F-Forgiveness, A-Cooperation
- I win and if you win too, that’s great
- Still can get into blaming mode; will rationalize own or others’ behaviors
- Rationalization is a coping mechanism
- Residual anger from past conflicts can leave disappointment
- Tries to fix the other person
“Our thoughts create our feelings, and they create actions,” says Karen Maier, AJO's Executive Coach and Energy Leadership Practitioner.“Coaches are not therapists and if there are issues to be dealt with, we can only expose the issue and propose what impact it might have on the leadership results.”
Level 4: T-Concern, F-Compassion, A-Service
- You win; I love you
- Focus is on caring, giving, supporting, helping others
- Giving is truly about the other person
- No longer take things personally
- Risk is give, give, give; putting others priorities before their own
Level 5: T-Opportunity, F-Peace, A-Acceptance
- We both win or we don’t play
- Sees opportunities from whatever is happening and what is right instead of what’s wrong
- Tend to be very intelligent; thinkers; leaders; great communicators
- Quickly addresses things; focused on solutions
“This behavior is about opportunity, win-win. The individual does not see challenges, they see opportunities,” says Karen. “Many executives are Level 5. High-energy optimists with strong positive vibes that are good to be around.”
Level 6: T-Synthesis, F-Joy, A-Wisdom
- We always win; all that happens has value
- The experience itself is the opportunity; don’t wait for things to happen
- Makes it possible to synthesize and create powerful partnerships
- Taps into their intuition; creative
- Calm, unstoppable, easy going, flexible, inspire greatness in others
- Goal is not project, but process
Level 7: T-Non-judgmental, F-Absolute passion, A-Creation
- Winning and losing are illusions
- Unconditional love
- The essence of our core self and nature of our true existence
- Create, experience and observe all at the same time
- No human completely resonates here/stays here but can learn to access it
“Nature dictates that no one can resonate at Level 7 for too long. People can have moments of this, then they return back to reality,” says Karen. “It isn’t accessible for long periods.”
Raising the Energy Levels of Individuals and Teams
Karen explains that people can choose to be inspired by higher energy people. For executives and leaders, it is an effort to put teams together from the one and two’s energy levels and make them a project team. But with the right higher energy levels inserted in the mix, it can be a winner.
“No one is a pure level of anything,” says Karen. “You can access whatever level is above or below you, depending on the situation. You can change as needed. But you can also make a point of entering a situation at a level that you know is going to provide motivation and initiate productivity. It’s up to you.”
Integrating the Energy Leadership Index to Leadership Coaching
“Bruce Schneider brings us another tool in the toolbox,” says Karen. “Our energy levels can impact our work, our personal lives and our general feeling of well-being. It is definitely a worthy assessment as part of the coaching process.”
- Energy Leadership: Transforming Your Workplace and Your Life from the Core, by Bruce Schneider
- Business Daily News, Recognizing and Harnessing 7 Levels of Energy Leadership
- The Energy Leadership Index Assessment. This assessment is a proprietary, research-backed assessment tool that takes something abstract, like the way a person views the world, and turns it into something tangible—a metric that you can see and feel and even reevaluate in the future. It’s only available through an iPEC Certified Coach. Ask AJO for more information.