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As we consider the many ways that global events have changed our lives – how we work, how we educate our children, how we gather and form communities – it’s important not to miss the transformation underway in how we think about and what we expect from leadership.
Physical boundaries and defined spaces, such as at work or with a community, can disappear overnight and be replaced by a freely shifting virtual experience. With each new space, new configuration of people and talents, new tribe or community, also comes the opportunity for new intelligence, new insights and new consciousness to emerge. Leadership can make a difference in bringing new possibilities to life.
Our conversation weaves together some of the key threads in the transforming tapestry of leadership:
- A true leader creates the ecologies where each person can discover and liberate their own natural intelligence, inner strength and universal possibility.
- A critical transformation of the past 60 years is the ascendance of women in leadership. It reveals the power and potential made possible when feminine and masculine universal energies are partners in greater harmony and balance.
- Some of the world’s spiritual thinkers believe “high souls” are among us who appear as simple yet extraordinary people. They make the higher, better choices and try to leave every situation better than they found it.
- A risk for many leaders’ physical and mental health is their competitive nature and the ‘shortfall syndrome’, or feeling they are never enough. New ideas and practices are emerging that help maintain inner balance.
- The biggest decision a leader may face is the choice to take responsibility for their life and circumstances, and not place blame for everything wrong on the world around them.
Leadership enables new possibilities by creating the vision for new ways of being, new ways of doing, new ways of creating, and new ways of producing. And being able to embrace the vulnerability of not being certain, of stepping into the unknown, as an expression of courage.
I'm completely convinced humanity is full of extraordinary people. They show up as nurses and as doctors and as engineers and as workers on the factory floor, in all walks of life, in all backgrounds. Some are very sophisticated mentally, some are not. They will express the quality of their character in a different way. If I am present to see that quality, it comes shining in front of me. That’s part of the function of leadership, part of what leaders are here to do, to recognize the unpolished gem, the unpolished brilliance, in people they work with. The job of the leader is to allow that brilliance, that creativity, to come to the foreground and to give it space, to encourage it, to coach it, to nudge it, to help liberate that brilliance.