Continuing the conversation on leadership. Yes, we could go forever. Let me make an assumption: that miraculously you’ll have some quieter time soon to slow down a tiny bit. ‘Holiday’: that magic word that means lots and lots of days for many of my clients, and just a little break if you are in the US.
If you have some extra time for reflection, of some sort, well, (your) leadership is not a bad topic to focus on. Read, think, take notes?
If you start deep inside you (you know that old spirituality saying that ‘the journey’ is not so long, just a few inches, head top down, that is) here is an idea: list your contradictions. Yep. How you like A but also B, which is so opposite. How you criticize X and love Y but you are X as well, and you don’t criticise yourself. Greet the many you that live together.
Frankly, in my case, sometimes it looks like a 70’s commune of uninvited people taking over the living room and camping in the garden. There are so many ‘me’.
I really believe that perhaps step one for any reflective leadership is to acknowledge the contradictions inside, welcome the paradoxes and do some discovery work.
And then, remain calm.
Elias Canetti (1905-1994) Nobel Prize of literature said: ‘I would like to remain simple as not to confuse the many identities I am composed of’.
Precisely. I say calm instead of simple. Maybe both are the same.
Continue the conversation…
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Dr Leandro Herrero is the CEO and Chief Organization Architect of The Chalfont Project, an international firm of organizational architects. He is the pioneer of Viral ChangeTM, a people Mobilizing Platform, a methodology that delivers large scale behavioural and cultural change in organizations, which creates lasting capacity for changeability.
Dr Herrero is also an Executive Fellow at the Centre for the Future of Organization, Drucker School of Management. An international speaker, Dr Herrero is available for virtual speaking engagements and can be reached at: The Chalfont Project.