When you make a dream come true for yourself, it’ll be a dream come true for someone else, too.*
Truth be told, there’s very little leadership these days. As a result, day to day work is dictated. Employees engagement and satisfaction is assumed and not cultivated.**
Some think they are leading when they tell others what to do and they do it.
Sometimes this is necessary but not often – it works when it’s a matter of life and death right now. (Though we also have to recognise, this kind of leadership also creates life and death scenarios.)
The rest of the time there’re many other forms of leadership that can be employed, including leadership like yours.
This way of thinking of leadership sees and hears a bigger story, a deeper story. One that is about the amazing life we have been afforded in this universe rather than our usual bottom lines.
Henry David Thoreau saw himself standing between two eternities:
‘In any weather, at any hour of day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time […] to stand in the meeting of two eternities the past and future, which is precisely the present moment, to toe that line.’^
The reason we get stuck in the day-to-day repetitive stories that we do is because they’re far more clear than those that ask us to look further and to listen harder. But when we give ourselves to the latter, another eternity opens, the eternity of the present.
Here’s how Eckhart Tolle puts it:
‘Each person’s life – each life form, in fact – represents a world, a unique way in which the universe experiences itself. And when your form dissolves, a world comes to an end – one of countless worlds.’^^
And if you are a world then there is much still to be discovered, there’re things about yourself you haven’t seen yet. You discovering yours will create spaces for others to explore and discover theirs.
And we don’t have to be ready and sorted.
This all happens on the journey.
(*From Derek Sivers: Anything You Want.)
(**From Brian Solis and gapingvoid’s eBook 10 Reasons Your Culture is Failing.)
(^From Henry David Thoreau’s Where I Lived and What I Lived For.)
(^^From Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth.)