Tumultuous, yet full-of-potential edges between seasons always make me think about life transitions. Those transitional edges between the here and there of our career, relationship, or self-discovery we all walk at times. For me, one of those self-discovery edges has been my ongoing dance with redefining and reclaiming the idea and practice of leadership.
With typical multipotentialite intensity, I’ve been researching and reading and experimenting. You know, consuming everything I can find. Using my high sensitivity’s perceptiveness to really feel into the information and integrate it in self-nourishing ways.
Claiming our personal version of leadership is really important for we highly sensitive, renaissance souled, introverted folks. In our working lives, having a clear sense of ourselves as a leader helps us…
- manage teams and projects with more confidence
- mentor team members and colleagues so they in turn nurture projects and each other
- speak up and out more or more effectively
- manage relationships with challenging people more effectively
- be proactive about our work path/career.
- be responsive to situations rather than reactive
- network with greater confidence
- participate in negotiations more effectively
- market effectively – without feeling icky (yes – that’s the technical term)
- be more strategic with planning and creating systems
True leadership is a holistic practice inspired by the way nature structures thriving ecosystems. It allows space for the sacred, for thoughtful discourse, for critical thinking, for intuition, for creativity and flow. It listens carefully for all voices.
True leaders are exquisitely honest with themselves about their gifts and challenges. They observe, listen deeply, and learn constantly. They understand projects, teams, communities, and movements have a unique rhythm, an ebb and flow of needs that must be noticed, interpreted, and tended by a dynamic and collaborative community of co-leaders. True living leaders become leaders because their unique perspective is necessary in that moment.
Leadership is NOT someone at the top of a heirarchy telling everyone else what to do. Leaders aren’t leading because they are the oldest, loudest, biggest, strongest, or longest in the position. That’s dominating. It can tip over into bullying. And we’ve had quite enough of it in the world.