As we pause during these interesting times and take our temperature and that of our people and organizations, do we sense any unrest? If you sense it, then it’s present. It is all about your leadership. Your leadership! It is so easy to hide our heads in the sand. Reality and effort come when we look into the mirror and know what is right and what needs to be done.
We often run from confrontations only to discover that if we create time for bravery and confront an unjust situation, we will avoid the consequences of unrest. I often speak of courageous conversations and at no better time is this the key to success of today’s leader. People in your organization will respect a leader who stands up for what is best for the people and organization more so than someone who ignores what is happening right beneath their nose.
“A leader is someone who holds her/himself accountable for finding the potential in people and processes.” – Brene’ Brown
“Become the kind of leader that other people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” – Brian Tracy
Leadership is not for the faint of heart. Just imagine what it was like for those great leaders before us! To lead with heart and do what is right is to serve all people. Whether you have your team/employees working remotely or returning to the office, now is the time to do the work to keep everyone focused on the prize, vision and supportive of the culture. Where does your organization stand? Conduct the courageous conversations so that all voices know they are being heard. Think before you speak!
“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought they seldom use.” – Soren Kierkegaard
Take a quick overview of who you serve now, and where are you not seeing moments or worse missing opportunities to take action. You are a leader. Are you truly guiding, serving and elevating your teams? Our great leaders before us implored us to work together and communicate with one another. They encouraged us to not judge and not worry about our color or reputation but about our character and desire to serve others.
Change to some of us is uncomfortable as we are not always sure of the outcome. Have you lived in the comfort zone of avoidance too long?
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at time of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King
Change brings growth however uncomfortable it may be. We are living in uncertain times, forcing us to re-evaluate our business, personal lives and even our beliefs.
Build your leadership on solid principles and continue to serve those around you. Look that person in the mirror and think about what is truly important for today and tomorrow. Yesterday is gone.
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. This is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” – Martin Luther King
“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” – Martin Luther King
“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King
“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” – Martin Luther King