Which is better to inhale, or to exhale? Try it.
It’s a trick question, both are essential. And yet we think it’s better to give than to receive. We think it’s better to work than to rest. This is the old leadership paradigm rearing its ugly 3 headed monster. I hear you, yeah, but, Maren, it IS better to give than receive, to work than to rest.
Trust me. This is your training talking, not your knowing.
Anxiety and burnout for those in leadership roles are at an all time high, despite the fact that we live in a world with more technology and “shortcuts” than ever before. Why? The ugly 3 headed beast that has you convinced that one is more important, or better, than the other.
There’s a cost and we are paying it.
Thankfully, there is a collective shift happening, an evolution of leadership, away from the old “figure it out” “there can only be one right answer” analytical way of leadership, into a new way of leadership rooted in consciousness and self awareness.
More than ever, our role as leaders is demanding that we become less concerned with being experts in strategies and more concerned with being experts in humanity. Leadership in 2023 is calling us to integrate masculine and feminine energies, and let go of the “one right way” of doing things.
So how do we do this, within ourselves AND as leaders? It begins with intentionality and presence. One of the first things you can do is learn about and then embrace the uniqueness of your team. Invest some of your time discovering what drives them – investments pay dividends, and this effort will pay you back in spades. Help them develop their strengths instead of looking for their weaknesses
Leadership in 2023, and beyond, will prioritize inner growth over external achievements.
Which means it’s not only time to lean into the inner journey, it’s time to share it with your team. We are here to make a difference. This is the path. Collectively, as we continue engaging with spirit, prioritizing presence, and committing to communion with self, we start to embrace with more love and kindness, THIS is what will create change in the outer world.