Leadership Teaches Us the Steps

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Leadership is about learning how to dance.

Being a leader is not about making us all be the same. Leaders are not about measuring our efforts and getting rid of whoever does not measure up.leadershipsteps

Leadership is not about making other people try to be more like me.

I have worked with people in positions of responsibility who acted like the most important thing they could do was impose and enforce rules. They tended to approach leadership like it was organizing orderly rows of people all marching in lockstep.

Leadership does not come from the top down; leadership comes from the inside out.

The leaders who inspire me know themselves well. They have taken the time and done the work to find their true selves. They are discovering their own core values, their own deepest desires, and sharing themselves with the people around them. They connect and relate to people around the values they share. They understand that they cannot do everything well themselves, that each of us makes a significant contribution.

The leaders who inspire me lead with joy and abandon. They share the lessons they have learned, and they learn the lessons that other people have to teach us. They learn as much as a result of their own leadership as anyone else. They are learning along with the rest of us.

They learn to jump and twirl, to feel the sun on their arms and the sand under their feet.

Leadership teaches us the steps so we can learn to dance on the sand at the edge of the ocean.

Who has your leadership taught how to dance on the sand at the edge of the ocean?

When is the last time you felt the freedom that comes from dancing on the sand?

This post was republished with permission by Greg Richardson

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Greg Richardson
Born in rural Wisconsin, Greg was raised to be very strategic. His life and work have been a voyage of discovery beyond anything he could have imagined. Greg is a recovering attorney and university professor. He has served as a criminal prosecutor, a legislative advocate, and an organizational leader. Greg has recruited, trained, and developed volunteers and staff members for a wide variety of companies. He brings his experience, focus, and sense of humor to each of his endeavors. Greg is articulate and engaging. Greg is also monastic, a lay person connected to a Benedictine monastery in Big Sur, California. His experiences with monks and monastic life have taught him the deep importance of working from a person’s, and an organization’s, core values and principles. Greg is a deeper, clearer listener. He knows the benefits of silence and reflection. In addition to being monastic and strategic, Greg has a strong appreciation for the virtues of craft brewing. He is on a pilgrimage of craft breweries in Southern California, and writes a monthly column about craft brewing for an online magazine.Greg now lives in Pasadena, California.
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13 comments
AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

Greg,

This post really lifted me inside. Yes! It is  a beautiful dance. Thank you for this.

RyanKBiddulph
RyanKBiddulph

Hi Greg,

Yep. Always an inside out deal. The thoughts and feelings you choose - independent of the outside stuff - determine your leadership skills.

Thanks!

Hoda Maalouf
Hoda Maalouf

Great Post Greg!

I'm always inspired by your writing and love the way your words flow through the text!

Hoda

StrategicMonk
StrategicMonk

@shawmu I am doing well, Shawn! It is sunny & warm here in Pasadena. How about you?