We hear people talk about a shortage of leadership. It as if we had mined all the leadership we could out of the earth and were running short.
Traditional fossil leadership is expensive and will not get the job done. The leadership which will carry us into the future is renewable.
Each of us has the potential to become our own, unique kind of leader. One step on the way we explore our leadership is learning how to renew our resources.
Many traditional leadership examples in our culture emphasize persistence and hard work. Perseverance and determination are valuable strengths. Understanding our need for balance, rest, and renewal is also essential.
The leaders who inspire me recognize the importance of rest, reflection, and renewal.
The challenges our leaders face today demand cooperation and collaboration. It is difficult for one person, working away day and night, to solve such complex problems. Leaders need to recognize it is crucial to work with diverse groups of people with varied skills.
In the same way, we need to work with various approaches and perspectives. One size does not fit all. Our efforts, and our results, will be richer and stronger as we remember to renew our leadership.
Some of us are used to functioning on adrenaline, focus, and caffeine. We may believe we can move mountains if we just try a little harder. We need to be reminded of the value of a change of pace, a breath of fresh air, a few minutes of silence.
Our leadership needs to bring out the best in the people around us. A few minutes of rest may be our best tool to open that door.
How will you renew your leadership today?
When will you take time for rest and reflection this week?
[Image by Sharada Prasad]