Now is the time.
The time to open up, recognize the realities of the journey ahead, and stop beckoning for the unavailable past. Fair to say I’ve made mistakes in my life. Some big ones, that prompted me to desperately search for the rewind button. It wasn’t a onetime thing for me. And over decades of exploration, I am certain the rewind button in life does not exist.
Therefore, I am perplexed by the constant, ubiquitous plea of “get-back-to” statements applied to some longing for a nostalgic state of being.
Let’s just hit “PLAY.” Let go and move forward. Envisioning the possibilities ahead.
With our heads up and eyes forward, fully cognizant of how fast everything changes, and the realization that change will continue to be more rapid and more significant going forward, we need new leadership.
The people who will lead us, the voices that matter the most, have flipped in the reality of crisis. We already knew we have a leadership crisis. The path we were on is neither desirable nor sustainable. As we emerge from this current situation, it will be a grave error to “get back to normal.”
Normal lacked vision, beholden to the strongholds of a bygone era, the controls of status quo.
These patterns will be broken, barriers removed. The leaders of the future are those of the givers, not the takers – those that unite all, not the dividers.
What has long been reviled as weakness; care, compassion, love, empathy, will be our greatest strengths. The strength of Heart-Centered, Human-First voices is the future. The leadership we need. Let’s all claim it together.
If we go back, rather than forward, the acknowledgment and value of individual contributions will always be a back-and-forth struggle, and the authoritarian leadership model will remain in place.
From “Believership: The Superpower Beyond Leadership,” I write:
“Self-leadership is a necessity to generate the energy needed to leap forward and address the widening gap between current-state human capacity and the accelerating disruptions in business. In a corporate environment, self-leadership is better described as “guided governance.” This is a critical, yet rare, skill for future Leaders. But it is not taught. In complex organizations, guided governance empowers with intent, rather than control. Implemented well, accountability shifts to the individual and peers, which enables expanding capacity and continuity.
One iconic Leader cannot command a company, a village or a distributed workforce as they did in days of old. When we open the opportunity for all to seek their mission, grow along the path of their desire, explore and expand, people will respond with their best efforts. With this enlightened approach, companies will attract, develop people, open their minds to varied experiences, backgrounds, expanded values and honor personal choice. This shift will allow the diversity we know is needed. With this inclusivity, the best will rise, and our outdated model of Leadership can be retired.” *
The call to action from expert sources is plentiful. However, the propensity to adopt change is steeped in historical justification and denial. This little excerpt from BELIEVERSHIP illustrate the open and shared intent of our journey together:
“All of us are acutely aware of the challenges we face. Significant evidence illustrates that the current state-of-affairs is neither desirable nor sustainable. With a belief that each of us, each of you, is part of this solution, global community members support each other, embrace and lift others. We celebrate our gifts, our diversity and our individuality to infuse hope, achievement, and happiness in professional environments and personal lives. HumansFirst, an opt-in community, was created to connect and build relationships with others from around the world. Together we exercise our creativity, intuition, and innovation. We share our experiences and trials and spark discovery through focused and open dialogue. We inspire outcomes that raise achievement, fulfillment, growth, and wellbeing as we solve today’s biggest workforce challenges.” *
“When our hearts and minds are connected in purpose, and when we honor the commitment to others in our relationships, each person excels. Teams thrive, and the company expands. Represent what you believe, operate with purpose, and act on those beliefs. The great mistake many Leaders and employees make is acting against their values and beliefs; doing as they are told; or feeling obligated to do something for fear of losing what may not be worth having. Over time, the mental and emotional costs are too high.
To take your power back, shift your intent from “what I have to keep” to “what I have to give.” Holding on to something while sacrificing something greater is a decision based on scarcity and fear. When you are concerned for others and are aware of your gifts to give, your confidence rises. You’re able to remain in a state of possibilities. You will help others. You’ll lead.” *
We now have this opportunity to recognize and embrace an enlightened path forward. We must accept the blatant realities of the current state and untether our imaginations, strengthening our beliefs in a better future and break free from the strongholds of status quo that are deeply rooted in a bygone era that no longer serves us.
I believe in you. You are worthy. You matter. You are the future. Let’s go!
*(Excerpts from “Believership” © 2019 Mike Vacanti All Rights Reserved.)