Today’s events in the UK call on the leader inherent in each of us to step up. As we cast our vote we need to draw on these leaderly qualities aligned to the greater good rather than assessing the choices before us through the narrow filter of self-interest.
And that means getting informed about those choices – who we vote for and how well equipped they are to act in integrity and on our behalf. Of course, the challenge comes in discerning the fact from the fiction of the arguments presented. In this full-on, always-on media age that’s pretty tricky, especially given the mass of ‘citizen journalist’ voices weighing in with an opinion as fact. What and who can we trust?
Well, this is where our inner leader comes in. If we ‘ruled the world’ what would we do for the greater good? What do our heart and our intuition tell us? If we listen carefully and create the space and silence to do so, we will discover the answer.
And if we have the privilege of a more formal leadership position in our organisations we can carry this principle forward into that environment too. Understanding that assessing the facts with rigour will take us so far but not necessarily far enough is a key step in elevating our leadership to the level required.
When we listen deeply to those around us and integrate head with heart and the power of our intuition – trusting what comes through – we’re surely going to make decisions of higher quality, magnitude, and positive impact.
As dawn breaks on the result of another election in the UK, we can reflect on the quality of leadership we exercised in casting our vote. Whatever the result, did we reflect deeply on what was needed for the world before making our choice? And are we prepared to do so in all aspects of our daily lives going forward?