……. in the past few years, ever since uncertainty became our insistent 21st century companion, leadership has taken a great leap backwards to the familiar territory of command and control. —Margaret Wheatley, researcher of organizational behavior.
Living in the ‘here and now’ provides a great training opportunity for leadership as it enables us to set aside our own mental constructs, receive input and ideas from all directions, and lead more creatively and imaginatively.
- are seers of alternatives;
- move forward by influencing events and inspiring people more than by ordering or demanding;
- know that every one-sided solution is doomed to failure. It is never a lasting solution but only a postponement of the problem;
- learn to study, discern, and search together with others for solutions;
- know that total dilemmas are very few. (We create many dilemmas because we are internally stuck, attached, fearful, over-identified with our position, needy of winning the case, or unable to entertain even the partial truth that the other opinion might be offering);
- know that wisdom is “the art of the possible.” The key question is no longer “How can I problem solve now and get this off my plate?” It is “How can this situation achieve good for the largest number and for future generations?”;
- continue finding and sharing new data and possibilities until they can work toward consensus from all sides;
- want to increase both freedom and ownership among the group—not subservience, which will ultimately sabotage the work anyway; and
- emphasize the why of a decision and show how it is consistent with the group’s values.
Great leaders must have the capacity to think beyond polarities and tap into full, embodied knowing (prayer); have a tolerance for ambiguity (faith); an ability to hold creative tensions (hope); and an ability to care (love) beyond their own personal advantage.