Shifting paradigms requires an introspectiveness that is open to vulnerability, with the capacity to simply let go and trust. A space where means and process are more than buzz words offered to satisfy a surface level understanding, but elements critical to uncovering possibilities. Leaders must be flexible and adaptive to meet turbulence and generate substantive change. This requires an authentic lens that remains true to values. However, with a society increasingly focused upon the immediacy of action, the notion of thoughtful contemplation as a means to foster the emergence of new ideas, seems to be summarily dismissed by many leaders. We need only reflect upon experience to understand the need of leadership that is present, awake, and self-aware.
Introspection, and the self-awareness that can be generated, are the ingredients necessary to providing insight as to the manner in which a leader can elevate and improve outcomes. It is from this position that an institution can create the frameworks necessary to support authenticity and expel political expediency. Trust and the cultivation of community are the essence of progress. As such, it is important that an ethical leader engenders the value of trust over compliance, and sustainable influence over the desire to meet a perception and secure power. In doing so, organizations attempt to ameliorate the extreme views generated from the lack of understanding that permeates many facets of their social structures. However, this demands an authenticity that seeks to create a leader-follower relationship founded on inclusiveness and objectivity—as empowerment is the foundation of a progressive leader.
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