The gift of darkness is finding bright.
Dark days are coming for you. If you haven’t felt the darkness yet, you will. I’m being optimistic.
Your response to the dark days of life determines your future.
Simon Sinek, author of, “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t,” told me he found his passion in the darkness.
Lone Rangers fail:
Leaders are crushed by the false belief that they succeed in isolation – darkness.
Simon said, “When I attempted to save myself from this dark period, things seemed to get worse.”
“It was only when close friends … assured me they would catch me … that I had the courage to share with them I was in a bad place…. It was their courage and willingness to stand close to me when I tried something new that I was able to come out of it.
Simon in his own words (1 min. 26 sec.)
The profound choice of leadership is the choice to defeat isolation.
Everyone who changes the world does it with others.
Solve isolation by connecting. But, don’t beg people to connect with you. Connect with them.
Connection – the essential act of leadership – requires safety. Simon believes safe environments are developed when we make the, “Choice to put the interests of others above ourselves.”
Choosing leadership is choosing to serve others, not coercing others to serve you.
I’m often asked if anyone can lead.
Sinek said leaders make the, “Choice to care for the person to the left of us and the person to the right of us.” If leading is putting the interests of others above ourselves, you can lead now.
The gift of darkness arrives when you connect with others. The meaning, purpose, and passion of your leadership is found only in community.
How have dark days formed your leadership?
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