The Way You See Yourself is the Way You See the World

Perspective is a way of seeing.

We see the present and future as we are.

Your way of seeing doesn’t change the world; it shapes your approach to the world.

Perspective births attitude. Your orientation to the world emerges from the way you see the world, not the world itself.

Perspective answers, “HOW will you face the future?” A leadership perspective on COVID-19 makes difficulty an opportunity.

Perspective is the big picture.

Perspective is a treetop view. Solutions are hacked out in the weeds.

Perspective doesn’t eliminate challenge. Sometimes perspective creates challenge. If you see COVID-19 as opportunity, how will you make the most of it?

Perspective sets direction but doesn’t offer specific solutions.

Perspective on yourself:

The most powerful perspective is the one you have on yourself.

Self-definition drives the direction of life.

When you see yourself as powerful, the future is opportunity. When you see yourself as helpless, the world is a threat.

Power enables action. Helplessness is permission NOT to act.

Self-definition determines action.

You might see yourself as a FIXER. Your stress comes from the need to give solutions. You might see yourself as a COLLABORATOR. Tension comes from needing people to be vulnerable, open, and honest.

The expectations you impose on others reflects the perspective you have on yourself.

  1. Bossy leaders expect compliance.
  2. Visionary leaders expect initiative and boldness.
  3. Servant leaders expect connection and shared commitment.
  4. Democratic leaders expect collaboration.
  5. Fearful leaders expect protection.
  6. Bureaucratic leaders expect stability.

The way you think about yourself comes out in your feet and hands.

Leader’s work:

The great work of leadership is helping people define themselves.

Self-definition exploration:

  1. Explore a teammate’s true contribution.
  2. How might personal stories reveal or shape self-definition?
  3. What do complaints say about perspective?
  4. What do teammates admire in others?

A way of seeing becomes a way of being.

How do you see the power of perspective at work in your organization or team? Yourself?

How might leaders shape perspective?