The voices behind our beliefs

We are often quite unaware of how our belief systems are influenced by various external factors, and how those beliefs may impact our decisions and actions. Not interrogating information that we are being fed on a daily basis could quite easily lead to a skewed view of reality, which may lead to inappropriate decisions or actions. Reflecting on how we have come to our conclusions should be standard practice for leaders.

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Outsourced morality

It is incumbent on each of us to constantly evaluate whether our moral compass is still pointing to our true north. We need to continually ask ourselves whether our actions are informed by our own beliefs that we carefully considered, before we concluded that they are fit to be used in our moral compass. How certain are we that we are not just believing what we are because those around us believe it? Or, that we are believing what we are because those who we have crowned with a halo believe it? Applying one’s own mind is paramount if we were to avoid the temptation of outsourcing our morality to others.

Fear can be your friend or your enemy

Whether we like it or not, we were not designed to be fearless. Fear is an emotional response connected to a basic need we all have – to feel safe. In the evolution of the human brain, this had been encoded for a very good reason. Our fear response is designed to trigger an action from us. If it’s a lion, we run. If we were to convince ourselves that we should not show fear and stand our ground, the stand we take is probably going to be immaterial to a starving lion. His fear that you may also be a threat, would most certainly be overridden by his fear of starving to death. Human beings are in any event rather defenceless without our modern weapons.

Know your rhythm

It is important that we work with our rhythm instead of against it. That is a sure way to increase our productivity. In the last number of months, I have started to notice that the number one issue I am dealing with among my coachees is burnout. Often that is because of a lack of understanding of what their rhythm is. We look after ourselves as leaders because we need to give those we lead the best version of ourselves. Selfcare is part of our leadership responsibility.

3 Responses

  1. Unfortunately there are no support systems in organisations, for the people who expose wrongdoing, or who strive to prevent the inadvertent or planned purposeful wrongdoing. People get labelled, isolated and boxed.
    This is a big problem as organisations have key players who orchestrate wrongdoing …..and there are not enough dissenters.

  2. Dear Dr Von Eck
    The voices behind our beliefs video has nuggets of lessons , thank you ..

    Congratulations , this website is easy to navigate and has lots and lots of useful and relevant information for leaders like myself .
    The middle Management section really resonates with me as I am currently placed in that role , do you offer coaching services for this segment of leaders .

    Sixolile Ngcobo

    1. Dear Sixolile

      I am really glad to hear that you find value in the website. Let me know if there are particular topics you would like me to tackle that I have not already addressed.

      Yes, I do offer coaching services. I will drop you an e-mail and we can explore how I can be of assistance to you.

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