In order to grow into a great leader, we must ensure that we build our character, principles and values. The stronger the character of a leader, the better they can display good leadership and make decisions that are in the interest of the greater good. Personal inflexion points make us stronger if we make the right choices. This section is designed to help subscribers to have those difficult brave conversations with themselves and make the necessary changes within themselves.
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.
In this conversation, Dr Claudelle and Pam Kleinot discuss trauma, how it impacts on how we show up in the world of work and how we can recognise the symptoms of trauma.
We are often quite unaware of how our belief systems are influenced by various external factors, and how those beliefs may impact on 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.
Taking a step back and getting onto the balcony to observe yourself is probably one of the most difficult things to do. We don’t like acknowledging, nor watching, our flaws in action. However, as long as we are not aware of the flaws, we cannot correct them. It is always a lot easier to look at the flaws of others than looking at our own. When we are able to convince ourselves that we need to become our own observers and step back, we open up a whole new world of possibilities in our own self development. But, that does sound easier said than done. How does one accomplish and maintain such a feat?
One’s inability to come to a decision can create a never-ending cycle of turmoil. This is especially true when we need to make decisions at
If the rhythm of the drum beat changes, the dance step must adapt.
— African proverb