Shared Endeavour not Individual Pursuit

December 7, 2015 at 4:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“Everything, including all people, exists only through relationships with other people or things.
Nothing exists in isolation or absolute independence.
No person, or thing can arise of, for, or by its own accord.
Everything is interdependent.”
– Taro Gold

As we move through our program days the role of interdependence in our learning and leadership journeys becomes abundantly clear to all. The participants begin reflecting on, processing and highlighting its importance usually from the very first game. Unless we are isolated on a deserted island from birth and somehow miraculously survive, (go with me here) our journeys of potential will be shaped, impacted, challenged and supported by others who are inside and outside of our spheres of influence each and every day. This is whether we like it or not!

“The interdependency of humankind, the relevance of relationship… is ancient, ancient wisdom.”
– Rebecca Adamson

Over the past few weeks I have found myself using the phrase ‘leadership is a shared endeavour not an individual pursuit’ at various times within the program day. It just seemed to fit the experiences, reflections and sharing that were taking place at the time. When we accept that ‘leadership is action not position’ (this quote underpins our L.E.A.D. with Courage™: Stage 3 Leaders Program philosophy), we see that a deepening of connection to self, others and the world around us (thus being in relationship with all these three areas) is vital if we are to make a difference in our own and others lives.

“[People] may be said to resemble not the bricks of which a house is built, but the pieces of a picture puzzle, each differing in shape, but matching the rest, and thus bringing out the picture.”
– Felix Adler

It is common for our student feedback forms to come back to us saying that the thing a participant enjoyed most was working with others they don’t usually work with. It is also common for participants to comment that the thing they would change about the experience was their own decisions to not work with a greater variety of other students during the day. This inspires us immensely as we strive towards our vision of ‘informed, connected and empowered individuals believing deeply in their own and others potential’. If we as individuals and groups continue to develop purposeful skills, attitude and behaviours (like shared vulnerability, really listening, effectively responding to conflict, etc.) that assist us as we navigate connection building and deepening we will experience and seek more ripples, opportunities and results that were before unimaginable.

“Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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