Doing the Deeper Work
What does the work of self-awareness and responsible action look like in the midst of an historic health crisis, rising racial tensions, and declining trust in leadership at the highest levels?
Where do we begin?
I have a few suggestions:
The journey of self-discovery is never just solo. We all benefit from being in community with others who care about us and our development. Usually the discernment of answers to the questions offered in my previous blog come from within a discerning community.
Ask yourself: Do those I teach/educate become more of themselves? How does this happen? Do I learn more about myself? Do I update what I do based on what I learn? What difference am I making?
Ask yourself: Who is a responsible, competent professional trying interesting /different approaches? What are they learning? How can I learn from them? How might I contribute to their practice? How are they using multi-modal, multi-disciplinary, cross-sector approaches?
We are in the midst of what at times feels like massive and permanent chaos; a time of cosmic like shifts that are unsettling opportunities for bold change in how we educate leaders. Leadership scholars, researchers, teachers and practitioners must be prepared to occupy the liminal space in which to question and re-examine not only the content of our work but the pedagogy we are using. In this time, we are called to give serious thought to what and how we have shaped leadership and for what kind of world we seek in the future.
Whatever form your inner work takes it is absolutely necessary to the development of well-differentiated, self-aware leaders; conscious about who they are and how they are being in the world.
Who we are - our very being in this world – affects the world?
Katherine Tyler Scott
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