Seems to me like we are in the midst of a pandemic of the worst kind.
And, I am not talking about the Coronavirus, but rather the lack of personal leadership across our communities.
We have spent the summer belting the actions (or lack of) of Scomo, but have we really asked ourselves ‘what are we going to do about it’?
I don’t necessarily mean anything as glamorous as bushfires, climate change or global warming, but rather those small itches that need to be scratched in our families, our communities and our workplaces.
Just last week I watched a community volunteer, in a leadership role, ask for permission to communicate with the wider membership base. And, I was also close at hand when a Business Manager put the needs of the wider team in jeopardy to please a client.
In both cases, these talented, smart, leaders-in-their-own right, gave away their personal power to be liked. The desire to be both endorsed and appreciated was more important that the fundamental role description of their jobs.
So, it got me to thinking. Are we really so unsure of ourselves that we need to seek permission, these days, to get things done. Basic. Everyday. Leadership decisions.
Because the authority, to make decisions, already sits with you. It sits with all of us.
Because what we really need to be talking about is the fear of our own personal power.
Fear that we might get it wrong.
Fear that we might not be liked.
Fear that we might be different.
Fear that we might actually be responsible for our own shit.
And, it is this fear that is pervading our homes, our offices and our communities.
The real pandemic is fear of our own personal power.
But, imagine, just imagine, what might be on the other side of that fear, if we simply leaned in and owned it?