I’m hoping we can just chat for a minute.
I can tell you’re terribly confused and I don’t blame you.
It’s been a tough go these past few… well… centuries.
We’ve done our best to confuse you, haven’t we Leadership?
We’ve wanted you to be so many things.
We’ve wanted you to be strong and brave and courageous.
We’ve wanted you to be sensitive and thoughtful and compassionate.
We’ve wanted you to fight and argue and powerfully exude your will over others.
We’ve asked you to listen and be patient and give us a chance to join you on our terms.
We’ve asked you to be honest and tell the truth.
But, we’ve also asked that you really think through the truths you tell us and in the manner in which you tell them.
I get it.
We’re a mess.
And as a result, you’re confused.
We’ve told you to only show up for those who’ve earned the right to have you and yet, many have taken you, against our will and you follow suit.
We’ve told you to be charismatic and dynamic. While also wishing you wouldn’t be quite so blustery and loud.
We’ve asked you to go to war with your guns and your armies and your weapons.
We’ve asked you to fight for peace with your words and your rallies and your protests.
We’ve held you to a double or even a triple standard.
And so it’s no wonder you’re left with your head in your hands, Leadership.
You must be asking yourself regularly:
- How can I figure out who I am?
- What do they want from me?
- Who should I be for you?
- What is the right way to be, to be the best example of Leadership in the world today?
I asked to sit with you, not because I know the answer, but because I want you to know I hear you.
I see it sort of like an 18 year-old who’s off to college.
You’ve had expectations held of you for so long. The routine became easy and simple. You didn’t have to think much… and the people around you didn’t either. We all just sort of agreed, this is who you are in the world and this is how you should act.
But now, now that you’ve grown up and are leaving the nest, everything changes. New rules, new expectations, new adventures.
That’s how I see things for you, Leadership.
The rules are changing. You’re literally straddling opposing, unresolved philosophies.
There’s no clear direction.
Although, you get the sense that going back isn’t the right way anymore.
But there are folks who want to keep you there because it’s safe for them, Leadership. It’s not their fault… they just don’t know any different, so they want to keep you the same. When you stay the same, they feel safe.
But others are waiting for you to step into something unique and new.
The transition will continue to be hard and arduous and filled with resistance.
The vision of where you are going is likely very, very, cloudy. But there will be beacons.
My hope, is that by our next generation, we will have a strong definition to offer you.
One that feels good for most people.
One that includes people and loves people and shows others how to do the same.
My hope, Leadership, is that you continue to grow up and mature and show us what it means to truly love the people who follow and practice you.
But for now, how about we just sit… take a breath… and prepare for the next moment.