We are in a battle, folks. It is time for us to suit up, show up, and be the warriors we are.
Mental health challenges were at an all-time high before this shitstorm and now this necessary distancing can exacerbate loneliness, stress, addictions, anxiety, and depression. The net-net for leaders is this: connect more to self and others. Since we are hard-wired for connection this is not an option but an imperative.
These are the battle cries that keep me connected (and on which I will expound in upcoming communications, one battle cry at a time):
This season will bring out our best and our worst. We will harvest what we plant now at work and home; let it be a reaping of abundance, wisdom, health, vulnerability-based courage, and service to others. It won’t be easy because we are collectively grieving. Yet, let us find meaning in this.
Let’s redefine leadership by returning to a spiritual, holistic way of leading and living that focuses on a hallowed grounding, a courageous connection, and a daily Sabbath-kind-of-life.
Karen is currently writing a book about how the power of connection can transform leaders into catalysts, groups into teams, and businesses into places where people lean in to courage, clarity, and compassion.
During this time of sanitizing wipes, hands made raw from washing, and lighting many a candle, let’s take a page out of the playbook of a global team our firm has worked with for many a moon. Their success is built on a myriad of strengths which include the ability to navigate chaos with courage and wisdom, using it as a catalyst for transformation.