“Why?” This is the most open-ended question that exists. Some believe it is also a most threatening question. Sitting here searching for a starting point for today’s writing I thought of this powerful one word question and about why one word followed by a question mark could be perceived as so threatening.
I thought about my own voice of Love – a voice that, for me, must be used throughout my story – and that it is the instrumentality of life’s resonance for me. I also thought about how being aware and connected to my voice brings significance to life’s events while allowing all interpretation to be influenced by the tenor of this voice. This brought me back to the threat and more questions.
Could it be that “why” is a threat when there is an absence of meaning in the presence of a particular probing question? Is there more threat for the person asking the question or for the person being asked? Is the person being asked feeling devalued by an answer that lacks meaning? Is the questioner afraid of the possible flow of story that may come with an answer of meaning?
A listener who is comfortable with the “why” question is open to the unfolding. Hopefully it is not too great a leap when I propose that my Desire & Intent question to leaders is really a “why” question in disguise. While I technically ask about “what” is desired and intended for those led and influenced, it could be said what I am really asking is, “Why are you really in leadership?” Maybe I am executing a sneak attack on meaning. Maybe my fascination with Desire & Intent is an expression of meaning as I passionately apply my voice in living out my mission. And my question to an individual leader is a fosterage toward meaning.
From experience I have no doubt the leader’s voice resonates in the statement of their Desire & Intent; and that its expression is a platform for meaning in the leader’s story. Desire & Intent is a commitment.