In my book, Wading the Stream of Awareness, my wife’s favorite chapter is the last, entitled simply – Love. I began that chapter with, and structured it around, a poem I wrote.
To my leader:
I need you to be you
Afraid I’m not of who you really are
I’m only afraid if you cannot be you.
I’m ready to give all of me
to the direction of your guidance
But only in the confidence of your courage,
the courage of your confidence.
Show it to me, live it, speak it
this passion from your confidence
this love for who you are.
For when I know of its presence
I will know I am loved
I will be fearless in being me.
As a leader, the secret to engaging others is to be a model of engagement; to be someone who understands your own purpose and one who is conscious of the respective unfolding story. Storytelling is artful narrative applied to bring us together as a result of our individualized interpretation as story listeners.
Purpose gives direction. As a model, you make choices in light of your authenticity. Confident and empowered in your own purpose, you create the space where individual stories recognize collective harmony. Love is applied in this connection.
Through story, you assist me in seeing the future in our present commitments and actions. You are loving when leading with confidence while leading me to my confidence in my own story. The demand for 21st Century impact can only be met through the aware, focused, and loving leader.