Susan is a leader with whom I worked, and subsequently wrote about, two years prior. Since our initial work she found her role expanding in a direction seemingly counter to her deeper purpose. She was thrown off-balance in her stand.
I am privileged to once again become engaged in Susan’s Work of Trueness. In a wise move she has consciously placed her leadership journey into transition. While we have only begun our work together in this transitional journey, I’m convinced of this: The important questions, and true answers, are right in the middle where Susan stands—in her Trueness.
Coach Judy (my Coach) calls it your Why it Matters. This energy is definitely the source of A New Confidence. What’s new about such confidence is its demand to hold together assurance and action; and to hold in a place, as Susan calls it, Being Genuine.
Then, as now, Susan has a deep commitment to her Trueness as a leader. And from this stand is the embedding of her commitment to the balance and harmony of those she leads, influences, and serves.
The root cause of her own imbalance was the feeling she could do nothing about the perceived imbalance of the individuals on her team.
So, why does balance/harmony matter to Susan?
Of course this is a question (one of many) she will have to answer for herself. And as my role is to assist her in doing so, I will speculate specifically.
I believe it matters because it first indeed does matter to her. Instead of pushing this belief in balance/harmony out on others, she has rather consciously decided it is more important to listen.
And why does listening matter to Susan?
It matters because she knows what listening can bring forth. Two years ago, as part of a development strategy, she said:
I take interest in the work of others to encourage the interest that gives energy for the work and supports the confidence of the individual in the work.
And this, my fellow Encourager, is A New Confidence.