We have a good friend in America who spends most of her communication apologising for Donald Trump. The mind boggles at the thought of his popularity on one hand but on the other it seems that we all need a mega shake up. We need something that will get us out of the status quo and move us into a time of true leadership, in order to find meaningful solutions to the issues we all face.
This week has been budget time for the UK government. Once again hours were spent discussing small steps of taking more money and giving more money but all based on a future that seems to be removed from reality or, as my mum says, ‘wishful thinking’. Yes, there were good points and bad but in terms of moving forward, at best the progress could be described as glacial (and even glaciers have started moving faster!)
To me it feels like we are being asked to move to a time of renaissance – a whole new beginning. Maybe we need this really poor level of leadership to get us all frustrated enough so we finally focus our power in breaking out of this mould created from fear and inequality.
Leadership is in short supply and so people will grasp at any straw, even Donald Trump, but that is our issue and not his. We seem to have leaders who describe a very simple world of right and wrong, of winning and losing, of fighting and running; a world of entrenched positions without integration and often without hope; a world of President Assad, Kim Jong-un, Robert Mugabe, just to mention a few.
True leadership is about moving to the centre of the wheel, of taking responsibility, being irresistible with integrity, being in service and giving your gifts. It is not a role or a ‘have to’, it is just being willing to give our gifts without being in sacrifice.
The renaissance will come and we do believe we can all contribute to that time by embracing our own leadership. That starts with giving up our victim stories and being aware of times when we are the victimiser. For us this is the time to have courage; issues will pile up before us but we need to keep the goal in sight. It is not for us to complain about the lack of leadership but for each of us to look at where we are not embracing our own.
And it starts close to home, with our families, friends and work colleagues. Who around you could really do with your help this week? What situation have you been tolerating or even complaining about that you could bring a solution to?