To become a Social Leader is a journey through a landscape, and probably one without end: it is something we strive for, but which constantly changes before us. For example: i have found myself thrashing around over the last few weeks to find my words and response to the current global debate on Social Justice and equality. It’s not that i lack an intent, but rather that i need to find my pathways to take that into action, to develop my vocabulary, to learn, and to do so in a reflective way.
Partly with that in mind, i have dedicated some time this week to building out a short guided, reflective, journey through Social Leadership: it’s intended to take one hour, and is based around sixteen questions. It explores foundations: where we find our power, the limits of that power, and our spaces of potential.
Clearly there is a limit to what you can explore in such a short journey, but in general i have always structured my work around Social Leadership in three areas: the foundations (where you find your power), the ecosystem (where that power is held and executed), and the effect (what you can do with it when you have earned it). This piece sits in the first area, and it’s right that it is short: to explore your foundations is really a reflective practice, to make explicit those things that we assume or are blind to.
I aim to prototype this with a few groups over the following weeks, and refine the details, then will publish it on the blog.