Quiet Leadership: Strength Through Connection

This is my fourth iteration of language around Quiet Leadership, as i find my vocabulary and metaphors to shape this work. It’s an exploration of how individuals act within systems, and the ways that we find strength by making, and supporting, connection.

I am using four elements to create the reflective structure: ‘Humility’, ‘Kindness’, ‘Fairness’ and ‘Grace’. In this version i am aligning it to the lifecycle of the oak tree (i’m using trees as it relates to my broader work around the organisation as an ecosystem, and the ways that biological ecosystems exist in a delicate balance).

Humility is about looking inwards, to consider where we start the journey. Kindness is about how we nourish others. Fairness is about how, as we find power, use it to shelter and shield, or exploit and control, and ‘Grace’ is about the execution of growth, through loss, and the recognition of how we impact others within the system.

Much like the work on ‘Social Leadership – Power and Potential’, which i shared recently, i will use question structures as the foundation for reflection here. I will also structure the programme to include both personal reflection, and group conversations.

I’m enjoying drawing, and exploring, the imagery around this, and am closer to finding my voice with it. Subsequently i will build out the work on the forest of Social Leadership further, but for now i want to carry this work into practice with a group, which i hope to do before Christmas.

About julianstodd

Author and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the Social Age. I’ve written ten books, and over 2,000 articles, and still learning...
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