Nature Shows Us the Way; We Just Have to Follow Its Lead
"If we remain humble and grounded in nature's wisdom, our mind will guide us safely through the confines of unawareness and the blindness of ignorance." – Erik Pevernagie
Have you noticed how the concepts of leadership extend to all aspects of life? I love exploring the world and what I have come to realize is that a great travel experience requires what I call "Grounded Leadership."
There are scheduling complications, language challenges, and cultural customs to navigate. Those who can't adapt, release expectations or embrace the moment… end up freaking out. But, when you're a grounded leader, you can accept what comes to you.
Grounded leadership is the power to stay calm and measured in your responses. As a result, you remain centered and react without getting flustered or animated.
Things come in, and you respond. "Ok, I can process this, and even if I don't have the answers, I can deal calmly with this situation." So you breathe it in, and you breathe it out.
What I like about grounded leadership is that this is based on the principles of nature. Nature's work gets done. It doesn't have to be managed. It knows when to let go, and it doesn't try to control anything. As the weather changes, it doesn't stress; it simply adapts without a thought.
Here are a few qualities of grounded leaders:
- They are learners, listeners, and optimists. They don't have all the answers, but they know they will find a way forward.
- They see connections and patterns. They seek belonging, and at the same time, they stay open and see under the surface of the situation. This allows them to recognize the patterns and even know when to break patterns if they need to.
- They are also regenerative. Meaning that they can bring things back to life. Re-plenish, Re-invigorate. Re-inspire.
And when everyone else sees a situation that looks terrible, these are the leaders who see how it could be the most incredible opportunity ever – turning it into a beautiful work of art!
This topic is near and dear to my heart because being grounded is one of my superpowers, and I love guiding leaders to develop this ability too.
Any way you look at it, we are travelers on this journey through life, and it can be a joyous adventure, or it can be a hard one. Let's get grounded!