Launched on #InternationalWomensDay
This is the first of a series of 7 weekly posts- stand by on Wednesdays at 4.30 pm for each subsequent edition.
The 7 Habits of Hope Based Leadership reflect my emerging thinking about how the presence of active, combative hopefulness can serve as a force for change and progress. Not all change is good, but we need to be resilient in the face of change no matter its complexion.
We all knowledge that hope is a critical factor in resilience. However, there are times when our instinct toward hopefulness is challenged by events, which may push us into retreat. Retreats can be affirmative, a time to reflect and enrich ourselves ahead of the triumphs to come; and no triumph comes without a struggle. That is how I am seeing it anyway.
Hope makes us active, combative, open-eyed and sure footed even over rough, unpredictable terrain. My hopes are for greater equality, diversity, removal of poverty, universal access to education, healthcare and asylum. Just to mention the basics!
My inspiration has been drawn from the work of Rebecca Solnit whose book 'Hope In the Dark' reignited my desire to engage in social activism.
These posts and the challenges are as much for me as for others who are moved by events to test their strength in the current battle for the best of humanity to be reflected in our daily actions, interactions and through our network of influence; personal, local and global. I want to become stronger in self-leadership in line with the mantras:
"To lead others effectively, first learn to lead yourself"
" To lead change effectively, first open up to change in yourself."
Hope Based Self-Leaders Habit No. 1
I am an impulsive creature and sometimes act without thinking through the cost or the consequences. My pledge to myself, in order to lead myself more effectively, is to test the ground more before leaping. Connect with the terrain in advance of committing myself to action. During the three decades stretch from the miners' strike to the break-up of the former Soviet Union I was a committed political activist. One of those who would have been described as being on the 'loony left'. I smile as I recall the demonstrations, vigils, public meetings I both attended and organised. I entered the 2000s disillusioned by politics, mainstream and fringe.
I am looking around now for a fresh way of becoming involved that will heal the disassociation I have experienced since leaving 'active service'. My passion for the cause of creating a 'better' society has not diminished but I am uncertain as to how and where to align myself with integrity. None of the political parties will answer to that.
Another area in which I feel the gap between my dreams and current reality is in relation to building my coaching practice as a viable business. How does one promote oneself with integrity, reach out for new clients without compromising one's values? Becoming a business women has created this discomfort for me, but writing and blogging, reaching out and sharing, helps to soothe much of that discomfort. I find like-minded people gravitate toward and want to work with me. I get positive reinforcement and affirmation. But where do I go for challenge and constructively critical engagement? There is real danger in being surrounded only by those who agree with you and reflect back to you the world as you see it.
So I continue to make my stand through the words I write, invite critical engagement through the relationships I form and check alignment with the ethics I live and work by. Something good will come of that! My hopes remain strong.
#HopeInAction2017 Self-Leadership Challenge No 1
What will you dare to reach for this year that you believe in and thirst for and which will challenge you to retain clarity of vision in the midst of complexity?
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