We have all bumped up against human nature. Despite our sincere desire to have a positive impact on the world around us, we have all experienced disagreements, differences of opinions and disappointments, which in turn lead to frustrations, doubt, mistrust and stuck-ness in our situations or relationships.
Since 2004, in my role as a leadership strategist, I have been honoured to work with thousands of different people. I have found that most, like me, strive for three goals:
- To leave a place better than they found it
- To leave people feeling better for having worked together
- To engage in collaboration with an emphasis on trust, honour and integrity
More and more, I am meeting people who aspire to this intention. To me, that means a ‘hope for better’ is spreading. We can continue to have a meaningful impact by simply interacting with the above-mentioned intended goals. We need to speak, listen and act meaningfully.
Some variation of the 3 value goals above can be achieved even in the most confrontational of situations, but it does require an attitude shift. Instead of dwelling on the confrontational aspects of a situation, we need to stay focused on a conscious way of leading.