Jan 4, 2019
MBL Minute: Character Patterns And Leadership In Crisis
Character is developed over time by the habits we practice and engrave into our unconscious mind. This is called automaticity. It is the ability to do things without occupying the mind with the low-level details required, allowing it to become an automatic response pattern or habit. The deliberate creation of conflict, chaos and drama for the purpose of manipulating others reflects a character lacking in authenticity and emotional intelligence. An organization’s executives must lead the change process. Especially when it involves changes or disruption to the patterns that they have grown accustom.
Our institutions have proven incapable of providing the safety and inspirational leadership many of us seek. We have a mistaken perception of power as external, something that needed to be acquired and controlled. Authentic leadership requires a lifelong commitment to the practice of ongoing emotional labor. Transcending our ego is the key to ending the drama, chaos and conflict we see everywhere. The inherent dysfunction ego creates causes suffering to ourselves and others. We cannot fight against ego and win, just as we cannot fight against our own darkness.
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