I just finished a workshop lecture and enjoyed returning to those wonderful days of talking and sharing with the people I worked with in all parts of the country. There wasn’t much give and take, but I understand why. The subjects of power, leadership, inner circles, and dialogue are not everyday conversations and are likely never discussed.
I am so taken by these issues that I do not stop learning more when encountering them in the news or conversations. So, being asked to give a brief lecture is my pleasure. How else will this knowledge be disseminated? It is not surprising to me that these subjects are mostly overlooked because it is part of what I have experienced in every corner of our nation. Hearing someone talk about power and leadership as “the problem to the answer” is rare in academia and business.
Searching for answers amongst the general population is futile. Why? Those in power rule, and too few leaders seek enlightenment as they are the problem. This is not what they easily accept. On the other hand, blaming their staff for communication difficulties in the workplace is commonplace.
Enlightened leaders are fearless in taking responsibility for the state of their workplace. If they are, in any way, a cause of issues between staff, they are open to knowing and correcting the problem, including themselves. They are the few leaders who are voluntarily open to viewing themselves as the cause, which they usually are. They are, after all, the creators of the environment that everyone works in. Staff issues are rarely difficult to resolve if dialogue can take place.