Leadership of self – what’s your sacred dance?
I read something the other day that invited us to move beyond the ‘survival dance’ to the ‘sacred dance’ and I find this a very simple yet profound expression of what is required from leaders today.
We are probably all very familiar with the ritual of the survival dance. We move, usually quickly, in perpetual zig zag motions as we juggle the many priorities and pressures that are ‘heaped’ upon us or which we take upon ourselves. We navigate the day leaping from one thing to another and then perhaps on our way home (if we are lucky and not swamped by more emails) we get to sigh a deep breath of relief as we realise we have survived another day…
That may all seem a bit dramatic and for sure many enjoy the adrenalin of that type of leadership but I suspect that for many leaders in today’s world that’s not how they want it to be or how they want to feel. So what about the idea of a ‘sacred dance’ as an alternative to the survival dance?
To my mind this is about our ability to find our centre – that place within us which acts a guiding compass or place of equilibrium to which we can return. In fact I had an image of a gyroscope in my meditation the other day and I think it’s something like that – being able to find your own ‘true North’ no matter which direction you are travelling in.
That ‘true North’ is a combination of things – a deep sense of personal purpose, a profound sense of self trust and trust of others and the skills and abilities to make strong connections with others through powerful relationships and really effective communication. These ingredients will, I believe, take us a long way toward finding our sacred dance.