Shifting the roadblocks of belief
One of the privileges of working in organisation and leader development is seeing a spark land and a new flame of understanding and insight flare in an individual or team. One of the downsides of this privileged role is the constant reminder it brings of that old adage ‘physician heal thyself’.
Really this applies to all of us as leaders doesn’t it? Isn’t part of our responsibility to reflect on how well we’re doing personally against the criteria we set for others? I’m not talking about being able to do everyone’s job as well as they can. Rather it’s about ensuring we’re doing everything we can to maximise our inner power – those unique human qualities that make a real difference to how we show up and the positive (or otherwise) impact we have on others and the world.
Working with a group recently the subject of beliefs was part of the discussion and the extent to which we are aware of, talk about and examine our beliefs and do the work where they’re getting in the way.
The thing about beliefs is that, for many of us, they sit there, well below our water line, out of sight and most often mind yet subtly influence how we see and interact with the world.
Some of those beliefs are likely helpful to our progress and the quality of relationships we form. Others may be less so, holding us back…making us fearful of exploring new situations, different perspectives and experiences, limiting potential.
The discussion was a timely reminder to redouble our efforts during our regular reflection on how we’re doing, to ensure that we explore the underlying belief in the situations that went well, as well as those that didn’t. We can be sure that something informed our behaviour.
Adding exploration of beliefs into the reflective mix, if it isn’t our practice already, will start to identify patterns and those underlying beliefs that are, quite simply, roadblocks to progress and making an even bigger difference.
And when we’re clear what unhelpful impact they’re having we can do the valuable work of reframing and transforming in service of those we lead (including ourselves).