The work of our lives is to produce new meaning each day. Not only for ourselves, but for others. Leaders are story writers.
While I worked with pioneers in leadership development, I found that everyone was a leader in waiting, making meaning of each moment. Each one was carrying an inner myth of potential greatness.
What I discovered was that by honoring the inner mythology others, I was able to reconsider my own leadership as a part of a greater whole. This did not discount my own leadership and authenticity, but rather made it real and relevant.
The work of becoming a leader among leaders is the work we must do in these days. This involves being clearer about who we each are and what gifts we are bringing to the changing world.
This work is best done in concert with others, to keep us humble. Our inner myth may have us on a white horse, but in the eyes of others we may appear a little dusty and walking on small pathways to unknown destinations. I have found that the gift of communication and telling the inner narrative in appropriate ways can create empowering connections all around.
Leaders share themselves so that others may know them. Leaders communicate so that others know that they are interested in creating relationships. Shared leadership invites the emergence of shared narratives and new stories.
Tell your story to someone today and listen to theirs. Then find out where your stories blend and compliment. By doing so, you may be rewriting your stories to fit each other, or providing relevance to each other.