Leadership development really isnt just about job performance. At the heart of leadership is personal and professional growth. They are not separated; they are inextricably linked. We are whole beings, with a spirit, emotions, an intellect/mind and a physical body. It is this tendency to artificially separate and compartmentalize ourselves that has led many professionals to a state of chronic insecurity, fear and feeling unfulfilled and separate from others and life itself.
Where does this tendency come from? To simplify it, it begins in the mind, specifically within our left-brain in general. Some of the functions of the left-brain include bringing the qualities of individualism/feeling separate, linear, logical, step-by-step thinking, a focus on physical survival and a need for predictability. Unto themselves these are useful qualities. It becomes a problem, however, when it is unbalanced and over depended upon.
Our right-brain has qualities to balance and to expand our capabilities. Its qualities include the ability to navigate the unknown, the novel, to trust intuition and gut instinct. It is more adaptable to managing feelings and the big picture context. Imagination and comfort with innovation are the domain of the right-brain working in conjunction with the left.
Our brain hemispheres are always connecting, yet the manner in which they function together can be altered with repetition and habit.
Our culture overly focuses on data and facts when in fact, the information is not always correct or contextual information. The quality of the answers we obtain depend upon the quality of the questions we ask. As leaders and professionals who are attempting to innovate and problem solve, if we are overly dependent upon our left-brain logic we will not ask appropriate, insightful questions. Leaders often do not perceive ideas and solutions that are viable and next level because we too often only look for what we already, know. We assume we are always right and we dont tap our right-brain imagination to access new creativity and inspiration from our heart.
Effective leadership requires vision and the ability to courageously pursue the most efficient path and highest good for the whole. When we are too narrow in our focus and mis-direct our attention on worry or what happened in the past or what we feel comfortable with instead of what is best, it will limit our success and opportunities. It will lead to increased stress and an inability to develop mental agility and adaptability. What we really need in order to change out thinking and tap our genius is Science with Soul to engage our mind with our heart so that we can lead the way to our own and others greater potential.
I believe this (intellect leaving out the heart) is the biggest challenge we face in attempting to change our thinking to improve our lives and it is my mission to guide and support others to free their own mindits Science with Soul.
This ability to engage our mind with our heart will improve not only the quality of our leadership but also, the quality of our lives and prosperity in general. When the mind and heart are collaborating respectfully on the same page, we can achieve our goals and dreams with less struggle and more ease. We can expand our vision – literally. An over use of the left-brain without balance can literally constrict the field of our vision of our natural physical eyes. We miss opportunities for growth and expansion because we create blindspots block our vision and keep us from seeing solutions and connections with others in ways that could benefit all concerned. Our heart is a source of courage to overcome fear, empathy to connect with others and gain clarity and wisdom about team dynamics and office politics.
We will be more confidence and have higher levels of self-worth when we are able to overcome our fears and feel comfortable with who we are more purposefully designed to be. Comparing ourselves to others is a trap of the left-brain that is fueling feelings that are competitive and insecure, overly focused on ‘survival of the fittest’ lack mentality.
You can learn how to free your own mind when you learn how to consciously engage and honor the qualities of your right brain. Thoughts and intellect are important and so are feelings and and intuition. It is not an either/or proposition; it is an and/both opportunity if you open your mind and your eyes to begin to see it this way. Mind with Heart is our ‘Ultimate Power Couple’. Do you have thoughts, questions or comments? I’d like to hear them.