Discovering Leadership from the Inside
– a Story from the Field
Rachel is a bright executive. She moved swiftly up the corporate
ladder and was given responsibility for a large division in her
company. She relocated and quickly adapted. Yet, for a few months
Rachel continued to struggle. She hadn’t been able to communicate
effectively with a key manager. He’s a talented manager and
she tried a number of approaches but simply couldn’t get through
When we spoke about her struggle it became clear to Rachel that
it was not the manager she was struggling with. It was herself.
“It’s my own internal sense of clarity and direction
that I am having difficulty finding. My ineffectiveness with this
manager is just a by-product. It’s not about him, it’s
The lights turned on for her when she realized this and proceeded
to articulate that what she faced was not ‘doing’ things
differently, rather it was finding a new, more powerful sense of
‘being’. It was not a technique to be found on the outside
– it was a new knowledge of self, inside her, that she was
I challenged Rachel to clarify and reach for the things that were
absolutely essential for – her core values and vision for
herself. She came back with a tremendous sense of self-discovery,
liberation and strength. Rachel then knew that she had released
a powerful essence within herself. She had found a more authentic
voice and the results were thrilling.
In the weeks following her retreat experience, Rachel was cruising
at a different altitude. Her focus and enhanced effectiveness surprised
even her. “It’s as though I have new amperage about
me and there is a kind of grace and joy that accompanies all that
I do. My communication is clearer and more confident. It is not
an act. I have a compelling inner sense of what is important, of
my values and of what I cannot compromise. People respond to me
differently. I was able to find powerful new clarity with the manager
I had struggled with. I haven’t really changed a lot of what
I say; it’s that I am able to come out from a different place.
The conviction and the energy come from the inside and people can’t
help but notice.”
Like Rachel, many executives live a fast-paced life. They live
a life of action with very little time for reflection. They are
so tuned in to outside demands that they no longer hear their personal
intuition from the inside. They spend their time chasing what works
but are disconnected and displaced from what matters. That's why
more and more leading companies have come to the conclusion that
the question is not: Can I afford to send my team on a retreat?
– but rather: Can I afford not to?
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