17 Jul Faith and Perseverance
The two sides of the coin of leadership
When we start out in business or if we’re new leading a team we know we’re going to need perseverance. We know about setting examples, keeping the standards, managing upwards sideways and down, failing fast, hustling, the long nights doing what it takes, and how to keep driving for results.
In fact we’re taught from an early age to work hard to achieve goals. And it’s where we access and use our masculine energy (regardless of gender).
But if just pushing through is the only approach we have, we’ll get tired and hollow, lose sight of our ‘why’ and end up just going through the motions. We need to balance our energy and bring in some of the feminine.
‘How do you know it’s going to work out?’
I get asked that a lot.
And truly I don’t know know. But I choose to embrace a knowingness ie I have faith.
I have faith because I know I don’t have all the answers, that’s why I learn from and use experts in their fields. I have faith because many many people have gone before me and I can choose to model their approach. I have faith because I choose not to beat myself up if things go wrong and instead change my actions. I have faith because I like believing in myself and connecting to what I know will make a difference.
Now I don’t know for certain that any of these things will work, but faith keeps me in a place of trust rather than fear, and means I bring in the feminine which helps me make better decisions.
But imagine if all I had was faith, and I sat on my couch all day trusting it would all work out. Or I kept doing the same thing over and over even if it didn’t get a result because I had faith it would somehow change. Or maybe if I sit and wait long enough, something or someone is going to come along and fix everything for me. If I put it out to the universe but don’t follow through with any action….
This is when faith is valued way above perseverance, and more masculine energy needs to be bought in.
So have a think about your leadership style, be it in running a business or leading in an organisation. Do you balance out your energies between faith and perseverance? And which do you lean on in times of crisis and how does that impact your behaviours and your results?
For me Perseverance keep me turning up, but it’s Faith keeps me going.