Sharing the Load

One strategy I didn’t reference in my post about discomfort was Talking about it.” A natural progression of my first suggestion (“Understand the discomfort”) is to share that understanding and in so doing, lighten the burdens that come with knowledge.

I have mentioned this idea of sharing out in the past and in fact as a part of leadership strategies.

Hoarding in that instance was about job security and a wrongly held belief that your unique knowledge is what makes you valuable, but Encanto has now taught an entire generation that they are valuable in themselves, instead of solely in their gifts.

So we can and should talk through things as a strategy for pushing through discomfort; the idea isn’t about institutionalizing personal connection, but about allow other people to experience your discomfort; listen to, take it from, or guide you; and in any case help you to work through it. Because in the end, asking for help and showing vulnerability are courageous acts of strength and a necessary part of leading, especially in a world where we have resorted to war to hide such qualities.

Posted: March 11, 2022

In 2022, I am participating in two leadership training programs. This should be a social experience, so I am writing about it. Check out the full list of posts in the series here.

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