Each of us is on our own journey in this life. Whether you want to call it self-fulfillment, personal development or just celebrating the joys and surviving the challenges of life, we are on a unique path.
Not long ago I learned that the further you are in the ladder of self-discovery, the better able you are to handle contrasts. What I mean is that we move away from seeing a situation in black or white and we become better at understanding that it can actually be both. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review applied this concept to corporate leadership. The authors discuss the three parts of having a paradoxical mindset –
- Move from well-intentioned consistency to consistent inconsistency
- Move from scarce resources to abundant resources
- Move from stability and certainty to dynamism and change
This is another great example of how leadership is shifting and it’s an exciting time.
But even if you aren’t leading a Fortune 500 company, I think this is a concept worth thinking about. Ask yourself the following questions -
- What parts of myself are at odds with each other?
- How can I embrace the paradox and be okay with it? What’s the gift in that dynamic?
- What might I discover or achieve if I allow both sides of myself to flourish?