Within the leadership session at the NSLC thus far, the overarching theme has been that we’re all different… sometimes in very unique and complex ways. Each of us operates unconsciously from specific personality styles and conflict styles (just part of our “story”), which sometimes works well in relation to others and in other times, creates difficulties for us (and them). In a leadership context, it is best to loose the habit of defining oneself in limiting terms… “I can be aggressive because I’m a Lion (or Peacock)” or “As an Owl (or Koala), I’m better at observing than participating.” These statements might be true when you look to the past, but to create your vision for the future, you must be willing to redefine yourself in terms that might have historically been untrue or uncomfortable for you. Leadership always begins with creating and recreating a VISION, including the vision you have for yourself… who you wish to be in the world (or any relationship), how you wish to grow and expand, what qualities you want to incorporate into your life. Leadership is a constant willingness towards awareness and practice. Keep practicing.
– Jay Caputo, NSLC Leadership Facilitator