Leadership Dilemmas, Copernicus and Liberation Square - Page 2
Here is the key idea to ponder as we watch and listen to the daily news briefs: we tend to see conflict as opposition rather than as an interactive aspect of change. What if we spent some time really looking at what is being demanded from the movement at hand?
The Copernican shift was a transition from medieval to modern thinking. It caused changes in every level of society and brought to the fore scientific thinking.
What we are experiencing today also appears to be a transformational change, a shift in the basic underlying assumptions of how we live and think. When people in large numbers are motivated to seek a new balance, a new way of being in a society, change becomes an irresistible force.
Leadership during transformational change is tricky. It required helping people be exhilarated by the opportunities of real change and not be fearful of the new. It means giving people the courage to ride the waves of change with skill and value the uncertainty of the moment and not attack out of anxiety nor deny the power of the change that is coming.
As the ancient blessing and curse says “May we live in interesting times”, for they are upon us.