Fierce is a word which gets bad press. Look it up in any dictionary and you’ll get meanings like violently aggressive or frightening, unpleasantly strong or intense.
Yet ‘fierce’ is the heart of passion and, without fierce leadership, inner or outer, you cannot do the not do-able, you cannot speak the unspeakable… and that’s no leadership at all.
Correction! Without fierceness, I cannot do the not do-able. I cannot speak the unspeakable.
And my heart screeches to break free. I’m a maverick for god’s sake! I always have been… yet there are times when I truss myself up for fear of not being acceptable, of being ‘too much’. And so might you.
In leadership, being ‘too much’ is exactly what’s required sometimes. What would the human race have missed through the absence of Galileo, Einstein, Edith Sitwell and Rosa Parks. And if you don’t know who those women were, go look them up. They also carried fierceness in their breasts… as do you and I.
At other times in leadership, being ‘too much’ could be inappropriate and destuctive… but you and I betray ourselves if we use that fear to gag and disempower our self. There is a truth in it so far as anything can be used for good or evil… but it’s not the truth.
Sometimes, I get told it is the truth, that I am ‘too much’, by people who don’t want to hear my challenges. No surprise… because I’m not here to be quiet. I’m not here to let you get away with the small version of you with which you can fool yourself. Just as I’m not willing to accept my own self-deception.
To pay you the respect you deserve, I first have to do that for myself!
So, if you don’t want to work deeply and at a pace, don’t work with me. Find a different kind of facilitator because…
Both in the gentleness of support and love in which I’ll hold you and in my unwillingness to collude with your small self… my unwillingness to collude with the internal gremlins which trick you, the trances into which you fall asleep and the stories you weave to keep yourself there. All of which is but a loving echo of my unwillingness to collude with my own.
Tears are flowing through my eyes now as I type BE FIERCE!… I’m passionate for you to be a fierce leader for yourself and others! To be that kind of a leader in a world needing you and I to step up, speak out and take action.
Three essential steps…
1. Absolutely take on board that you have the potential to do harm as well as good with fierce leadership.
2. Sharpen the senses and skills of your discernment so as to be able to distinguish the quality of your action for good rather than harm.
3. Regularly sit in that ‘dynamo of silence‘ I wrote of in my last ezine. That dynamo of silence which fuels and inspires your discernment and your leadership.
Then, go be a fierce leader. Go do fierce leadership. And embody it boisterously or gently… however you choose!