People always ask me what I do, or what my job title is. I have decided to call myself a Change Leader. My friend Meg helped me come up with it. So, what is a change leader? Here's my take on it:
A change leader is anyone willing and courageous enough to step up and lead in the face of change. This could be at any scale - my inner life, family, work, community, organization, society, even planet! All to often the response to change and uncertainty is to hunker down and do the utmost to not get hurt or involved. Rather than embrace the complexity of the situation, people seek simple answers and look to re-enforce the beliefs, ideologies and ways of behaving that create comfort and safety. It is easier to shut down than open up when the shift hits the fan. It is a vulnerable time!
A change leader takes a different approach, which is a lot more vulnerable (read courageous) and a lot more effective at navigating change in a way that gets the best out of it.
In times of change I reach out and seek to learn and be helpful. I make myself visible and ready to be counted among those who want to be part of change rather than a victim of circumstance. I call and host conversations with people from as many different perspectives and life experiences as possible. The broader the range of people I talk to, the more whole the picture of the situation I can see and therefore the better choices I can make as I move forward.
I have done this enough in my own life and with others in all kinds of context to become a guide now. When change hits, people give me a ring to help guide them through it. It is like calling a Sherpa to take you through trails they have been walking all their lives in the mountains. The landscape of change is familiar me. It is home.
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