With everything going on, I’ve been fairly morose, but haven’t told anyone. I lead my team like nothing’s wrong and always have the biggest smile in the room. I think if I told them, they would be uninspired, but I don’t want to lie either. How can I balance these needs?
– Renee C.
It comes down to something simple: the truth matters, and the truth always prevails. They want you to be strong for them, and to follow your guidance, but they want the truth of who you are so they can be present. In a recent survey of Millennials on what they consider the most important traits in a boss or leader, they said a good manager is motivational, understanding, and honest. You don’t have to sugar-coat things, Gen Y is about keeping it real. If you aren’t fully present, they can’t be, either. And if they can’t be, then the whole organization, whether large or small, is not going to meet the challenges of these times: to thrive in the new Longevity Economy, much less in these VUCA times.
These times are forcing us to look at our lives and what matters, so we must focus on getting rid of outside (and inside) chatter, and take enough time – for balance and wellness – to allow ourselves some stillness. If you can hold your center and come back and be coHERent, you can get through pretty much everything.
What’s exciting right now is how much innovation is going on in so many fields of healthcare, longevity, wellness. It’s mind-boggling how much we can do, especially when it’s for the good of all. If we come together, we can do incredible things – when we need them the most.