There are times when we have all stumbled into darkness. Times physically when the power has gone out, or times emotionally when we find ourselves in a position where we are unable to see the future in front of us. Our natural reaction whenever we face darkness is to cease all movement and to survey the scene around us. We are hopeful that something will alert us to the truth around us, a truth regarding what exists in front of me, a truth letting us know who else is in the darkness with us.
Author Anais Nin has said that “we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” The truth around us is so littered with our own subjective opinions that it is impossible for us to not view truth through a personal lens when darkness comes. The surroundings around us have not changed, but we have lost our ability to see things as they are. So we assume our own truth, proceed into the darkness, and even ask others to blindly follow us. We stumble along the way and hope we can prevent them from seeing the mistakes we have made.
Often times we resort to defining truth by “I think, I feel”. What if instead of defining truth by this reasoning, we begin to realize that truth exists outside of ourselves. Truth is not something we can define on our own, or make true because I want so badly to make it reality. Truth is something that exists on it’s own, and collectively, we define together based on our own true experiences and perspectives.
What if the next time you are in darkness as a leader, you begin to share with others how you are seeing things, but also allow them to speak and share their perspective? How much more willing would those around you follow you? How much more definition would you have to the uncertainty that surrounds you – all because you allowed others the chance to speak into the truth that also exists outside of them?
As leaders we are called to lean into the uncertainty, and to take into account those who are sharing in this journey with us. Take the time to listen to those around you and watch how much more closely they follow, trust, and believe you. You will have a fuller knowledge of your surroundings, and will be able to lead others towards your collective preferred future.