She cannot lose. For months, this leader has experienced a flow of ease, a state that is spiritual and freeing. She doesn’t need to strive to do anything and yet all the best happens around her; exactly as it should, with ease. Although her hours at work are long, she doesn’t suffer, nor does her family in her absence. The time she spends with them is joyous and fulfilling.
She is in a state of grace.
I see it sometimes; grace bestowed on a leader who is following the path that is true and just. With a deep intention to follow the values that are key to staying on the right path, it all fits together and grace happens in its own time. Impatience, anxiety and striving do not exist for this leader, at this time.
This leader lives by the golden rule, treating each person around her as a unique human. Forgiving their mistakes, thanking them for their hard work, including them, making sure they are always learning and – by the way – paying them well. She doesn’t do these things with the expectation of receiving something back. But she receives a surprise – the flow of grace, and business results that follow grace.
Have you experienced grace in your leadership?
Many of us have experienced it at some point. Although being in a state of grace has religious undertones, I think of it as inclusive of that (if that has meaning for you), yet broader. It is a spiritual experience; in a way that goes beyond our personal religious views and has meaning in the broadest of sense. It is the opposite of striving.
It happens when we are truly leading:
- When we balance our need to control with the marvel of letting go
- When we listen with heart and soul
- When we do the right thing, no matter the consequences
- When we are grateful for the gifts bestowed upon us
- When we lead with integrity, bringing our true selves and our core values to the workplace
- When we care for ourselves first and then care for others with our best self
I cannot describe what grace is very succinctly. But I know it when I see it and feel it. Perhaps you do too.
How have you experienced grace in your leadership? What are you doing that perpetuates it?