Diversity. A leadership dilemma.

Leaders assume important roles at all levels of our society. We rely on them to set the direction, focus the group and prevent things from becoming overwhelming. We expect a great deal of our leaders and often forget that everyone leads based on their own beliefs. And what each of us believes is different based on personal experiences and societal norms.

My reactions are an indicator of the energy tied to my beliefs. We all react. In the reactive state, our energy is not available for productive, creative thought. Change and diversity challenges what we believe to be true. As we move to accept diversity, it creates unease. The societal norms are no longer the same for everyone. But for each of us, our beliefs tell us that we are right, so we don’t need to change. When we are rewarded with promotions and appointments, these beliefs are reinforced. As the leader, vision is to inspire the group but the tendency is to encourage people to conform to our ideas. If there is a significant gap to their set of beliefs this is causes discourse.

Enter Logosynthesis®, which is based on the recognition that our Spirit or energy is meant to flow freely, that our limiting beliefs are frozen energy from past experiences and that words have the power to move this energy. When we are aware of our emotions and beliefs, we can recognize the triggers and use specific words to neutralize our reactions. It may be a difficult concept to grasp because of the emotional strength of our beliefs. Why would we change when we believe we are right? However, think of the profound impact if each of us (especially our leaders) could neutralize our reactions to what happens in the world and focus on creative solutions rather than attacking those who have different beliefs.

Diversity is imperative for growth. Contrasting ideas create change. But it is also uncomfortable and this heightens our reactions to protect what we believe to be true. More than ever, we need our leaders to recognize that they, like the people they lead, are governed by their unique set of beliefs. As they let go of their reactions to these beliefs and recognize the reactions of others, they can create a space to inspire individuals and communities to reduce suffering and find solutions.