Day 9- January 9,2013
“Make something with your breakfast before you eat it.” – from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal, by Noah Scalin
My breakfast this morning was a strawberry protein shake containing much of the nourishment I would need for the day in the form of vitamins and minerals. There it was…all in one neat little packet. Add water and stir. One thing providing most of what I needed to be healthy….hardly a shared leadership model. Shared leadership allows individuals to gather around a central mission or focus using their distinct talents, skills, and giftedness. The burden of leading is shared and all benefit from the giving and receiving from one another. As I poured the bland pink powder out of its package onto my pancake griddle (it was what was handy) the mound it formed was like a barren mini-mountain. How often have I felt myself in the wilderness plodding uphill, not because of giftedness, knowledge, or passion, but out of a sense of duty and responsibility as a leader? So I reached for a nearby petaled cookie cutter and with all the joy of a child playing in mud I slammed it down on my little mountain. I could not have guessed the result would be what I saw when I picked it up again. The form left in my flattened pile of protein shake was a beautiful model of shared leadership…surrounding a mission middle were six unique petals with characteristics and beauty of their own. Each joined by the central mission stretched out in their own way to create a beautiful whole. …This morning I was fed and nourished to grow into a new possibility of shared leadership.