Pathways and Permission

Here is a great quote from a friend of mine, who is quite a leader.

The most powerful kind of leadership is to offer people pathways and permissions to do things they want to do but feel unable to do for themselves.  That sort of leadership evokes energies within people that far exceed the powers of coercion. Parker Palmer

For me, this is the kind of leadership mindset that will be most powerful and fruitful in the emerging world. Collaborative, facilitative, developmental, adding value to others, a sort of John the Baptist role of preparing the way for others to advance...

I have been blessed by having others in this role for me. I have been committed to doing this for others as well.

This week, be sure to offer SOMEONE, ANYONE, a pathway and permission to do something they want to, but don't feel they can do or are allowed to do.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International
BrianRice@lcileaders.org