Allison McClintick
Mon, August 19, 2013
Part the Curtain
I often tell people that leadership is an actual science, just like any other area of study. I stress this fact so that the individuals that I work with (and everyone else for that matter) understand how important it is to respect the study of leadership as a discipline that requires intentional learning and study, because this is how you evolve into the role, the action, and the mindset. 

The study of leadership is a deep dive, really. There are so many facets of leadership to consider, it will literally occupy me my entire life and though, as a practioner, speaker and author, I tend to focus on the organizational outcomes of effective, positive leadership, the true magic, is what this kind of study does for the individual and for the collective. 

I read something beautiful today that inspired me to think about why I have gone so far to achieve formal education, certification, and training in this seemingly ambiguous industry; here it is: 

"My continuing passion is to part a curtain, that invisible shadow that falls between people, the veil of indifference to each other's presence, each other's wonder,  each other's human plight." -Eudora Welty. 

Very loosely defined, leadership is about influencing people, a definition that serves as an "umbrella" statement with thousands of veins coursing through it. One of those veins being the power in discovering who other people really are, how we are all connected and bringing together the energy of connectedness between people to do something as a group that is much more empowered and powerful than anything we could accomplish alone. 

We tend to overcomplicate, well... just about everything at some point or another. Though leadership is a science, there are moments when we need to remember that first and foremost, this action is about human beings. It is about the passion, purpose and effort of individuals who yearn to generate an impact on their world in some form or another; it is the job of the leader in all of us, to find out how to first capture our own impact and then support others in realizing theirs. 

Everything we do, think, and feel impacts others around us. There can be no "indifference to each other's presence" because we are not indifferent to it - it shapes our experience. Think of the fluidity and creation of our lives individually and collectively if we were to truly embrace it. 

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