We needed three volunteers to create a celebratory event for all of us, one that was to be informative, interactive, creative, and fun. Minutes have gone by with no volunteers. Then more minutes. There's been some nervous foot shuffling, doodling, staring at one's shoes or out the window, jokingly pointing to others as likely candidates. But no volunteers. And then the silence settled in with an air of permanence. Finally a hand was raised. A volunteer. But this was the least likely volunteer. A senior military officer who over the past days had shown little interest or talent for "creative, fun, interactive" events. Yet there he was volunteering. And then another hand was raised. And then another. And we had our team.
So what is self-in-system leadership? Clearly, it's not about doing what is easy or natural or comfortably within our "skill set". It's not even about being your authentic self. System Power is about doing what the system needs to have done. It's about accepting your centrality to the success of the system; and it's about having the courage to act. That's our intention in the Power Lab: to help you develop your self-in-system leadership.