"Trust your intuition, it is just like going fishing." -Paul Simon
The Renaissance Leader in The Conceptual Age:
In the worst of times might be the best of times for the Renaissance Leader (RL). You might ask: "Who is the Renaissance Leader? What distinguishes her/him from other leaders? How do I know if I am such a leader?"
Without going into the controversial subject of the Renaissance, I will focus on the aspect of one of the major themes during the time of the Renaissance era between the 14th and late 17th Century mainly: the emphasis on human individuality and expression; a time of rebirth and revival.
This is the worst of times and the best of times for within each problem there are opportunities to excel beyond current success or disaster. The Renaissance Leader to me is the one who steps outside the container of what he/she already knows recognizing there is another way. She/he has an insatiable curiosity to see beyond the boundaries of what is to what can be created to solve what is being questioned. The Renaissance Leader wants to make a difference.
However the Renaissance Leader has his/her hurdles to overcome in reinventing and transforming the way things are to a bigger vision. I don't know of anyone who doesn't have inner critics which are relentless in spewing out negative thoughts to convince you to stay put. "Don't rock the boat or you may drown", is a mantra of the mental gremlins. Even though you may be drowning in fear, doubt, and uncertainty gremlins are telling you it can be worst. Maybe it can be worst and maybe it can be better. There is always another way and sometimes it does get worse before it gets better, but living in fear attracts more of the same. The answer is in your unique individuality to train as a creative leader who can self-correct and self-generate.
The Conceptual Age, which Daniel Pink in his book "A Whole New Mind" predicts we have moved into from the Information Age. This is the perfect age for the Renaissance Leader who does not lead routinely, but innovatively. You can be part of the global rebirth by growing in your Renaissance development and next time I'll give you some tips on how to do that.
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