I’m jealous of my friends and family who say they have an inner voice. I have whole committees in my head, populated by a mix of smart, fearful, wise, and whiny perspectives! The view into my inner thoughts and feelings is complicated.
My observation is that we might say “I’m doing great!” or “Fine!” when people ask how we’re doing, but the reality is that inwardly we’re a complicated set of Fine and Not Great. This is why many successful people rely on meditation and mindfulness approaches to calm the inner noise.
Today I’m here today to say that it’s OK for leaders to be complicated. Let’s acknowledge our inconsistency and work with it, rather than waste time acting as if it’s not real.
My employer is a large multinational corporation. Someone recently wrote to ask how I was doing, and here is how I responded (with a few edits to protect some privacy): [Read more…] about It’s OK to Be Complicated