A Blessing for Leaders

If you are experiencing in your own journey a sense that what got you here will not get you where you need to go, you are not alone.

No one has done before precisely that which you are endeavoring to do today. Every human endeavor, including your unique company or organization, takes place in its own unique conditions led by its own unique leader.

For a Leader (By John O’Donohue)

May you have the grace and wisdom To act kindly, learning To distinguish between what is Personal and what is not

May you be hospitable to criticism. May you never put yourself at the centre of things. May you act not from arrogance but out of service. May you work on yourself, Building and refining the ways of the mind.

May you learn to cultivate the art of presence In order to engage with those who meet you. When someone fails or disappoints you, May the graciousness with which you engage Be their stairway to renewal and refinement.

May you treasure the gifts of the mind Through reading and creative thinking So that you continue as a servant of the frontier Where the new will draw its enrichment of the old, And you never become a functionary.

May you know the wisdom of deep listening The healing of wholesome words, The encouragement of the appreciative gaze, The decorum of held dignity, The springtime edge of the bleak question.

May you have a mind that loves frontiers So that you can evoke the bright fields That lie beyond the view of the regular eye.

May you have good friends To mirror your blind spots. May leadership be for you A true adventure of growth

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Matt Munson

CEO coach @ sanitylabs.co. Angel investor. Startup founder. Committed to helping leaders feel less alone in the journey.