A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to work with a group of leaders. At one point in the day we arrived at a fork in the road.
Path A: Ignore the elephant in the room and continue to pretend that everything was “fine,” even though everyone knew it was not!
Path B: Own the truth about themselves and each other and speak it directly and without blame. Not from a place of anger but from a place of ownership, responsibility, and intention.
They chose path B, and I have to admit there were some very intense moments as we worked through the process. There was hesitation, fear, doubt, and all the things that normally prevent people from speaking their truth.
And when it was done …
There was relief, a lightness, a sense that a 100 lb weights had been lifted off of their chests … in a word … freedom.
No hiding, no pretending, just the truth.
So many time we are afraid to speak the truth, we fear the worst, because we fear loss of some kind. And yet time and time again when leaders are courageous and speak the truth from a loving place and not a place of fear … amazing things happen.
Teams become closer, walls come down, leaders get clarity about themselves and their colleagues.
Maybe that John guy was right, “you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.”
So what about you … need a little more freedom in your life?