This week we hosted a virtual community gathering to discuss presence as a foundational act of leadership and share practices for practicing purposeful presence in our everyday lives.
You can watch a recording of the full conversation here.
What we are present to influences our choices, our actions, and those around us. When we connect with our personal experience in a given moment, we have an opportunity to choose how we react and make decisions, and can more easily connect with what matters to others. By noticing and naming emotions like fear and anxiety, taking time to accept that this is where we are, we are more available to authentically realign to our individual and collective purpose. As leaders navigate the challenges created by COVID-19, practicing purposeful presence is more important than ever.
Throughout the conversation, Conversant colleagues Roger Henderson, Richard McDonald, and Robin Anselmi shared some practical ways to quickly become present to the quality of our thoughts, our emotions, and our physical experience. With this self-awareness, acknowledging and accepting where we are in these three dimensions, we are then able to ask ourselves, “Is this where I would like to lead from?”
Tune in next Thursday, April 9, for our next gathering: Empathy – it’s not soft, it’s crucial. You can register for that conversation here.
What’s important for you and the people you serve right now? We would love to hear from you.
We will continue to explore this question and many others related to how we stay connected and keep creating value in challenging circumstances. To stay up-to-date, sign up for our newsletter where we will share more resources and reflections over the coming weeks.