And the Truth Shall…
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 accountability, ownership, responsibility, and intention.
The Road less Traveled
Sometimes in life you have to take the harder path, the path that is difficult…the road less traveled!
They chose the more difficult path, they chose path B and what unfolded next was nothing short of extraordinary.
I have to admit there were some very intense moments as we worked through the process. There was hesitation, fear, doubt, tentativeness, and all the things that normally prevent people from speaking their truth because they fear the worst possible outcome.
And when it was done…
There was relief, a lightness, as if a 1000lb. weight was lifted off each of their chests so they could breathe more freely. Yes, they were all breathing in the freedom of not being tethered to hidden anger, fear and doubt that was preventing them from being an authentic team.
No more hiding, no more pretending, just the plain simple truth.
Set You Free…
So many time we are afraid to speak the truth, we fear the worst, because we fear a loss of some kind. And yet, time and 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, and 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?
Do you need a little more freedom in your life?
It just might be time to take the road less traveled.
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