Blog Post: Flipping My Lid October 1, 2016 by De Yarrison
In order to get intentional about our leadership presence – how we show up in situations & the tone we want to intentionally cultivate – it’s necessary for us to become familiar with our reactive or automatic thought patterns and behaviors. You know the ones; something happens and I’m thinking this thought and saying these words before I even realize it! No conscious effort at all. That’s reactivity.
And it’s a pretty unintentional way to lead (and live!).
The alternative is responsiveness. To respond to the people or circumstances around me, rather than react to them, requires intention.
Responsiveness is being present and attuned to myself as well as to others. Responsiveness is calm, mindful, and intentional.
These two functions, reactivity and responsiveness, live in completely different parts of our brain. Take a look at this video clip of me talking about this to the women attending a leadership conference for mothers, called MOMCon:”
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