Once in a while you get an email so moving and profound that you just have to share.
This message is from my bud Phil Simpson. He says he’s going to expand these thoughts in a blog. I can’t wait. Here’s the taster. I hope this encourages you as much as it has me!
“Thanks for your support. I ‘happened’ to read this paragraph in ‘Undefended Leader‘ by Simon Walker today and thought of you…..
“As long as we fear for our job, as long as we fear for our salary, as long as we fear for our reputation, as long as we fear for our popularity, as long as we fear for our credibility, as long as we fear for our wealth, as long as we fear for our control, we cannot be truly free in our leadership. (Because) …we will defend ourselves against the loss of the assets we value most. Only the person who is secure against the loss of all these things can be truly undefended, truly free. The secret of effective leadership is the freedom to live the undefended life” (pg 103).
It’s all about facing failure and loss, and embracing it, which is only possible when you know those you respect unconditionally accept you:
“Freedom comes from knowing that you are approved of. Freedom to perform comes form the knowledge that there is someone rooting for you in the audience, whose opinion you value more than anyone else’s and who is smiling and cheering for you” (pg 102).
Ultimately that is a Divine acceptance, but it also helps when that acceptance has a human face. So thanks for rooting for me!
Blessings – Phil”
Thank you Phil for taking the time to write this. I feel moved to bless others by accepting them unconditionally. I’m am posting your comments in the hope that it might have the same effect on others.