Leaders as Healers
Do you ever have ‘guides’ who send you messages in some way?
No, not when you’re drunk or high or otherwise stoned off your butt (lol)… that’s not what I meant.
Not that time when you heard your mom’s voice in your head either saying “I told you so’… not that one either…
More like this: Years ago I learned of a process that Tim Kelly speaks about in his book True Purpose (link here). Tim has done this work with leaders, governments and all kinds of people around the world.
Often, its surprising as well.
Years ago, when I went through the process I was guided to this message:
‘You are meant to heal the healers who heal the world.’
My first thought was: What the heck does that mean?
My second thought was: Wow, maybe this works cuz I would never say something like that. Hello Guides? Are you out there?
This all went down about 10 years ago.
And only now am I starting to get it.
Around that time I did work with healers so I suppose that could have made sense. The confusion came because I often worked with others. Business owners. Business founders. CEOs.
Not in any profession one could call ‘healing’.
So, what the heck?
And do you know that only today did it occur to me. During a meditation no less.
That phrase came through.
That phrase I hadn’t thought about for years.
In fact, I do heal the healers.
The Leaders I work with ARE Healers. And many, when they are healed can take the lid off of the results they’re creating.
Think about it.
Leaders help design, navigate and guide the course of a business.
That is all based on a vision. An idea. Often intangible.
They’re responsible for their staff/team and clients getting some needs met.
What if we looked a bit deeper. What if there are no accidents that you as a leader have begun this work.
And what if all those who come to work for you and with you, as clients, vendors, and team… what if they are also here to be healed and to heal others.
How you ask?
How when you as leader are so stretched already.
Unsure of how all will turn out.
Sometimes scared too.
With so much on your plate.
Just like you:
Many of us view work as a the major meaningful activity in our lives. Work is tied to our definition of self worth, (which is one of the reasons being out of work can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts).
Humans have a need to achieve and feel successful. It’s how we’re wired.
And its kind of hard to feel successful when you feel like dirt.
When you wonder if you will ever find your way.
Or feel supported.
Or get ahead.
That’s where we can begin to heal each other.
As the leader of an organization we choose how to set the tone.
Our energy can invigorate or viserate.
Here’s the dictionary definition of healer:
*a person who claims to be able to cure a disease or injury using special powers.
*a person or thing that mends or repairs something.
*something that alleviates a person’s distress or anguish.
Now I’m not saying that you will cure disease or injury … or am I?
We cure all of the above by caring.
By active listening.
By helping our peeps step into their own genius zones.
By creating a culture of support.
We mend by being a safe space.
By helping others to stretch.
To mirror their greatness so they may witness it as real.
By acknowledging and encouraging their own breakthroughs.
Every day we have opportunities to do so.
Recently a client was sharing about one of his team members who was annoying others. Talking too much. Being a know-it-all. Creating tension. He shared the question: How can my best worker also be my worst employee in terms of connecting with others?
This is how.
He had a talk with the guy. Shared what was happening as a result of this way of being. Without blame. Without ego. Shared in a caring (healing) manner.
They guy got it. He was grateful for the insights and since then the guy has become more aware.
He’s shifted how he communicates.
He stopped having to show that he was smarter and began helping others.
He therefore stopped triggering other issues in his co-workers as well.
Everyone is more productive because they feel more united, less irritated.
All feel less judged.
When we take the time to align everyday activity and tasks with the interests/skills/talents of our people, we enhance the outcomes for all.
Doing so helps us all. We enhance retention, lower stress, add to productivity, lessen sick days, all while creating the possibilities of bringing up better leaders behind us.
Being a leader is about more than money.
It’s about lifting others as you climb.
So, are leaders able to do as described above?
Alleviate a person’s distress, mend or repair, and cure?
Perhaps that’s a bit extreme of a definition, but I do believe that YES this is possible.
You too can be a healer Leader.
And it’s highly likely that by being so, you will heal yourself as well.
So YES, I work with those who are the healers who heal the world.
Now I see, through this work that is what I do.
WooWoo and all.
Enjoy YOUR Unforgettable Journey,
Branding Specialist and Strategic Planner, J. Winslow brings decades of solid experience to each project and leader she interacts with. Clients range from non-profits such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, to Madison Avenue Biggies including: Women’s Day Magazine, Cover Girl and Elizabeth Taylor. She also enjoys working with TEDx speakers and students ready to leverage their own brand stories.