I was drawn to the Visionary Leadership program because I longed to be able to share the Journey work I had done on myself into my daily working life. I knew that I needed another vocabulary, and more tools in my tool box. What happened at VL was totally unexpected. I was given the extraordinary gift of fully empowering myself in the corporate milieu.
I am responsible for the research development of about 250 full-time researchers in the Faculty of Arts of my university. The main objective of my position is to raise as much external funding for the university as possible. The university’s success as a research institution depends upon this.
Reduced stress: What has happened over the last year is that, while I am busier than ever, I experience life as free of stress. I have let go of the unspoken rules that haunted my daily life. I have learned to empower my researchers by no longer identifying myself with their success. My success rate has dropped slightly, and yet we have raised more funds. The researchers who were ready have shone brilliantly, and those who were not ready are prepared to try again next year.
Woman in a Man’s world: As a woman working in a male-dominated environment, I have acquired tools that allow me to let go of the need to defend myself or play victim. In fact, the freedom I experience in accepting myself has created a sense of respect and appreciation from my male colleagues not present before. I am also less hard on my female colleagues.
Values Based Work: And, finally, I have a sense of living from a place of my highest values – compassion, authenticity, creativity, and empowerment. These values permeate my relations with my colleagues. When faced with difficult situations I am able to draw on many more tools to resolve conflict, or to step back and let wisdom enter into the dialogue. I know now that I never have to compromise my values in order to do my work, and by living from this place, I notice the people around me becoming more self-aware also.