The Freedom of Being

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When we discuss freedom, we often think of debates that address the limits that individuals should not exceed before infringing on the freedoms of others. Viewed in this way, freedom would be an energetic, continuous and eternal subject of debate: Start with possible antagonism between individual freedom and collective interest, through to the freedom to refuse to do what is harmful within an otherwise reasonable task, to how freedom should be more than the thirst to fulfil one’s desires. Freedom can not be taken for granted and never will be as its outlines are so vague and complex. We are not surprised by this observation, which merely reflects the continuous and interdependent evolution of social contexts, individual needs and interpersonal influences.

Reflection on freedom should be conducted on a personal basis before becoming a social debate. This is not to say that social debate is not important, but it is important to recognize that we often miss out on the basics by focusing our attention only on social debates, which are fine themselves, but distract us from the fact that our circle of influence begins first and foremost with ourselves. Freedom can not be only about universal declarations, fundamental values ​​and global principles reflecting statutory freedoms. Each of us has his or her own definition of their freedom. Reflecting on our perception of our own freedom implies a better understanding of one’s self and is a measure of how important we consider it to be.

At stake is not only appreciating the impact of our freedom on our surroundings, our friends, colleagues, or family, but also to consider if freedom is your priority and whether you consider it to be a philosophy or way-of-life which guides your actions, gestures and thoughts. The answer is lies intimately seeking deep inside you and not in focusing on how others see you. Your answer will tell you what you are able to do on a personal and interpersonal level to realize your dream of ‘freedom’. It is not an easy exercise as we often know what we risk losing if we do not remain subject to systems and relationships that condition our existence but neither do we know the full extent of the gains made by freeing ourselves of these.

It is also important to recognize that freedom is a dream and not an easily accessible reality. We are often mistaken in believing that freedom is naturally acquired. It is far from being so. We are born naturally dependent on our surroundings. Dreaming of freedom is above all liberating what you are instead of remaining dependent. It is the freedom to be an agent of change, not a victim. If you dream of being free, start by challenging your own status-quo, intellectually speaking. Everything around you has been done by people who have similar abilities to you. Undergo a perpetual fight against inertia by undoing your beliefs and build your values ​​from experience. You will flourish by rebuilding your world and making your energy gravitate around it. More than a plan of personal development or an ephemeral attitude, you will mostly have to undertake a personal revolution and a mission of a lifetime worshipping life. To be free is, above all, to live what you are and not what others make you to be.

Leadership is not about magic potions!

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Leadership fascinates, seduces and intrigues! Leaders can exert ascendancy over groups; transform intentions, habits and even destinies. ‘A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way’, says John C. Maxwell. Leadership translates the ability of leaders to gather strong, sustainable buy-in from their teams towards ambitious projects, says Françoise Gri.

As a result of admiration, we often draw long lists of leaders’ qualities in order to analyze them and to draw inspiration from the traits of character that we may have already have or can acquire to become a leader, or to advise people how to become leaders. There are, in fact, so many qualities involved in leadership that you would not be able to list them all. These qualities often depend on context, constraints and opportunities: the qualities that gave a leader ascendancy over a group in one situation may not be those required to convince the same group in another situation.

In trying to crystallize magic potion conclusions from what we see through the actions and behaviour of leaders, we often fail to recognize that the essence of leadership is not visible. Indeed, leadership often begins with work on one’s self, for one’s self. The changes, practices and attention-grabbing postures, especially in leadership, are the result of years of arduous work. Steve Jobs often confirmed this by saying, ‘If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time’. Leadership is the result of personal success earned through perseverance respecting every dimensions of your being and which uncovers its ultimate and infinite potential. This potential gives you confidence and attracts the confidence of others in what you do. You are mistaken if you consider that leadership applied to ‘others’ precedes leadership on your self. Some try to influence others through their innate or acquired qualities, some manipulate others around a non-authentic and unfulfilled image … but this manifestation of manipulative leadership can only be ephemeral.

Ensuring the sustainability of your leadership certainly involve universal qualities, independent of situations and cultures, which we often find around us, such as authenticity, engagement in a cause greater than individual interest, and the ability to inspire. But the backbone of leadership sustainability begins with self-leadership built through 10 vital principles: Prioritize Vision, Dare to be Authentic, Believe in Your Distinctive Uniqueness, Thrive at work, Be persistent but not stubborn, Make the most of the instant, Choose to Choose, Learn to Learn, Understand Your Relative Value, and Resource yourself constantly! Those principles are described in specific articles that you can check on www.yandouz.com 

Believe in your distinctive uniqueness!

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We often feel that our paths are based on systems and criteria that others have created for us. These might stem from our schooling, our promotion path in our company, our assessment of wealth …

This is a false paradigm. Our journey is in fact unique, if we wish to make it so, especially as we are in fact unique ourselves, just as we carry in ourselves this identity and that very particular grain that is born with us. You can strive to leverage it into realizing your potential or you can dilute it into ambient conformism. It is certainly difficult for us to understand and implement our uniqueness in a climate that favours pre-established social norms, rules of use consistent with habits, or relational rites that govern our interactions with others …

You are unique and you deserve a unique treatment, at least in the way you consider yourself. It is not a question of increasing your egocentricity or narcissism. It is rather an understanding that you can contribute in a rather distinctive way to your evolution, through what you bring to your surroundings, the imprint you bear on your company, and first and foremost what you become. Between what your DNA makes of you, and what you make of your DNA, you have the keys to understanding the meaning of your life, beyond simply satisfying your needs and desires.

If you embrace your uniqueness, you will have the opportunity to believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself, you will be able to transform your life away from the routine of conformism towards creativity and agility, which will further reinforce your uniqueness.

The virtuous circle is clearly not simple to set up, but it all begins with changing your paradigm in relation to yourself and not waiting for people to do it first.

 

Female Leadership, the way of the future!

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Women intensely contribute to the development of humanity on the scale of individuals, organizations and societies. They do it, for sure, passionately, often suffering unequal opportunities, but they do so especially with a lot of influence on men and the organizations they belong to.

Dwight Eisenhower, President of the United States of America from 1953 and 1961, brilliantly defined leadership as “The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. What is ver Continuez à lire