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Leading as Surrendering: Letting go of one’s resistance to what is, in order to discern how to effectively respond

Matthew Eriksen
Providence College  |  United States

Tom King
Providence College  |  United States

Keywords: Leadership, Surrender, Decision-Making, Experiential Exercise

Abstract: This exercise helps leaders recognize and explore situations in which they are refusing to accept their current reality because of its implications to such things as their self-worth, values, fundamental beliefs, or the way they believe things ought to be. The exercise then has them identify their default reactions in this situation. They explore the current consequences of their reactive responses. Next, participants are guided to identify alternative responses to the situation. Finally, they discern a preliminary action that they can take that will lead to more positive and meaningful outcomes.


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