The world renowned Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, once said that the first time he saw the earth from space, he could not believe how small he felt; how insignificant he believed himself to be looking into the vastness of the universe in direct relation to the size of earth below him.
In that moment, he wished that he could grab a hold of every leader in the world and drag them into space with him, to look down at the world and see it for what it really is. To help them understand how infinitesimally small they really are. A perfect metaphor to remind them about the importance of taking on a much bigger, wider perspective beyond themselves.
Doing so would help remove them from their own ego and see that they are just one among countless others in the world. In Chris’ own words:
“Because our whole planet was just outside my window in space, I felt even more aware of and connected to the 7 other billion people who call it home.”
If every leader could see this perspective, they would realize that they are just one among many in the organization striving to do their best to contribute to the world in their own unique way.
Leadership is difficult. There is no one right recipe for getting leadership right. It takes both a granular view yet also a much bigger perspective. The very best leaders understand this. They understand that, although they may be at the top of the food chain, so to speak, in their own organizations, they are not the center of the universe.
These people lead with humility, poise, compassion, and purpose. And their ultimate aim is to always help others rise, be seen, and contribute their very best.
Perhaps, taking on an astronaut perspective, is a great reminder to all leaders that they are only here for a brief, fleeting moment in time and how they choose to use that time matters.
With every sunrise comes another opportunity for leaders to be their very best for those who they serve.
To bring hope.
To give purpose.
That's what they will be remembered by.
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KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.