The rite of passage of the rational leader

Jill Christensen
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The rite of passage of the rational leader
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The rite of passage of the rational leader

One of the higher activities, which the cerebral cortex is responsible for, is self-awareness, that is, the highest level of awareness. Our species has not only developed the ability to perceive the external world and to relativize it to itself, but it is able to objectify its own self and to grasp itself in the act of thinking and thinking about it.

In other words, the human being knows reality through a logical comparison with "otherness", that is, everything that is other than the self. This leads him to a sort of alienation, from which he returns to himself to find himself and gather himself in a higher synthesis. At a less complex level, we can say that we all self-observe ourselves and try to make the idea that we mature about ourselves consistent with the behaviors we have in everyday life.

The problem is that our coherence collapses in the face of the varied world of our personalities. Yes, because each of us expresses himself through a series of behaviors, ordered according to the criteria of more than one personality. No wonder or fear that you are suffering from multiple personality disorder.

This is partly explained by the different environmental situations with which we interact. It can be said that, depending on the stage we are on, we play a part or a role. If we are in the family, we act and behave coherently with the part that seems to us best to play our role as father, mother, son / daughter, grandfather, etc. While, if we are with friends, or girlfriends, we "enter" another part and play another role.

The premise is important, because it introduces us to the theme of the correct interpretation of the role of the leader. When we say "enter the part", we mean to put into action all those conscious mechanisms through which we think and behave coherently with the role we are going to play. When a surgeon enters the operating room and puts on the gown to operate, it is not limiting itself to complying with a necessary hygienic-sanitary procedure, it is carrying out a real rite of conscious interpretation of a role. Deep inside the simple gesture of wearing a uniform, there is the rituality of a passage from one state to another.

In anthropology this has been known for more than a century thanks to Arnold Van Gennep and refers to the rites of passage from one socio-cultural state to another. For example, think about baptism, circumcision, the awarding of a diploma or degree. A rite of passage is a formality (strictly sensu), not “with which”, but “through which” one passes from a previous state to a subsequent one. The whole process of identification takes place with reference to ourselves, but also and above all with reference to others. It is a visible message, with which we declare to the world that we are coming out of our disengaged role as simple people, to enter the specific one for which and with which we characterize ourselves professionally.

Just swipe the badge for entry to work. All this, for a leader, is of extraordinary importance. It is not a question of assuming a silly expression of an "important" person, it is a question of triggering in one's mind a way of thinking and interacting with others that conditions and characterizes one's role. A leader is not facilitated by an external ritual, like that of the gown for a surgeon or the gown for a judge, all the rituality is expressed on an inner level and is revealed in the behavior with one's collaborators and one's team.

The mindset of the leader must be worn with an awareness dictated by will and determination. Over time, from self - conditioning dictated by willpower alone, it will become a ritual that will be activated spontaneously. When he arrives in the workplace, the leader will get used to filling that role with all that it entails for himself and for others. It is no coincidence that the etymology of the term "habit" is "habit". In fact, it is a question of repeatedly “wearing” a behavior which, like a dress, will take the shape of the leader over time, becoming naturally adherent to his nature.

If being logical in every moment of our life is impossible (and seriously not recommended), being so, more often than not, when you are called to play your role as leader, becomes fundamental for the whole universe of activities that the leader will carry out from alone and with others. Over time, he will have learned to know and recognize the psychological movements that affect him, he will have learned to manage the emotions of others and will be able to judge situations with the right rational distance.

He will be used to making shared decisions, trusting others and valuing them. In short, he will have learned to "get into the role of the leader". it becomes fundamental for the whole universe of activities that the leader will carry out alone and with others. Over time, he will have learned to know and recognize the psychological movements that affect him, he will have learned to manage the emotions of others and will be able to judge situations with the right rational distance. He will be used to making shared decisions, trusting others and valuing them.

In short, he will have learned to "get into the role of the leader". it becomes fundamental for the whole universe of activities that the leader will carry out alone and with others. Over time, he will have learned to know and recognize the psychological movements that affect him, he will have learned to manage the emotions of others and will be able to judge situations with the right rational distance. He will be used to making shared decisions, trusting others and valuing them.

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