The art of “dialing up” and/or “dialing down” when leaning in with others was one of the best pieces of leadership coaching advice I received from my own leadership coach Jill Proud. Another way to put this is to be “present with others without losing yourself” Brene Brown.
Empathy and compassion is needed in our world as we work, play and connect with one another. Finding space to share ourselves without losing ourselves, conserves the energy needed to stay present and in touch with ourselves. This is not selfish, or self centred – it is required in order to show up in the world as the uniquely talented and present people we were called to be. Our world suggests success through position titles, material wealth, status etc. This may provide short term satisfaction but we will continue to search for greater meaning and purpose. Hold onto the space to discover and be YOU.