The more the leader's beliefs are deeply rooted, the more his ability decreases to broaden his horizons and human relations.
A sequence from the movie "Leon - The Professional (1994)"caught my attention in particular. If you remember well, Leon – the killer valued in a particular way a small plant in a pot which he leave on the window sill. He took care of it daily, taking with him anywhere he moved. That plant brought him little peace of mind and softened his life.
At one point, while watering the plant, smiling and gracious, Leon says to Mathilde - the girl that he had saved from death and that he "adopted":
- This plant is my best friend. It's always happy and doesn't ask questions. It's like me, see? It has no roots.
Mathilda hesitated a longer moment, thinking better over the words of Leon, and then responded with a weak smile:
- If you really love it, take it in the middle of a park, to make roots.
The way you understand the world leaves traces in yourself
Since a child Leon was trained to kill, the secret missions, and basically antisocial, was accompanying him everywhere, continuously, so removing him from other people, of love, compassion and true happiness. Always standing in the wings, hidden from the eyes of others, failing to communicate with people, he could not realize the true value of life. He never had made new plans, he never gone searching for meaning in life. His world was not a world full of dreams in which, always with hope, always with serenity, always with faith and desire for life to seek happiness and find it. But it was a dull world, hidden, and he was the robot that only responded to commands.
I think that the words of the famous writer Danielle Steel from the novel "Loving" which I reread it recently, render quite well the thoughts of Leon:
"My soul, so old, so empty, it is afraid of me, of my life, until my dreams, shiny new, will start again, in a different landscape, in another game, finally aware of what they know, of what they think, of what I am and I feel..."
Maybe we should think well through the words of Danielle Steel, respectively to Leon's thoughts, and instead of seeing the world through the prism of resignation, to start in the pursuit of happiness.
Leadership begins with a change of attitude
To do something against your wishes and aspirations is, certainly, to isolate yourself in your own universe. And if that happens, then you could not appease either with the inner world of other people.
Mathilda helped Leon to see another side of things, helped him understand what is joy, what is good because her way of seeing the world was not as limited as his way. She changed his beliefs and values, changed his habits and direction in life. She helped him to find and develop his true "roots".
With the plants, it is the same as to people. Eventually their roots rot if not water. Similarly, people who do not develop new horizons and new human connection end up by closing in themselves, by separating involuntarily of other people. A plant, sparingly watered will be more vigorous, as a grown man in the spirit of a life full of joy and contentment will broaden his horizons.
Do this and your leadership will lead into a new direction
All the beliefs and feelings that you're forming it will create the life you will lead with all the daily circumstances. The more your beliefs are deeply rooted, the more decreases your ability to broaden your horizons and human relations.
You have a personality, a soul, an “ego” that makes you unique. You can change your own life as well as the others if you remain open to diverse viewpoints and perspectives. Detach yourself from the beliefs that "pull" you back, detach yourself from the thoughts, feelings and unhealthy values and principles, to free your mind to see and accept alternatives.
The Magic formula of a free soul is given by your opening towards other people. Your leadership is still far away from reaching that level of quality that best reflects your strongest values, if you do not adapt to the environment of others, if you do not experiment new ideas and new options that you have available. To widen your horizons and human relations, by all means you need to change your beliefs and reconsider your values and concepts.
Everyone is free to think as he wants, is independent in thought and in action. But he also must be in line with the thinking of others, with the possibilities of action, but also with the existing legislation at a time. The isolation in the own universe, the non-acceptance of a new way of thinking and the lack of a broad horizon are unfavorable for the leader. And to act outside the law because of the rigidity in thinking attracts harsh penalties.
What would be the magic formula of a free soul? Nobody can accurately define it. The fact is that the leader, as other people, must strive to create something great in his life. This can be achieved only if everyone is armed with a healthy thinking, if everyone is open to a broader horizonA perspective vision, an effective communication, open, an action within the legal limits of generally accepted or even required, will allow you to develop your "roots" increasing your vigor and even your authority.