“Forever trust in who you are” – great advice for all in leadership roles

This haunting melody performed by Scala Choir & Kolacny Brothers of Metallica’s song “Nothing Else Matters” is wonderful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Rg6nuZoQM. Have a listen and enjoy.

Whilst preparing a workshop in North Wales on Appreciative Inquiry, I was listening to this and it just highlights so well how to approach AI as a change management tool i.e. just trust in “who you are” and be open to ideas and others.

The major assumption of Appreciative Inquiry is that in every organisation something works and that change can be managed through the identification of what works, and the analysis of how to do more of what works. It is kind of counter-intuitive to our cultural belief that we look for problems and then try and solve them.

I believe strongly that the principles of AI can be applied to us as human beings and as leaders, so that AI is a tool that individuals can apply to great effect – but only if we are really open to truly being ourselves; sharing the real “us” with others as well as being open to the ideas and input of others.

I like the notion that this emotive track of “Nothing Else Matters” encourages us all as individuals and leaders to remember that no matter what happens in life, or who we meet or what we do – it is just so important to remember “who we are” as a person and not let what other people think about us change us from being ourselves.

It’s a reminder to us all to simply be “true to ourselves”, be the person we truly are and if we always remember exactly who we are, then “nothing else matters”.

Being “true to who you are” is the exact definition of integrity. Leaders with integrity inspire trust and confidence in them from others; they build trusted relationships – because in whatever the business, team, family, relationship or organisation “nothing else matters”.

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