I bought my daughter a kitten for her birthday last year, it’s the first time I have ever been a cat owner. Dogs all of my life, never cats. Until then (I have to be honest), I kind of viewed cats as arrogant narcissists!
So no surprises that the kitten has taught me some pretty cool life lessons, the greatest one … seeing the world with an open mind; deliberately looking for a new perspective on everything, and just being curious all the time.
When we first got her, as you would expect, she walked around the house with big blue eyes of wonderment, looking at anything and everything. All things were totally new, everything worthy of deep inquiry – searching and smelling and touching over and over.
One morning I am in the shower (she is one of those cats that likes water) and she comes, intrigued and gazing with her blue wondering eyes. Now the shower is a pretty dull place right? Apparently not! She stares, bewildered and curious, because she has never seen it before – slowly exploring the roof, the walls, the corners, the door, the water pooling on the ground – taking all the newness in.
Next morning, I am in the shower and she comes in and she does the same thing – comes in intrigued, curious and gazing around – searching, listening, smelling, touching like she has never seen it before.
Next morning the same – intrigued and curious – and this becomes her pattern – searching, listening, smelling, touching like she has never seen it before.
And I am blown away by this pattern – this attitude – this approach to the world around her – to always be open and curious and view things like she has never seen them before, hear things like she has never heard them before, feel things like she has never felt them before.
So I decide to try it on for size – this deliberate, intentional approach to view the world around me like I’ve never seen it before, hear things like I have never heard them before, and feel things like i have never felt them before – it fits and I like it.
The great leadership expert – John Maxwell tells us that ‘Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.’
A decision to intentionally view the world with curiosity opens the doors of creativity, and creativity as a leader allows us to stay far enough ahead to motivate, inspire and keep people moving towards the vision.
#2 Secret to Intentional Leadership – Be Open, Be Interested, Be Curious.