LEADER’S FIELD GUIDE
We navigated the hairpin curves up the mountain pass. The moon was climbing above snow-covered peaks into a soft pink sky. It moved in and out of view through my backseat window. Usually, I am the one that points out the moon, as if it were just discovered. But during a lull in the conversation, I heard, “Wow, check out the moon!” Hoping to get a laugh, I said dryly, “Yeah, I’ve seen it…” Actually, we shouldn’t take it for granted, after all, the moon is moving away from the earth at a rate of 1.6 inches (4 centimeters) per year.”1
Don’t worry, the speed of separation between the earth and moon is hardly escape velocity (the speed an object must travel to break free of a planet).2 Unfortunately, in the business world, escape velocity can be associated with employees leaving the office at the end of the day. Yes, there can be lunar-sized reasons for such hasty exits. Perhaps you are familiar with a leader who has a dark side, absorbs anything positive, or is a damaging force, seemingly, felt around the world?
The moon’s gravitational pull generates something called the tidal force. The tidal force causes Earth—and its water—to bulge out on the side closest to the moon and the side farthest from the moon. These bulges of water are high tides. – NOAA
What about you? Do you phase in and out of being a Lunar Leader?
- Dark Side: The earth’s gravitation is so strong, it prevents the moon from spinning on its own axis– hiding the so-called dark side of the moon. The moon doesn’t really have a dark side, but some people do… What do you keep on the far side hoping no one will notice? How is that unknown or hidden element affecting your authenticity?
- Moon Shine: The moon’s surface is made up of gray volcanic rocks, so it is not very reflective. Even though the “sun releases an estimated 384.6 yotta watts (3.846×1026 watts) of energy in the form of light and other forms of radiation,”3 the moon only reflects 11% back to Earth.4 Consider your workplace interactions, what are you reflecting? Deflecting? Absorbing? How could you give back more than you take?
- Tidal Force: The gravity of the moon cause tides to rise and fall twice every lunar day (24 hours and 50 minutes).5 Tides rise and fall directly opposite of the moon, too! Coastal currents most often benefit sea life and ship captains, but tidal force is blind to possible flooding which harms people and damages infrastructure. What is the underlying current of your leadership? What far-reaching effects does your leadership have?
The next time you are captivated with the moon’s beauty in the fading light of evening (again), think about Lunar Leadership. The impact of authenticity, generosity, and influence in the workplace can be astronomical. Leadership can be attractive or drive team members away at escape velocity.
Source: 1Space, 2Northwestern, 3The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, 4Cornell, 5NOAA.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman (PMP, PCC) is a speaker, author, and leadership coach with Leading Synergies. She hosts global masterminds, called Synergy Groups, for REALLY BUSY Christians leading with powerful confidence and humble hearts. She works with high-performing leaders focused on organizational effectiveness by refining strategy, inspiring teams, and delighting clients. Michelle specializes in the areas of information technology, project management, franchise management, and business as mission. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 22 years.
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