The word renaissance is a French word that means rebirth or renewal (PSU WC, 2019. OLEAD 410, L12, p. 3). When we think about the Renaissance Era you probably don’t think about the word in a way of leadership. Personally, I think of Renaissance Fairs surrounded by knights and queens, and I can’t forget about the swords. But there is a side we don’t normally think about, the leadership side. Without the shift to self-awareness, knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses as a leader may never have become an option, as it would be assumed that divine rights, such as those bestowed upon royal families, were the only way to become a leader (PSU WC, 2019. OLEAD 410, L12, p. 3).
If you have been around in the same organization for long enough you probably have the same issues I have with a shake of the head which is more frequent as the years go by. I suggest using the Renaissance movement to boost you and your leadership into a new beginning. Go back to the meaning of the word and it means rebirth or renewal. We can all benefit from a fresh start or renewal, even if it means to move on to a new organization.
Take a few moments to gather your thoughts when you think of renaissance. Now, lets learn from those thoughts as we can translate that to your workplace today. Leaders where overall in charge, I wouldn’t think too many questions were asked by servants. Current generations now in the workplace ask more of the why questions. I look at volunteer organizations that have been run by the same leadership for many years. It seems like if you go against the top leader or even simply ask a question the guillotine comes out. Lets start a renaissance in our leadership. Ask questions, become the best leader possible, and move your organization into the future of success. After all we are no longer dressed as knights riding our horse to the workplace, start a new.