What does it mean to “lead with grace” in today’s world?
To lead with grace is to be at the service of others. When we are gracious, we make others feel at ease and give them an opportunity to feel graceful themselves. To lead with grace is to recognize that true leadership is not about you.
Grace is defined as an intentional act of unmerited favor or an inclination to promote others’ interests and bring them joy. Yet grace is more than just an action – it is a deeply spiritual word.
Grace can seem nostalgic and countercultural in today’s harsh and coarse world.
Grace is where style and substance meet. Grace can seem superficial, but when properly understood, it is genuinely profound. Grace is a way of moving through the physical world and a way of touching the realm of the spiritual. It is a concept that is evocative and elusive. Grace can also seem nostalgic and countercultural in today’s harsh and coarse world. Brashness and bravado are rewarded far more often than the gentler and subtler act—and art—of grace.
When unsure what to do or how to respond to workplace challenges, go with grace. Ask yourself what it would mean to act graciously. By leading with grace, you create opportunities for others to be their graceful best, whether they are your children or your colleagues.
Leading with grace will always help you find the best possible outcome. Embrace your grace, cultivate it, and share it with colleagues and the world, which desperately needs it.
Lead with grace.