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Japanese inspiration on authentic leadership: KINTSUKUROI

Striving for perfection vs authenticity?

Most of us are consciously or unconsciously striving for perfection. Everyone in different areas and in different way.

When we don’t meet expectations (set by ourselves or others) or when we make a mistake, we tend to be ashamed. And we are often not keen on sharing it or showing it to others.

We were inspired by Japanese craftsmen who use a technique called KINTSUKUROI which is the art of “repairing with gold.” When a pot breaks, instead of throwing it away, craftsmen repair it with a gold lacquer that celebrates its flaws. In doing so, the pot becomes more valuable than when it was perfect.

What consciously or unconsciously keeps us in striving for perfection are our fears. We have different fears. Fear of not being good enough, not competent enough or fear that we will disappoint someone or fail.

However failure is not our enemy but our greatest asset as everyone is uniquely imperfect. It is exactly our failures which shape us. As it is the flaws that tell the pot`s story, it is our failures and lessons learnt that tell ours. So let`s not only embrace our failures but celebrate them. Because we are more valuable for having them.

Japanese inspiration on authentic leadership: IKIGAI

When was the last time you sat down, or took a walk, to think about what makes this one life you have meaningful — what makes it worth living?

We would like to introduce you IKIGAI – a Japanese concept meaning “a reason for being”. As we work worldwide, we see how important this is regardless the geographic location or culture.

The concept of authentic leadership is aligned. In our programs we start with each participant (re)discovering his or her talents, passions and creating his or her purpose. One of the reasons people don`t find their ikigai is due to our fears and ego which don`t allow the self’s possibilities to blossom. The integrating long term success and satisfaction in leadership is not only possible but actually critical to sustain high performance.

As psychiatrist Kobayashi Tsukasa, author of ikigai, says: “People can feel real ikigai only when, on the basis of personal maturity, the satisfaction of various desires, love and happiness, encounters with others, and a sense of the value of life, they proceed toward self-realization.”

So what is your ikigai and ikigai of people in your organization and personal life?

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