I hope all of you are having a beautiful week and looking forward to an amazing holiday weekend if here in the states.
With the Fourth of July right around the corner, I have seen a lot of symbols and colors we here in the states tend to associate with “freedom”. But so often, we focus on the physical aspects of being free or perhaps having the right to practice whatever religion we feel most in-touch with (if any at all) or being able to speak our minds freely in a political forum.
But today, I want to talk about another kind of freedom; the one that comes when you make the conscious choice to be truly who you are and to allow those around you the same respect. As an event professional, it is essential that we allow our clients to freely express their thoughts without feeling judged. This not only helps them to feel heard, but it will help us achieve greater success for we will have the information needed to give our clients what they truly want.
As a manager, we want to create an open forum where staff members and colleagues can openly express their
opinions without fearing retaliation or being dismissed. As a partner and parent, you want to respect each unit in the whole, and as a human being, we need to know where we end and another begins.
True freedom isn’t to do whatever you want when you want without regard to anyone around us, but to hold the uniqueness and individuality of others in as high regard as we do ourselves. It is knowing who we are, at our deepest levels, and feeling confident enough in our values and abilities to use words with integrity and be willing to stand by them.
We live in a world that finds safety in pigeonholing and confining, in labeling and stonewalling, but real freedom–and real leadership–stems from having the personal power to allow for a democracy in all areas of our lives, to encourage a free flow of ideas and to be personally involved with every exchange without personalizing them.
Today, I hope all of you will really look at how free you allow yourself and those around you to be. If the answer is not what you hoped it would be, ask yourself the questions needed to create the space and relationships you want and deserve.
With a Happy Heart,
Kathy Romero is the CEO and Head of Global Planning for Preston Bailey Designs. She shares her thoughts and advice on Preston’s Blog every Thursday.