I recently took a risk. I added business contacts to my Facebook page and uploaded my personal blog on LinkedIn. I’ve always maintained a clear line between my professional life and my personal life. This seemingly simple switch came from a recent conversation I had about modern global leadership.
I will be the first to admit I have siloed my life. I have a “professional face” and a “personal life face.” As most of my friends and colleagues know, there’s not a drastic difference between these sides. I consider myself to be a genuine person, and I’m 90%-100% myself in almost all environments.
With that said, I can’t help but wonder: What if we were completely ourselves in every part of our lives? 6 Months to Live has been my number one passion project for the past 2 years. I was worried about sharing it in a professional environment because I was afraid that it would discount my “professional face” (as with the post Shit Happens!) and that my moments of vulnerability in this blog and in my writing would be seen as over-expression and ultimately weakness.
The new leaders of the world are human. They’re collaborative, authentic, and honest. They lead by example, and they lead with their hearts. My favorite quote of all time has always been: “You Must Be the Change you Wish to See in the World.” The change I wish to see is that people feel inspired and safe to be who they truly are–whoever that is. And if I really believe in Gandhi’s words, that means I can share my passion for life, writing, the banjo, humor, art, the international community, and so much more in all environments because that is me.