I talk with Pedro Portela, a complex systems thinking coach and a self-described network enthusiast living in Portugal. An engineer by training, Pedro is now a freelance consultant for peace building and conflict transformation. We explore how followership skills play a vital role in peace building initiatives as well as how understanding healthy leading and following dynamics can help us let go of the command-control paradigm so that we can move forward together in a world of complexity and uncertainty.
"When you’re dancing you’re practicing everything you need to be in the now."
“The relationship between lead and follow is out of balance in our world today.”
“How can we get our act together as a global civilization?”
“I think we tend to forget how much intention there is in our followership decision, and how much power we have by choosing to follow and reflecting on who is it that we want to follow.”
“We tend to be blocked in this idea that everyone needs to lead, when really everyone needs to be more in touch with what it is that they want to follow.”
John Paul Lederach, The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace
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