These are intense times. Our country is as divided as it has ever been. We have divided new sources and politicians are tearing the country apart.
And yet, as a society we are more polarized than ever. Too often political leaders and the media think its a better idea to play to our tribal instincts and create more division and polarization than it is to empower people with real information and a dialogue on the issues.
This divisive polarization is blocking us from solving most of our important problems and is creating real pain in our communities. Racism and race issues are on the rise and families and communities have been torn apart because of polarization. These same dynamics of polarization happen locally too. Vested interests, ego’s and identity politics all play out on school boards, city councils and local assemblies. It makes it difficult for local leaders to be effective and move policies and projects forward.
But we can get beyond polarization. All of the issues we face and pain we experience is an opportunity to show up and become better leaders.
We can learn how to better communicate with each other and:
Have constructive conversations on politics and difficult issues.
Heal relationships, friendships and our communities.
Become better leaders by mastering the “hard” and “soft” skills of communication to rally supporters, build bridges and create new alliances.
To be successful we all need to become masterful communicators and to do so means learning the right mindset, heartset and communication skillset.