Within a chemical reaction, a catalyst will increase the speed of the reaction. A catalyst does this with less energy and often with only a small amount of catalyst is needed. The catalyst is never consumed.
The parallels between these chemistry characteristics and that of sustainable, visionary leadership, inspires me. Inspiring ‘chemical reactions’ for positive change.
Sharing the vision and promoting the possibility, then allowing others to be apart of and own the vision. In so ensuring the vision spreads, grows and strengthens while ensuring one doesn’t burn out or become consumed.
Being a visionary catalyst is about ‘giving birth’ to belief. Then like a ‘parent’ you will nuture, support and care for your belief ‘child’. Your child at some point will mature and like a parent you will need to let go. Micro managing is not the visionary catalyst’s role. Micro managing will kill the visionary and vision.
Let go and trust your communication of the vision. Trust those who believe and support the vision. Trust is empowering others to become leaders.
Regardless if you are a leader in a work situation or a leader in an environmental mission or voluntary community group, the lesson is the same. I wish I understood this lesson in my earlier leadership roles.